During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was confronted by a reporter on the recent revelations that neither the head of the Boy Scouts nor the President of Mexico had heaped praise on President Donald Trump in recent phone calls, contrary to what Trump had claimed.
“Why did the president say that he received a phone call from the leader of the Boy Scouts and the President of Mexico when he did not?” ABC News’ Cecilia Vega asked. “Did he lie?”
Sanders stated that Trump did not lie and was instead referencing personal conversations he had with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the G20 Summit and numerous Boy Scout leaders following his speech at the Boy Scouts Jamboree last week.
When Vega pushed back, stating that the president specifically said he had received recent phone calls, Sanders repeated that he was referencing direct personal conversations.
“So he lied?” Vega asked.
“I wouldn’t say it was a lie,” the press secretary responded. “That’s a pretty bold accusation. It’s — the conversations took place. They just simply didn’t take place over a phone call. He had them in person.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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