President Donald Trump will meet with the Covington Catholic High School boys at the center of a national controversy over their confrontation with a Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The news was posted by Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who described the students as having been “threatened by the leftist internet mob” and said the meeting could happen as soon as Wednesday.
EXCLUSIVE on the new #LauraIngrahamPodcast — the Covington Catholic students threatened by the leftist internet mob will be meeting with @realDonaldTrump at the White House as early as tomorrow. @iTunes @PodcastOne# p #3_24 # ad skipped = true #
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 22, 2019# p #4_24 # ad skipped = true #
The boys, who wore MAGA hats during the confrontation with the Native American man who was singing and playing a drum, have been defended by conservatives after they were attacked following the first videos of the confrontation. The boys were later apologized to by the New York Times Kara Swisher and many others.
The changing narrative followed CNN host Jake Tapper publishing a letter written by a PR agency that was hired by the mother of the boy at the center of the original video, Nick Sandmann.
Update: A CBS News producer disputes the report with an anonymous source.
“They are not coming tomorrow, they are not coming this week, that does not mean they are not going to come at all? I don’t know,” he quotes the anonymous source as saying.
Senior WH official tells us that the reporting is inaccurate.The Covington Kids have not been invited. Senior WH aide says: “They are not coming tomorrow, they are not coming this week, that does not mean they are not going to come at all? I don’t know.” Says nothing is imminent. https://t.co/a5hGkSf4ar# p #10_24 # ad skipped = true #
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) January 22, 2019# p #11_24 # ad skipped = true #
Update 2: Ingraham is now backing away from her reporting, saying that “White House now seems to be in flux” and that the meeting would happen “after shutdown.”
Now White House now seems to be in flux re. Covington Catholic kids. Announced any meeting would happen after shutdown. Odd as it would be less meaningful if delayed. https://t.co/RHoYVgnCl4# p #14_24 # ad skipped = true #
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 22, 2019# p #15_24 # ad skipped = true #
Update 3: A senior White House official said that there are currently no plans to have Covington students to the White House.
A senior administration official says there are no imminent plans for Covington students to come to the White House. https://t.co/T6NdDmRBbt# p #18_24 # ad skipped = true #
— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) January 22, 2019# p #19_24 # ad skipped = true #
Update 4: The White House confirmed they reached out to the students.
Sarah Sanders says that WH has reached out to the Covington Catholic kids and invited them to the WH but any meeting would take place after the shutdown.# p #22_24 # ad skipped = true #
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) January 22, 2019# p #23_24 # ad skipped = true #