President Donald Trump set off a “five-alarm fire” in the White House on Sunday early morning after he retweeted a video of one of his supporters stating “white power,” according to two White Home officials.
The video remained on the president’s Twitter page, where he has 82 million followers, for more than 3 hours since White Home officials could not reach him to ask him to erase it, the two officials said. The president was at his golf club in Virginia and had put his phone down, the officials stated.
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Assistants likewise tried unsuccessfully to reach deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino to ask him to delete the retweet, authorities stated.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., contributed to the urgency when he called the tweet “indefensible” and required that the president take it down throughout an interview on CNN, the authorities said.
As soon as authorities had the ability to reach the president, he consented to erase it, they stated.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and senior advisor Jared Kushner were among those trying to include the fallout. McEnany said Monday that Trump had actually watched the video before retweeting it but didn’t hear his advocate state “white power.”
Authorities said the president gets a deluge of content from assistants and allies, with one of them saying the “white power” event was a “lesson to all of us in the White Home to be more aware of what’s out there.”
In April, the president retweeted a publishing that consisted of the hashtag “#FireFauci.” When asked at the time whether he had actually seen the hashtag when he retweeted it, the president said, “Yeah, I discover everything.”