White House Pushes Back After Reporters Claim on Twitter He Ignored Translation at G7 Summit
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer countered a BBC reporter’s Twitter claim on Saturday that President Donald Trump had “chosen not to hear a translation of his Italian host’s speech” during the recent G7 summit.
“As usual @POTUS [Trump] wears a single ear piece for translation in his right ear,” Spicer wrote in a Saturday Tweet.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) May 27, 2017
The Trump administration flack was directly addressing a Twitter post from earlier in the day by BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale. The claim led to hot takes by other journalists:
— James Landale (@BBCJLandale) May 27, 2017
Trump obviously speaks fluent Italian so there is no need for headphones for translation https://t.co/CTq0N5iJu2
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) May 27, 2017
Maybe he will read translation later:) https://t.co/iyjCvM9E08
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) May 27, 2017
Other media outlets zeroed in on photos and video footage from the G7 session in question. The Daily Mail‘s Saturday article on the issue had two photos of President Trump that appeared to show an earbud and wiring on the table in front of him.
The conservative Daily Caller website found photos of the President wearing a single earbud at a separate point during the summit for their Saturday report on the “false story,” as they labeled it.
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