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President Donald Trump set off a “five-alarm fire” in the White House on Sunday morning after he retweeted a video of one of his supporters saying “white power,” according to two White House officials.
The video remained on the president’s Twitter page, where he has 82 million followers, for more than three hours because White House officials couldn’t reach him to ask him to delete it, the two officials said. The president was at his golf club in Virginia and had put his phone down, the officials said.
The article goes on to state the following:
Aides also tried unsuccessfully to reach deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino to ask him to delete the retweet, officials said.
The report notes that once officials were able to reach the president and explained the tweet, he agreed to delete it.
During a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president did not hear the “white power” phrase in the video when he shared it.
Q: “This morning you said that he didn’t hear the phrase ‘White Power’ in the portion of the video…does the president retweet other people’s tweets and videos without knowing the full contents…?”@PressSec Kayleigh McEnany: “He did not hear that particular phrase…” pic.twitter.com/1wi6YjpDgn
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 29, 2020
Trump’s ‘white power’ retweet set off ‘five alarm fire’ in White House. Aides couldn’t immediately reach the president to get him to take down offending tweet because he was on the course at his golf club and had put down his phone, officials said https://t.co/7vGHzPPcFi
— Amanda Golden (@amandawgolden) June 30, 2020
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