President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again attacked the New York Times for accurately reporting on his actions -- and then got called out for lying by reporter Maggie Haberman.
In a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump claimed that he had never wanted for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to have a vote on a new health care bill before the 2020 presidential election, and he blamed the Times for any confusion about this issue.
"I never asked Mitch McConnell for a vote before the Election as has been incorrectly reported (as usual) in the [New York Times], but only after the Election when we take back the House etc," Trump wrote. "Republicans will always support pre-existing conditions!"
In response to this, Haberman simply wrote, "We quoted McConnell."
We quoted McConnell. https://t.co/s22PRME3W1— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1554299168.0
In the original Times story, which was coauthored by Haberman and Robert Pear, McConnell told the publication that the president had backed off some of his health care ambitions after he made it clear that no Obamacare replacement would come up in the Senate before the 2020 election.
"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate," the Kentucky senator told the Times. "He did say, as he later tweeted, that he accepted that and that he would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign."