PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP says he’s going to call CNN a liar if it repeats a “fraud” claim made by CNN host Wolf Blitzer, who claims that the Trump Organization paid a company to fabricate a $1 billion invoice.
The president made the comment in an interview with The Washington Post published Monday night.
Blitzer asked the president about a tweet that he sent Saturday morning about the false accusation, which was quickly deleted from the president’s Twitter feed.
Trump said he doesn’t remember sending it, and that he didn’t think Blitzer was lying about the invoice.
“He said something that was false,” Trump said of Blitzer.
“I was shocked that he said it, because I had no idea what he was talking about.
It was something that I had nothing to do with.
So I deleted it, but it’s a fact that I don’t think he was telling the truth.”
Trump also said the false allegation is “ridiculous” and “ridicauthorized.”
“It’s an unbelievable story, Wolf.
That’s a story that nobody even talks about, but people write it,” Trump told the Post.
“It is the largest scam ever perpetrated against the United States.”
Blitzer also asked the President about a story in the Washington Post that he tweeted Saturday morning that falsely said that Trump’s business partner, Robert Mercer, was among the people who funded the effort to defeat him in the 2016 election.
Blitzer later reported that the tweet was in error.
“The story was totally false,” Blitzer said.
“There is no connection whatsoever between Robert Mercer and the Trump Foundation, the Trump Victory Fund or any other political action committee.”
Blitzers tweet was published in a story published Saturday evening by the Daily Caller, which claimed to have obtained “a memo” from a former White House aide.
The document said that Mercer and his wife, Rebekah, gave $200,000 to a pro-Trump Super PAC, the American Unity PAC, which paid for ads on CNN that were later edited to make it look like they were supporting Trump.
The report was based on the document, which has been shared widely on social media.
Blotter’s report also claimed that the Mercer family gave $2.5 million to the anti-Trump group Citizens United, which is now known as the super PAC that spent millions supporting Trump in 2016.
“So, the story was completely false,” the president said.
Blatter also asked Trump about the possibility of a third Trump family member getting indicted in connection with the probe into Russia.
Trump was asked whether he believes it would be “fair” for his family members to be investigated by the Justice Department, which Mueller is leading.
“We are going to have to see how it plays out,” Trump replied.
“Let’s see what happens.
I think we’re going to find out who’s involved in it.”