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Matt Gaetz Denies He Spoke to Trump by Phone About Michael Cohen Threat, But Says He Did Talk to. . .

On Thursday, The Atlantic‘s Edward-Isaac Dovere reported that Congressman Matt Gaetz took a phone call with President Donald Trump after his Twitter threat to Michael Cohen.

Gaetz appeared on Fox News tonight to again apologize for the now-deleted tweet, but he also said to Martha MacCallum that the reporting is false:

“I wasn’t talking to Donald Trump. At 8:37 P.M. I got a phone call from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Ron DeSantis and I spoke for 13 minutes, and he was calling to thank me––not about Michael Cohen or payoffs to porn stars––but because I had made a recommendation to him for someone to serve on the Orlando Airport Board… and Governor DeSantis said, ‘Well, you know, I appreciate you doing that for me.’ I said, ‘Hey, governor, I was happy to do that for you. You just keep killing it.'”

He said DeSantis told that to The Atlantic and slammed them for not issuing a retraction or taking it down. MacCallum asked if he has proof the call was between him and DeSantis. Gaetz said he does.

He claimed he “never spoke to the president when he was in Vietnam or the way back.”

After Gaetz initially denied the report, Dovere said in response that he “offered Gaetz several chances to refute the comment to Trump, but he left it at saying he doesn’t discuss conversations with Trump”:

You can watch above, via Fox News.

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