After the Covington High School Catholic boys from Kentucky sparked a national controversy over their confrontation with a Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this past weekend, the president was quick to jump to their side calling them “symbols of Fake News.”
On Tuesday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham issued tweets, describing the students as having been “threatened by the leftist internet mob,” and revealed that Mr. Trump plans to meet with the students, saying the meeting could happen as early as Wednesday.
The Covington boys, who were wearing MAGA hats during their confrontation with Native American man Nathan Phillips, who was singing and playing the drum, have been defended by conservatives after they were attacked following the first released videos.
New York Times Kara Swisher and many others offered apologizes after more videos were released giving a more complete picture of the situation.
CNN host Jake Tapper published a statement from Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School junior, about the event. The letter was written by a PR agency that was hired by the mother of Nick Sandmann.
Senior White House officials said that reporting about the boys being invited to the White House was inaccurate.
According to a CBS report, one senior White House official said:
‘They are not coming tomorrow, they are not coming this week, that does not mean they are not going to come at all? I don’t know.’
Fin Gomez tweeted:
Ingraham finally backed away from her original reporting, saying that the White House now seems to be in flux,” and “announced any meeting would happen after shutdown.”
A more recent update from a senior White House official confirmed that there are “no imminent plans” in the works for Covington students to visit the White House.
The most recent update from the White House came on Tuesday evening, with a senior aide relaying a message that the White House had contacted the Covington kids, and invited them to the White House after the shutdown ends.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about Trump meeting with the boys:
According to USA Today:
‘Phillips and others were closing the Indigenous Peoples March with a prayer ceremony when, videos show, two groups, Black Hebrew Israelites and the high school students, began arguing. Phillips said he approached and stepped between the two groups in an effort to quell the incident.’
‘I have read the statement from Nick Sandmann, the student who stared at me for a long time. He did not apologize, and I believe there are intentional falsehoods in his testimony. But I have faith that human beings can use a moment like this to find a way to gain understanding from one another.’
Philips has agreed to meet with the Covington Catholic students although he had originally said he would not. He said he would like to use what happened as a teachable moment, and said:
‘Race relations in this country and around the world have reached a boiling point. It is sad that on the weekend of a holiday when we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., racial hostility occurred on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where King gave his “I Have a Dream’ speech.”’
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