President Donald Trump on Monday morning claimed that he was sitting inside the Oval Office waiting for Democrats to come to him with a deal for funding his proposed border wall.
“I’m in the Oval Office,” the president wrote. “Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall.”
I’m in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and Fast!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2018
However, Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem was at the White House on Monday and he caught the president blatantly lying about being in the Oval Office.
Specifically, Karem noticed that there is currently no Marine standing guard outside the Oval Office door, which means that Trump is simply not where he said he was.
“No marine there so that’s another lie,” Karem remarked.
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) December 31, 2018
Maggie Haberman of the New York Times also came to the same conclusion.
POTUS tweeted earlier that he's in the Oval Office. Per pool, as off 11 am there was no Marine guard outside the West Wing lobby, which there is when POTUS is in the Oval.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 31, 2018
Hours later, however, a White House spokesperson insisted that the claims were untrue.
I just looked into the Oval Office myself, and @POTUS was in fact sitting behind the Resolute Desk working. So, now I’m just waiting for you and the rest of your ilk to either stop jumping to false conclusions, correct the record, or, here’s a thought, call the press team to ask. https://t.co/uzIp0i7Dwo
— Hogan Gidley (@hogangidley45) December 31, 2018