Donald Trump covered a lot of ground in his terrible press conference yesterday, though a very memorable exchanges happened when the president took a shot at Cecilia Vega of ABC News.
But like the Daily Beast noted, when the White House’s transcript of the incident, you get a misleading account.
After President Trump was caught on camera telling a reporter she “never” thinks, the White House moved to retroactively alter the president’s attack at a Monday afternoon press conference by changing a word in the official transcript.
While the president told ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega, “I know you’re not thinking. You never do,” the White House transcript reads, “I know you’re not thanking. You never do.” While Vega did thank the president for calling on her to ask a question before Trump made the remark, his comment prompted her to ask “I’m sorry?” before the president dismissed her. “No, go ahead. Go ahead,” the president said in response, urging her to move on and ask her question.
It’s unlikely that yesterday’s misleading change to the transcript was an accident. That’d be a huge coincidence, changing the transcript so as to obscure Donald Trump publicly belittling a female reporter for no reason at all.
Another example of this type of thing was the incomplete transcript from Donald Trump’s infamous press conference held in Helsinki with the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It’s become a trend. Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked President Trump if he would support a “clean” bill for DACA, extending protections to the Dreamers, with a commitment to start negotiations on immigration reform. The president said that he had “no problem” with doing that.
“We’re going to do DACA and then we can start immediately on the phase two, which would be comprehensive,” Donald Trump added. “Yeah, I would like to do that. I think a lot of people would like to see that, but I think we have to do DACA first.”
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House Majority Leader, quickly interjected, reminding the incompetent president of what the actual Republican position was, but if you relied on the dishonest White House transcript to find out what was said, you would have missed a key detail: the unskilled president’s “Yeah, I would like to do that” answer was missing from the White House transcript.
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones had an excellent piece a while back, saying, “Transcripts are not supposed to be ‘revised’ after the fact. Official White House transcripts record exactly what the person said, regardless of ‘what they meant to say.’”