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An audio recording contradicted Trump's claim about 'phony sources' in NYT story

A New York Times story about the White House's moves after calling off the North Korea summit sparked an angry reaction by the president, who accused the paper of making up a quote by a senior White House official. Shortly after, reporter Yashar Ali obtained a recording of the background briefing by White House official Matt Pottinger.
The New York Times 26 May 18
In a reversal just a day after canceling his meeting with Kim Jong-un, Trump said the two countries may meet on June 12 after all
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JeongtaeRoh 26 May 18
"On Thursday, for example, a senior White House official told reporters that even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the lack of time and the amount of planning needed."
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Donald J. Trump 26 May 18
The Failing quotes “a senior White House official,” who doesn’t exist, as saying “even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the lack of time and the amount of planning needed.” WRONG AGAIN! Use real people, not phony sources.
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Donald J. Trump 26 May 18
Unlike what the Failing and Corrupt New York Times would like people to believe, there is ZERO disagreement within the Trump Administration as to how to deal with North Korea...and if there was, it wouldn’t matter. The has called me wrong right from the beginning!
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Josh Dawsey 26 May 18
Trump saying a source doesn't exist that was actually an official White House background call may be the best illustration yet of the president vs the presidency.
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Clifford Levy 26 May 18
The New York Times does not make up sources. Period. The truth matters. Now more than ever. Read the story for yourself:
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Daniel Dale 26 May 18
Replying to @ddale8
Here's the White House notice of the briefing at which this senior White House official said June 12 was extremely unlikely to be salvaged.
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Yashar Ali 🐘 26 May 18
The official is Matt Pottinger who serves on the National Security Council. He briefed dozens of reporters on background.
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Yashar Ali 🐘 26 May 18
Replying to @yashar
4. I've obtained audio of the WH press briefing. You can hear Raj Shah, Deputy Press Secretary, introduce Pottinger (along with the terms - which are standard) and then Pottinger makes the statement that POTUS says was never made. Lots of reporters in briefing room and on phone.
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Mike McElroy 26 May 18
Replying to @yashar
Serious question: did you consult anyone on the ethics of outing another reporter's source before doing it?
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Justin Duckham 26 May 18
Replying to @MikeMac_CS @yashar
It’s not outing a source. It was a White House sanctioned briefing announced to and open to the entire press corps.
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Mike McElroy 26 May 18
Replying to @Jduckham @yashar
I ask because 's follow-up makes it sound like it would have been inappropriate for whichever associate of his who attended the briefing to tweet the name, but he felt it was okay for him to. Kind of an ethical bank shot.
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Yashar Ali 🐘 26 May 18
Replying to @yashar
2. To be clear, the only reason I tweeted Matt's name is because I'm not a White House reporter and I was not on this call. I do not believe reporters should violate off record or on background agreements under any circumstances. Not my agreement, so I can tweet.
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Yashar Ali 🐘 26 May 18
Replying to @yashar
3. BTW a background briefing with the WH press corps is much different than an individual reporters conversation with a source. Even though I know who some reporters sources are, I still wouldn't out them. That would be unethical. Background briefings aren't the same thing.
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Maggie Haberman 26 May 18
Trump told two demonstrable falsehoods this AM, one about his administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant kids inclu infants from their parents, which he tried to claim wasn’t his own policy. The other was falsely claiming his own aide didn’t give a bg briefing.
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Kaitlan Collins 26 May 18
This official made this comment in the briefing room, down the hall from the Oval, and the only reason it wasn't on the record was because the White House insisted that it be on background. So this is not the President vs. the media, it's the President vs. his own White House.
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Ashley Feinberg 26 May 18
there’s nothing to violate if the white house has already publicly lit that agreement on fire
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Josh Schwerin 26 May 18
If this was from official WH press call this tweet gives the NYT permission to release audio and name the source. Agreements go both ways - the WH has broken it already by denying reality.
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Boris Epshteyn 26 May 18
Quick summary of latest dustup between and : Times misquoted a background briefing, WH official didn’t say that keeping the date for summit wih NK would be “impossible,” and called them out on it. Many reporters are now up in arms.
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Daniel Dale 26 May 18
A consistent thing that happens when you fact-check Trump is that some of Trump’s defenders dismiss the lie by pointing to some underlying truth that Trump didn’t say and accusing you of ignoring it.
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Daniel Dale 26 May 18
Replying to @ddale8
Trump says reporters made up a person who doesn’t exist. You note that the person exists. Defenders: “He’s saying the Times misquoted the person.”
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Daniel Dale 26 May 18
Replying to @ddale8
Trump says Chicago homicide is at a record pace. You note that it’s down significantly from last year, isn’t at a record pace. Defenders: “He’s saying the number is still very bad. Do you even care about people dying?”
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Daniel Dale 26 May 18
Replying to @ddale8
Trump says 30 times that the trade deficit with China is $500 billion when its $337 billion. You note that. Defenders: “And you think a $337 billion deficit is GOOD???”
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NYT Politics 26 May 18
President Trump falsely accused The Times of making up a source in an article about North Korea, even though the source was in fact a senior White House official speaking in the White House briefing room
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Newsweek 26 May 18
Who is Matthew Pottinger? Audio of White House official debunks Trump "phony sources" smear against New York Times
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