US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to dismiss claims that he called the Duchess of Sussex "nasty". He added that these rumours were spread by "fake news media", singling out CNN and the New York Times.
An official Twitter account for US President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, meant to promote pro-Trump messages and combat “fake news”, was mocked by Twitter users as it pushed back at CNN on Saturday, claiming the outlet had misrepresented Trump’s comments about Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
Denouncing the claims that Trump had called a member of the British royal family “nasty”, the “War Room” account tweeted:
“Here is what he actually said. Listen for yourself!” and proceeded to post a captioned video.
Fake News CNN is at it again, falsely claiming President Trump called Meghan Markle "nasty." Here is what he actually said. Listen for yourself! pic.twitter.com/kLuPXBLMhf— Official Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 1, 2019
In the audio the US President can clearly be heard saying:
“No, I didn’t know that she was nasty,” when answering the question on whether he knew the Duchess of Sussex was not exactly “nice” about him during his 2016 election campaign.
Trump added he was not aware that Markle had called him “divisive” and “misogynistic”, but noted it was “nice” to have an “American princess” as part of the British royal family and added he was sure she would “do excellently.”
Predictably,Twitter exploded, with many noticing that while the whole point of the posting the audio was to slam CNN for “fake news”, the video achieved the opposite as the president actually did call Markle “nasty”.
They insist Trump never called Markle “nasty” and the proof is audio — and their own subtitles — showing he called her “nasty.” pic.twitter.com/X3ISM8XzA5— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 1, 2019
This is a huge self own if I've ever seen one. pic.twitter.com/cIv7dxi5gf— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) June 1, 2019
Some twitterati mocked the Trump re-election account itself:
Maybe @TrumpWarRoom should practice first with some minor skirmishes or regional conflicts before tackling all out war. Just saying.— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) June 1, 2019
He actually calls her “nasty” in this audio. That is the exact word he uses. Who is running that war room? George Orwell? https://t.co/6X5Dl979oI— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) June 1, 2019
However, some twitter users defended the idea that the president did not call Meghan Markle “nasty” and suggested his words had been misinterpreted and taken out of context:
yep if you have no concept of the English language.— Star-crossed_Liason (@SherriShultz) June 1, 2019
Honestly, I expect more from the NYT and you in particular. He is saying he didn't know she had said nasty things about him. He DID NOT call her nasty. You're playing right into the Fake News canard. So easy to lose your credibility.— Jack P (@jack19510211) June 1, 2019
He didn't say she was a nasty person. He said he didn't know she was nasty toward him while he was campaigning. He said he thought she would do a great job as duchess. This is #fakenews at its finest. You do get the difference between an adjective and an adverb, right?— Detours & Speedbumps (@DtourSpeedbumps) June 1, 2019
Trump didn't say what his words said — he said something else, but the lying fake news reported the words he actually said, and tried to say he said what they said!— xyphophorus (@xyphophorus) June 2, 2019
Meghan Markle will miss next week’s functions during the US President’s state visit to the UK, as she is on maternity leave with her three-week-old son Archie.
Trump told The Sun that he didn’t know he would not be meeting the Duchess, and said: “I hope she is OK.”
He also suggested that Markle, an American-born actress, will succeed as a member of the royal family, predicting that she will make “a very good” American princess.
Markle’s husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, will reportedly join the US President for a private lunch in the framework of the visit, as will Prince William.