Ben Carson speaks to guests at a barbeque hosted by Jeff Kauffman, chairman of the Republican party of Iowa in Wilton, Iowa on Nov. 22, 2015.
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November 23, 2015 6:53 PM EST

Ben Carson initially jumped to fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump’s defense when Trump said Sunday he saw “thousands” of people in New Jersey celebrating right after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But Carson has since walked back his comment.

“I saw the film of it, yes,” Carson told reporters Monday of Trump’s claim that thousands in New Jersey, where Trump said there are “large Arab populations,” were celebrating the fall of the Twin Towers. But in a statement provided to TIME, Carson’s campaign clarified that the former neurosurgeon was remembering footage of the Middle East, not of New Jersey:

Trump, however, isn’t backing down, even demanding an apology from the Washington Post:

The Post gave Trump a “four Pinocchio” rating when it fact-checked his statement, saying, “This appears to be another case of Trump’s overactive imagination.”

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