It’s not unusual for Donald Trump to say something and then deny that he said it. There are numerous videos and tweets that prove Trump did or said things that he later takes back. It usually does take him longer than 24 hours before he tries to backtrack, though.
While no one is reporting that a strike was already underway when Trump called it off, Fox News featured former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army Gen. Jack Keane, who told viewers that:
‘The president planned to conduct a strike – directed that strike — and it was largely against the means that delivered the blow to knock down our drone. In other words, radar missile commander control, etc. But they received additional information that followed the president’s instincts.’
In other words, Fox News repeated exactly what Trump tweeted.
The news is being reported that the military prepared a strike, or as Trump referred to the process, they were “cocked & loaded,” when Trump finally thought to ask how many people might be killed if the strike proceeded. Somehow, he had not thought to ask that question earlier, before the miitary strike was prepared to begin.
There’s no “fake news” or “incorrect reporting.” Trump’s exact words and account of events are being repeated and it appears that Trump realized that, in his boasting, he made a fool of himself.
Twitter reminded the president that he’s not saying anything new. Read some of their comments below: