President Donald Trump took to social media Sunday morning to dispel fevered reports that he called Meghan Markle, now the duchess of Sussex after marrying Prince Harry, “nasty.”
“I never called Meghan Markle ‘nasty.’ Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold! Will @CNN, @nytimes and others apologize? Doubt it!” the president tweeted.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2019
Two-plus years into the Trump presidency, the script is old and worn. The president makes a remark and a media out to destroy him spins it in the worst possible light.
The latest dust up is over Trump’s response during an interview on Friday with the British tabloid The Sun, when the reporter told him Markle had made some critical remarks about him in 2016 — the actress called Trump “misogynistic” and “divisive,” saying she would move to Canada if he won the election.
“I didn’t know that. What can I say?” he replied. “I didn’t know that she was nasty.”
While the Trump-hating cabal jumped to say Trump called the princess “nasty,” it’s clear the president used the term “nasty” to describe the comments the reporter said Markle had made, not calling her nasty.
The reporter said she made the remark, Trump just responded that he did not know.
Audio of their exchange was shared by an official Trump campaign Twitter account:
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
At the same time, the president said Markle will be “a very good” American princess.
“It’s nice, and I am sure she will do excellently,” Trump said. “She will be very good. I hope she does (succeed).”
Markle just had a child and with President Trump about to embark on a state visit to the U.K., it was announced she was on a maternity leave and would not be attending any events.
The Sun reported that “it is thought she and Trump are being kept apart to avoid an embarrassing confrontation.”
Which is speculation.
Naturally, the audio released by the Trump campaign was spun to support the claim by his media antagonists that he called Markle “nasty.”
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
TFW when the quote you’re denying is in the audio you’re tweeting. https://t.co/iFu4IqaRys
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 1, 2019
“No I didn’t know that she was nasty,” POTUS says about Meghan Markle in the clip after the interviewer told him that in 2016 she’d threatened to leave the US if he was elected. https://t.co/ufduNAppCr
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 1, 2019
As for Markle’s original remarks, which were made during a 2016 interview on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” you be the judge on whether “nasty” is a proper description .
“It’s really the moment I go. We film Suits in Toronto and I might just stay in Canada,” Markle said when asked about Trump potentially winning. “Yes, of course, Trump is divisive, think about female voters alone, right? I think it was in 2012 the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points. That’s a huge number and with as misogynistic as Trump is, and so vocal about it, that is a huge chunk of it.”
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