President Donald Trump and economic adviser Larry Kudlow are furious after a CNBC report saying that the president didn’t attend the “G20 Leaders Side-Event: Pandemic Preparedness and Response” on Saturday during the summit.
According to CNBC’s White House correspondent Eamon Javers, Kudlow texted him a message, which Trump then tweeted out on Sunday.
TFW the National Economic Council Director texts you a complaint, then texts that text to the President of the United States to show him that he texted, who then Tweets it out to 88 million people … about a story you did not write. https://t.co/QmnURNYHM6
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) November 22, 2020
“Eamon, top of Cnbc (sic) website it says Trump did not deliver a message on pandemic 1st session. Completely false. I wrote message w/ speechwriters. He delivered it. Was 3rd speaker. Mnuchin & I sat next to him. This is shoddy, biased and fake news. Cnbc should be ashamed. And retraction w/apology should be made,” Kudlow said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2020
The story that CNBC reported says that Trump did “not participate in pandemic preparedness session,” which is true. Trump attended the opening session where he was third to speak, and he did address the COVID-19 pandemic. Then he went golfing on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday afternoon.
A video of the “G20 Leaders Side-Event: Pandemic Preparedness and Response” shows all of the speeches, what was said, and that Trump was nowhere to be found.
Still, Trump maintained he was there.