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President Trump wants to meet with Covington Catholic boys at the White House: report

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Covington High School student Nick Sandmann has a confrontation with Native American elder Nathan Phillips. (Screenshot)

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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.”

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Update 3: A senior White House official said that there are currently no plans to have Covington students to the White House.

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Update 4: The White House confirmed they reached out to the students.

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