WASHINGTON-It’s not every day you get to use the word “shithole” in a news story, so everyone in the media is running hot today, but the claims against Donald Trump by Washington Democrats and the media might be fake news, according to the President.
Trump accused Democrats at the meeting of fabricating the entire thing.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems,” Trump posted on Facebook today. “I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”
The Washington Post, the pillar of verifiable anonymous sources when it comes to Trump broke the story: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
CNN quickly parroted the Washington Post story.
CNN initially reported: President Donald Trump expressed frustration behind closed doors with people coming to the US from “shithole countries,” sources told CNN on Thursday.One of the sources briefed on the Thursday Oval Office meeting with lawmakers confirmed Trump asked, “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?”
The media ran with the Washington Post and CNN versions of reality, which failed to include a single verifiable shred of evidence. In fact, the Washington Post story even admits those who reported the quote were not even in attendance at the meeting, but were briefed about the meeting by others in attendance.
The story was run on third-person hearsay, apparently.
No audio has surfaced of the President’s remarks yet to back up the claim. The Washington Post has yet to reveal which “people briefed on the meeting” provided the news tip to the paper.