Trump promises to release recording that proves he was victim of ‘fake news,’ but White House won’t provide the tape

President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference at Chequers, the official country residence of the prime minister, on Friday. (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters)

WASHINGTON | Yahoo News — President Trump stood alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May in a press conference Friday and disputed reports that he had criticized her just hours earlier in an interview with an English newspaper. Trump dismissed the article that was published Thursday night by the Sun as “fake news” and suggested the White House had a recording that would prove he said “tremendous things” about May in the interview.

“I said tremendous things, and fortunately we tend to record stories now so we have it for your enjoyment if you’d like it,” Trump said. “We record when we deal with reporters. It’s called fake news, and we solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument.”

Though Trump declared his press shop would release the tape, the White House did not respond to multiple requests from Yahoo News asking for the recording.

The Sun interview contained a series of quotes attributed to Trump that criticized May’s handling of the Brexit referendum. According to the paper, Trump said he gave May advice about how the United Kingdom should exit the European Union, but she went “the opposite way” of his counsel. Trump described the results of this as “very unfortunate” and hinted that May’s plan for Brexit would “kill” hopes of a trade deal with the United States.

“If they do that, I would say that that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States,” Trump is quoted as saying in the interview.

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