A Tuesday report by Sports Illustrated claimed President Trump declared the White House “a dump.” After the president denied the charge, the columnist who wrote the article is defending the story, with claims that many people heard the president’s remark.
President Trump denied the allegation that he told members of his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club that the White House is “a real dump.”
“I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen,” Trump wrote in a tweet on Wednesday. “But Fake News said I called it a dump – TOTALLY UNTRUE.”
The author of the article, Alan Shipnuck, said that in an “unguarded” moment, Trump told Bedminster members he often visits his New Jersey property because the “White House is a real dump.”
Shipnuck says eight or nine members and staffers heard the president’s comment. He alleges that after it went public, Hope Hicks, White House director of strategic communications, called him to demand the “lie” be retracted.
“The week of the U.S. Women’s Open, I heard the same story told by two or three different other sources,” Shipnuck said. “They definitely don’t waste any time trying to be charming or friendly, these people in the White House communications department.”
Some have suggested that the president’s comment was a joke, as he was answering questions about why he stays in places other than the White House.
On Twitter, users were supportive of the “joke” theory, especially considering that the president has praised the White House in the past, calling the residence spectacular and showing off details of the property to visitors.
— Todd Simmons (@NYCSimmons) August 3, 2017
Come on. With all the serious issues we have going on, I find this conversation ridiculous.
— Susan (@MomWifeGrammy) August 3, 2017
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