President Donald Trump found himself in some hot water on Tuesday after two entities — the Boy Scouts of America and the President of Mexico — denied aspects of telephone conversations that the president claimed to have had with them.
The White House is now saying that those conversations actually took place in person.
Last week the president gave a speech at the Boy Scouts Jamboree, where he received backlash for making very pointed political remarks at a typically apolitical event for children.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump denied that there were any “mixed reactions saying, “I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful.”
The Boy Scouts say they are “unaware” of any such phone calls taking place, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders now says that those words were actually given to the president in person by Scout leaders.
This week, while he was welcoming his new Chief of Staff John Kelly, President Trump also made claims about a call he received from the President of Mexico praising the administration’s work on the southern border.
“As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they’re close to 80 percent stoppage. And even the president of Mexico called me — they said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment.”
President Enrique Peña Nieto denies that this ever happened and released a statement saying that he “has not recently spoken to President Donald Trump over the telephone.”
Sanders is now saying that the conversation the president is referring to actually took place in person when the two leaders were at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Sanders was then asked, “So [the president] lied? He did not receive a phone call?”
She answered, “I wouldn’t say it was a lie — that’s a pretty bold accusation — the conversations took place. They just didn’t take place over a phone call. He had them in person.”