Donald Trump claimed he was misquoted by the Sun in his biting criticism of Theresa May -- a bombshell for a foreign leader to level while a guest in another country -- and said he had the tape to prove it.
But when asked to release the tape, the White House balked.
As Yahoo News reported, Trump claimed that he was misquoted in a now-viral interview (one that came just as indictments were handed out against Russian officials for meddling in the 2016 election, with more indictments reportedly to come for Americans) in which he criticized the way May handled the Brexit and threatened to back out of a proposed trade deal with the U.K. Trump after claiming that a new trade deal with the United States would be a major benefit of the U.K. leaving the European Union. In a press conference on Friday that revolved mostly around Trump's criticism of May, the American president claimed repeatedly that he was misquoted.
"I said tremendous things, and fortunately we tend to record stories now so we have it for your enjoyment if you'd like it," Trump said. "We record when we deal with reporters. It's called fake news, and we solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument."
Trump also claimed that the White House press team would release the tape proving he did not criticize May, but when Yahoo News contacted the press shop for a copy of the tape, they did not release it. Instead, the White House only pointed to the positive things Trump said about May, with no mention of the tape.
"The President likes and respects Prime Minister May very much. As he said in his interview with The Sun she 'is a very good person' and he 'never said anything bad about her,'" the White House responded.
But Trump did have many bad things to say about Theresa May, criticizing her handling of Brexit and even hinting that he would support challenger Boris Johnson to become prime minister.