President Donald Trump took aim at a New York Times report that the special counsel is investigating a speech he made during the 2016 campaign, for which Trump’s foundation was paid a large sum by a Ukrainian steel magnate.
The story was published on Monday, but it appears Trump has only gotten to it today. It reported on a subpoena sent to the Trump Organization for documents about a 20-minute speech Trump gave via Skype in 2015, in exchange for $150,000 from a Ukrainian billionaire, Victor Pinchuk.
Trump called the story “phony” in his tweet, claiming it “was political pundit Doug Schoen, not a Ukrainian businessman, who asked me to do a short speech by phone (Skype), hosted by Doug, in Ukraine.”
The Failing New York Times wrote another phony story. It was political pundit Doug Schoen, not a Ukrainian businessman, who asked me to do a short speech by phone (Skype), hosted by Doug, in Ukraine. I was very positive about Ukraine-another negative to the Fake Russia C story!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Times reporter Michael Schmidt was appearing on Morning Joe when Trump issued the tweet, and he noted that his report did say that Doug Schoen set up the meeting.
Schmidt added that “the president inaccurately describes our story,” before pointing out “the question isn’t necessarily who set up the meeting, but why did the money come in.”
“Maybe the president will do a follow up tweet,” Mika Brzezinski joked.
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