The New York Times has responded to President Trump’s false claim that they set up “Liddle” Bob Corker by surreptitiously recording their phone conversation with the outgoing senator.
The Times released an audio clip last night which contained Corker’s complete thoughts about how Trump’s recklessness could result in world war. Corker has been feuding with the president over the last few days, and Trump responded on Tuesday with an insulting nickname and a jab at the “failing” newspaper.
Times reporter Jonathan Martin conducted the interview with Corker, and he penned a reader’s bulletin today in order to refute the president’s claim the paper made Corker sound like a “fool.”
From the Times:
Far from being set up, Mr. Corker asked that I tape our conversation.
“I know they’re recording it, and I hope you are, too,” he said as two of his aides listened in on other lines, one of them also taping the interview.
As with most on-the-record discussion with an elected official, I was recording our conversation to ensure accuracy.
And after Mr. Corker got off the phone, his two aides made sure I had recorded the call. Like the senator, they wanted to ensure his extraordinary charges were precisely captured.
Corker’s remarks on Trump’s instability are his latest slams against the president’s overall political competence.
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