Lately, Trump mentioned having two phone conversations which didn’t happen. As a response, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “They were actually direct conversation”
The Boy Scouts organization said we are unaware of any of a phone conversation which took place between Trump and chief executive Michael Surbaugh in addition Mexico denied the occurrences of a conversation altogether, saying: “President Enrique Peña Nieto has not had any recent telephone communication with President Donald
The first occurrence took place on July 25, when Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Surbaugh called him with praise following the President’s appearance day before at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia — despite his speech drawing wide criticism for its political overtones and Surbaugh later writing to parents that he “regret[ed] that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.”
“I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful,” Trump said in the Journal interview.
What Trump was referring to, Sanders said, was in-person conversations with “multiple members of the Boy Scout leadership, following his speech there that day,” who “congratulated him, praised him and offered quite powerful compliments following his speech.”
Again on Monday, Trump claimed he received a call from Peña Nieto “Even the president of Mexico called me,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “Their southern border, they said very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get to our border, which is the ultimate compliment.”
Sanders in reply said Trump was referring to an in-person chat with the Mexican president last month at the Group 20 Summit in Hamburg.
A reporter then asked her if Trump had lied.
“I wouldn’t say it was a lie,” Sanders said. “That’s a pretty bold accusation.”