A recent statement by MSNBC’s Brian Williams has been debunked as “fake news.”
The statement came out Thursday in a Twitter post by MSNBC Producer Kyle Griffin, when he wrote, “Brian Williams on @MSNBC says a source tells him and @NicolleDWallace they’re not sure Trump knew there were Americans stationed in Qatar.”
Instantly, many in the media jumped on that, demanding an explanation from the White House on how it could be that Trump doesn’t even know about the U.S. involvement in Qatar.
They all failed to realize that during President Trump’s recent trip to the Middle East, when he spoke to the Arab world in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he specifically mentioned the U.S. Central Command being based in Qatar.
In his riveting speech, Trump stated, “Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command is a crucial strategic partner.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 8, 2017
However, the Daily Mail reported that a National Security Council official called out Williams for the claim.
“It’s false,” the official said, noting that he has been in the room when Trump spoke to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar.
“I was in the room and heard the whole thing. They discussed the bases and the welfare of US troops,” the official said of one call, adding that the president had also discussed America’s Qatar-based military installations with at least one leader of the United Arab Emirates.
Al Udeid Air Base is a gigantic U.S. facility in Qatar that hosts about 10,000 U.S. military personnel. The U.S. Combined Air Operations Center is based there, commanding U.S. and allied air force operations over Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
Williams has already been fired once before for fake news, when NBC News suspended and demoted him in 2015 for falsifying at least 11 different news stories.
In a June 6 Twitter post, President Trump said, “During my recent trip to the Middle East, I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!”
During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
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