I wouldn't say it was a lie. That's a pretty bold accusation," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. photo: AP/Susan Walsh, photo: AP/Susan Walsh
02 of August 2017 17:40:12
WASHINGTON – The White House on Wednesday said compliments that President Donald Trump described receiving from the Mexican president and the Boy Scouts of America happened — just not on the phone, as Trump claimed."I wouldn't say it was a lie. That's a pretty bold accusation," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. "The conversations took place, they just simply didn't take place over a phone call ... he had them in person."Sanders was responding to questions about a statement from the Mexican government denying what Trump described as a recent phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Trump said earlier this week that Pena Nieto called him to praise his immigration policies."As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they're close to 80 percent stoppage. Even the president of Mexico called me: They said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they're not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment," Trump said Monday.Sanders said Trump had been "referencing a conversation that they had had at the G-20 summit where they specifically talked about the issues that he referenced."
LAURIE KELLMANJILL COLVIN