Donald Trump sent a letter to US President Donald Trump this week, apologizing for his tweet calling the country’s turkey industry “unfit to serve.”
The letter from the president, published by the Associated Press, said he had not intended to offend the industry and its workers.
“I understand that you are very disappointed with my comments, which I am sure you share,” the letter said.
“It was a mistake to make.
I deeply apologize for it.”
The president had previously called turkey farming an “idiotic business” and has since been criticised by members of the industry, including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The White House had been criticised for a tweet on Tuesday in which Trump accused the industry of “dishonesty” and “incompetence.”
The president later said he regretted his comment.
Trump had previously been criticized for a controversial tweet in which he accused the nation’s turkey farmers of “injustice” and an “inhumane, unethical business”.
The president has since said he regrets his comment, which he called a “totally inaccurate” tweet.
Trump’s tweet was a reaction to a New York Times report published on Tuesday, which said the industry was “not fit to serve” and had been struggling for years.
The report by The Times said the US turkey industry had grown by $500m in just three years, but the Trump administration had been slow to respond to the growing concerns.
The Trump administration said in a statement on Wednesday that the president’s tweets “were not intended in any way to disparage or diminish the hard work and dedication of the American turkey industry.”
“The turkey industry has been the envy of the world for decades, and today, it’s one of the most successful and successful companies in the world, with billions of dollars in annual sales and millions of jobs,” the statement said.
The letter to Trump follows a similar letter written by the president last year, which was also seen as a reaction against the industry’s growth.
“The President’s remarks are clearly not reflective of who we are or who we represent,” the White, House, and US Fish and Wildlife Service wrote in the letter to Mr Trump.
“Our nation’s largest turkey producers have been a strong partner to the United States, and I am pleased to say that we have been working hard to meet the challenges of the current environment,” the agency added.