The Chicago Tribune's Blair Kamin wrote last week about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's dislike of the sign, and said that the city needs to discourage "Trump-style incursions [from defiling] what promises to be a great public space."
Trump addressed the criticism on the "Today" show last week, and blamed the controversy on Kamin.
“This was started by a third-rate architecture critic from the Chicago Tribune who I thought got fired," Trump said. "He was gone for a long period of time.”
That was never the case, Natalie Morales told viewers on Monday.
"Well, in fact that critic –- Pulitzer Prize-winner Blair Kamin –- has been with the Chicago Tribune for more than 20 years and also spent the 2013 academic year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard," she said.
Kamin told Jim Romenesko that he even told Trump before the "Today" segment that he had never been fired from the Tribune.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the first name of architecture critic Blair Kamin.