"Unlike most politicians, I wanted to make sure that what I said was correct … When I make a statement, I want to be correct. I want the facts … Before I make a statement, I need the facts. "
– President Trump, August 15, 2017
At the Fact Checker we have many statements from President Trump reviewed – and maintained an on-going list of all false and misleading claims he has made since taking his oath of office. The factual mistakes made by the President in trade and taxation can be checked relatively easily, since the data that he uses to undermine his allegations can easily be preserved.
But there have been a number of cases in which the President or his deputies have denied everything – except that this refusal was rebutted weeks or months later by new documents or statements. Media coverage has become a new controversy.
The release of the tape recording between Trump and his former fixer Michael Cohen is just the latest example of this dynamic. Here's a selection of White House denials decrypted after the release of new information. It is striking that these examples often involve situations that could put the president in legal danger.
There are of course many other cases – such as the denial that Trump has fired Special Agent Robert S. Muller III or why Trump FBI Director James fired B. Comey – but we have limited this list to cases where either the administration approved or official records showed that the initial rejection was wrong.
Trump did not know anything about Daniels, McDougal or payouts
As the Wall Street Journal first reported before the 2016 election, the company that became the National Enquirer, made $ 150,000 a former Playboy centerfold model for their story of an affair Trump's spokeswoman Hope Hicks was quick to dismiss. "We do not know about it," she told the WSJ, adding that Karen McDougal's allegation of an affair with Mr. Trump was "completely wrong."
Hicks's statements to the media were often dictated directly by Trump.  But the refusal to know anything about the transaction was misrepresented by the publication of Cohen's lawyer on July 24, two months before Trump and Cohen were secretly made by Cohen. Cohen says, "I need to open a company for the transfer of all this information regarding our friend David," which may be an allusion to David Pecker, president of American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer. Cohen states that he "talked to Allen Weisselberg [of the Trump Organization] about how to set it up," and Trump asks, "So, what do we have to pay for it? One-fifty?"
In other words, Trump was himself not only aware of the payment by AMI, he even knew the figure. Similarly, Trump was asked in April if he knew of paying $ 130,000 for pornographic film to star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence, arranged by Cohen, the president denies any knowledge of it. (The WSJ also broke this story that contained this Cohen statement, whether Trump had an affair with Daniels: "President Trump vehemently denies such an event once again.")
"No. No, what else?" Said Trump in response to questions about the payment of Daniels. He said that he did not know when it was done and that he did not know where Cohen had the money. "Well, you have to ask Michael Cohen, Michael is my lawyer, and you have to ask Michael Cohen, no, I do not know, no."
Cohen had also said he acted alone. "In a private transaction in 2016, I used my personal funds to facilitate a $ 130,000 payment to Ms. Stephanie Clifford," Cohen said in February. "Neither the Trump organization nor the Trump campaign was part of the transaction with Ms. Clifford and did not reimburse me, either directly or indirectly."
But in May, Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani admitted to Trump that Cohen had reimbursed the payout for Daniels, who was actually named Stephanie Clifford.
"The payment was made to resolve a personal and false claim to protect the President's family," Giuliani said. In a July interview, Giuliani dodged the question of whether Trump knew of the payment when it was made. "Even if he did it, that would not necessarily be something … That's something you're content with because you do not want your family to be ashamed."
In other words, the first denials were "Fake News "- and the original coverage was correct.
Trump had no role in Trump Jr's statement on the Russia meeting
When the New York Times reported in July 2017 that the presidential son had tried to obtain harmful information about Hillary Clinton from Russia during the election campaign, The president's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, insisted the president was unaware of the meeting and had no role in drafting his son's first testimony to the media.
This original statement was misleading – falsely claiming that Trump's son and a Russian lawyer had "primarily discussed a program for the adoption of Russian children" and that the theme of the meeting was "not a campaign issue at the time". Under pressure, Trump's son published a more detailed description, including emails.
"Let's do what the president knew: nothing," Sekulov told CNN. "I was not involved in the wording of the statement at all, nor the president, I assume that was between Mr. Donald Trump Jr. and his lawyers, I'm sure his lawyer was involved, so you do Referring to the President is absolutely wrong. "
The Times had reported that Trump had" signed "the statement, but Sekulow insisted," Well, they are wrong. "
But then two weeks later evolved the history of the White House after the Washington Post reported that Trump had dictated the misleading statement. "The president weighed like any other father, based on the limited information he had," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of Trump's involvement in the statement.
But that was wrong too.
Trump's lawyers admitted to Mueller in a memo that Trump had himself dictated his son's testimony, a disclosure apparently enforced by documents from Muller's office: "You've received all the notes, communications, and testimonies that indicate that the president dictated a brief but accurate response to the New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr. "
So, despite all denials, the original coverage was correct.
Michael Flynn has not talked about sanctions with the Russians
Before Trump took office, David Ignatius of the Post reported on Jan. 12, 2017, that incoming national security adviser Michael T. Flynn had spoken with the Russian ambassador the time when the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. The response from the Russian government was muted, and Ignatius asked, "What did Flynn say and undercut the US sanctions?"
The next day, the new White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied this in a conference call with reporters sanctions were discussed. Other Trump government officials made similar claims.
But on 9 February, the Post reported that Flynn had spoken in the phone calls about sanctions. Flynn initially denied that he spoke in a recent interview with The Post about sanctions, but then changed his comment. He "hinted that while he had no memory about sanctions being discussed, he could not be sure that the topic never came up." Flynn was fired within days.
Trump then denied at a press conference that he had instructed Flynn to discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador and denied that other officials were involved as well. "I saw some of the people who allegedly took part in all this, they know nothing, nothing about it, they never received a call from Russia, it's all fake news, it's all fake news," he said.
But when Flynn pleaded guilty to deceiving the FBI in December, the criminal information made it clear that other Trump team members were involved in the discussion of what the Russians had to say about the sanctions. The document described how Flynn spoke with another officer about what he should say on the call and noted that the Trump officials did not want Russia to escalate the situation and then he told the senior members of the transition team about the positive response from Russia reported. 19659035] In other words, the President's denial that other officials were involved was wrong.
Trump did not give classified information to Russia
After The Post reported that Trump had revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador to Russia At a White House meeting in May 2017, the then National Security Advisor made a statement: " The story that went off tonight as reported is wrong. "
But the next morning Trump tweeted that he had an "absolute right." to reveal this information to the Russians.
Then, after NBC News reported that Israel was the source of intelligence, Trump also seemed to confirm this during a visit to Israel: " People, people, just so you understand, just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name of Israel during this conversation "with the Russians, he told reporters.
Prior to Trump's comment, the officials had never confirmed that the source was Israel.
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