White House Edits Transcript to Reflect Trump's Insult to Reporter
The White House on Tuesday amended a transcript to include an insult against ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega, Politico reports.
The transcript in question depicted an exchange that occurred Monday at the Rose Garden. After signaling to Vega, Trump proclaimed to her colleagues she was “shocked” that he picked her:
Trump: She’s shocked that I picked her. Like in a state of shock.
Vega: I’m not, thank you, Mr. President.
Trump: That’s okay. I know you’re not thinking, you never do. (emphasis added)
Vega: I’m sorry?
Trump: Go ahead.
But that was not the exchange originally printed on the White House transcript. Instead of chiding the reporter, Trump purportedly said, “I know you’re not thanking.”
Official @WhiteHouse transcripts misquotes @POTUS today chiding @CeciliaVega (compare video to text). I was sitting… https://t.co/bCnEirujG9— Steve Herman (@Steve Herman)1538447783.0
Tuesday, the White House correct the transcript to reflect Trump’s insult:
The White House has corrected the transcript from the Rose Garden press conference yesterday. It originally said Pr… https://t.co/jbnrsPhuFs— Kaitlan Collins (@Kaitlan Collins)1538487999.0
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