White House reporters break ‘big’ story that Trump wasn’t tweeting from the Oval Office on Christmas Eve. Then, they were wrong.

(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

In a journalistic finale to 2018, reporters were engaged in a lively debate Monday over whether or not President Donald Trump lied.

And the alleged untruth the professionals were obsessing over? Whether the president was really in the Oval Office like he claimed.

“I’m in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013,” Trump tweeted Monday morning.

This sparked an urgent need for some reporters to fact-check the president, as per usual.

Bloomberg‘s Justin Sink noted that there was “no marine outside the west wing.”

MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin spelled it out for those not on the inside.

Playboy correspondent Brian Karem offered his journalistic two cents.

And The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman:

Breathless reports came in from news outlets uncovering the mystery.

And the free-for-all spread as Trump was accused of lying about his whereabouts.

But Associated Press White House reporter Zeke Miller stepped in to clarify the protocol, noting that things may be different on holidays and weekends.


The fact that Trump was fact-checked on his location and reporters spent valuable time debating whether he lied is just another one of the great journalistic moments of 2018. Social media users summed up the circus on Twitter.


Frieda Powers


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