White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley corrected a CNN reporter who accused President Trump of lying about being in the Oval Office working.
Playboy White House reporter and CNN analyst Brian Karem accused President Trump of “another lie” for tweeting that he was in the Oval Office hard at work, but Gidley was not having it. Gidley reported that Trump actually was in the Oval Office working during the time period in question Monday, sourced from his own firsthand observation from inside the White House. Though some time lapsed between Karem’s tweet and Gidley’s correction, it is indisputable that President Trump is in the White House Monday working. Some time also lapsed between Trump’s original tweet and Karem’s response tweet.
I just looked into the Oval Office myself, and @POTUS was in fact sitting behind the Resolute Desk working. So, now I’m just waiting for you and the rest of your ilk to either stop jumping to false conclusions, correct the record, or, here’s a thought, call the press team to ask. https://t.co/uzIp0i7Dwo
— Hogan Gidley (@hogangidley45) December 31, 2018
CNN, where Karem is an analyst, is on a relative hot streak, on the heels of accusing active-duty U.S. military servicemen of possibly breaking Department of Defense rules for asking President Trump to sign their MAGA hats. Other notable scoops by CNN include the fact that a Reddit user named Han A**hole Solo posted a pro-President Trump meme. CNN threatened the meme-maker into silence.
The administration has been more active lately in calling out CNN.
CNN’s Jim Sciutto suffered an embarrassing beatdown on Twitter in mid-December after he was called out by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for blatantly lying.
“We are happy to provide the facts — but you never reached out. In fact, DHS prevented 3,755 known or suspected terrorists from traveling to or entering the U.S. in FY 17. That’s in addition to 17,526 criminals, 1,019 gang members, and 3,028 special interest aliens,” DHS spokesman Tyler Q. Houltan said, mocking the alleged news organization with its own #FactsFirst hashtag.
Sciutto claimed on his personal Twitter account, which has nearly 300,000 followers, that there was no evidence to support President Donald J. Trump’s claim that terrorists were crossing the southern United States border.
“The president has now twice used the threat of terrorism to justify the wall. Facts supplied by DHS don’t back that up,” Sciutto said.
The fake news reporter either neglected his journalistic duty to ask Homeland Security for statistics about terrorists crossing at the border, or simply lied because the lie fit his agenda of leftist activism.
Houlton noted that Sciutto “never reached out.”
This is the second very public embarrassment for Sciutto in 2018. He co-authored a piece claiming – through the use of anonymous sources – that Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen would testify that Trump knew in advance about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin. One of the piece’s “anonymous sources” was Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis. Scuitto’s piece claimed that Davis had “declined to comment” for the story. Davis accidentally spilled the beans that he was the source of the story live on a CNN talk show. Oops.
This is CNN.
President Trump Defies Gretchen Whitmer’s Order with Planned Appearance at Ford Plant in Michigan
Trump has no respect for the wicked witch of the north.
President Donald Trump intends to flout Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s edicts when he travels to a Ford plant in the state later this week.
Trump will be traveling to Ford Motor Co.’s Rawsonville manufacturing plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday despite Whitmer declaring that “non-essential” visits such as his are banned due to her shutdown policies that are crippling the state.
Whitmer’s administration, which has bullied and threatened ordinary citizens throughout Michigan, is effectively bowing to Trump while painting his visit in flagrant violation of her edicts as something the governor is celebrating.
“Ford and the UAW are doing incredible work for the country, and their ingenuity will save lives,” said Zack Pohl, who works as the communications director for Whitmer, in a statement.
“While the president’s visit is contrary to the governor’s order, this is an opportunity to showcase how important Michigan is to the response to COVID-19 and rebuilding our nation’s economy,” he added.
Trump has not officially determined whether or not he will wear a mask while visiting the Ford plant. Reports indicate that Ford is requesting that he wear one while touring the facility.
“I haven’t even thought of it. It depends. In certain areas I would, in certain areas I don’t. But I will certainly look at it. It depends on what situation,” Trump said when he was asked about whether or not he would wear a mask on Thursday.
“Am I standing right next to everybody, or am I spread out? And also you look, is something a hospital? Is it a ward? What is it exactly? I’m going to a plant. So we’ll see. Where it’s appropriate I would do it certainly,” he added.
“In preparation for the visit, we’ve shared with the White House all of Ford’s safety protocols, including our self-assessment, thermal scanning and manufacturing playbook which outlines our policy that everyone wears PPE,” a spokesman from Ford told the Detroit News.
Ford will not threaten Trump with an ultimatum to wear the mask. Trump has avoided wearing a mask during public appearances, showing that he will not succumb to the mass hysteria. The president is setting an example for ordinary Americans to overcome the media-induced panic.
“As we have said previously, we shared our safety policies and recommendations with the White House in advance of this visit. The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination,” Ford said in a statement.
Trump has refused the advice of the deep state bureaucracy, which wants to scare people into wearing masks. The mask has emerged as a sign of cowardice and obsequiousness throughout the pandemic.
“The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure. So it’s voluntary. You don’t have to do it. But they suggest it for a period of time. I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,” Trump said.
Trump’s appearance at the Ford plant on Thursday will be a thumb in the eye of Whitmer, who has kept Michigan in a state of fear throughout the pandemic to buoy her vice presidential ambitions.
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