White House Reporters Debate if Trump Lied in NYE Tweet Claiming to be Inside Oval Office


In a tweet aimed at provoking Democrats amid the government shutdown, President Donald Trump claimed he was currently inside the Oval Office, a post that some White House reporters responded to by noting that no Marine was stationed outside the room at the time — an indicator that the president is working inside.

“I’m in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013,” he tweeted — after deleting a prior version of the same tweet in-which he claimed Democrats voted for a wall in “3013.”

“One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and Fast!” He added.

Several reporters physically close to the White House or following the pool reports were quick to fact check the president.

“The president just tweeted that he was in the oval, but no marine outside the west wing,” observed Bloomberg‘s Justin Sink.

As is his style, Playboy‘s correspondent Brian Karem accused Trump of pushing “another lie,” due to the lack of Marine presence.

“POTUS tweeted earlier that he’s in the Oval Office. Per pool, as off 11 am there was no Marine guard outside the West Wing lobby, which there is when POTUS is in the Oval,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted.

However, in responses to Haberman, Associated Press White House reporter Zeke Miller suggested Trump could still be telling the truth even without a Marine present, as security changes are sometimes made on weekends and holidays.

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