Trump’s ‘White Power’ Vid RT Stayed Up For Hours Because Aides Couldn’t Reach Him

President Donald Trump on his golf course at the Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
|
June 30, 2020 7:42 a.m.

Senior White House aides reportedly scrambled to convince President Donald Trump to take down his retweet of a video in which one of his supporters yelled “White power!” on Sunday.

NBC News reported on Monday night that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law,” and other top officials unsuccessfully tried to contact Trump for hours about the post.

However, the President reportedly could not be reached because he was out golfing and had not taken his phone with him.

As a result, the post stayed up for over three hours before his aides persuaded him to take it down. According to both NBC News and the Washington Post, Trump was mostly moved to do so due to Sen. Tim Scott’s public condemnation of the post.

During a press briefing on Monday, McEnany claimed that Trump hadn’t heard the supporter’s “white power!” shout in the video.

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30