Both the White House and Downing Street are denying reports that U.S. President Donald Trump phoned British Prime Minister Theresa May to request the former’s state visit be postponed due to protest concerns.

According to Reuters, May’s office states there has been no change in plans while the White House states that although Trump and May spoke by phone recently, the President’s planned state visit was not a topic of discussion.

Earlier today, The Guardian published the claim, stating matter of a factly that “Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with a state visit to Britain until the British public supports him coming.”

The outlet cites “those present” as stating that Trump’s words “surprised May.”

“The conversation in part explains why there has been little public discussion about a visit,” the outlet’s report continues.

This claim was – very quickly – picked up by other left-leaning outlets, such as Politico, which states that Trump told May he “didn’t want to spark public protests… potentially postponing the visit indefinitely.”

Other outlets that jumped on the claim include The Sun and The Independent.

All those who make the claim provide no sourcing other than anonymous accounts from mysterious officials.

The New York Times takes a slightly different route, quoting “two administration officials” as stating that “President Trump is considering scrapping or postponing a planned visit to Britain later this year amid a billowing backlash over comments he made after the recent terrorist attack in London.”

The outlet does, however, cite – as many outlets who covered the matter failed to – both the White House and Theresa May’s staff as stating that those discussions never took place.

This is the latest in a string of recent “anonymous sources” gaffes by the mainstream media.

Last week, both CNN and ABC were forced to correct stories which contained information from anonymous sources claiming that former FBI Director James Comey was going to use his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony to dispute President Trump’s claim that Comey told him thrice he was not under investigation.

Of course, Comey did the exact opposite.

The New York Times, meanwhile, came under fire from Comey himself who skewered the outlet for an article it published in February alleging the intelligence community had data proving contact between Trump team officials and Russia.

“The challenge – and I’m not picking on reporters – about writing stories about classified information is, the people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on, and those of us who actually know what’s going on are not talking about it,” Comey said during his testimony.

“We don’t call the press and say, ‘Hey, you got that thing wrong.’”

Sources:
Reuters
The Guardian
Politico
The Sun
The Independent
The New York Times
The New York Times (2)

  • James Lipton

    So when are internet trolls going to start trolling MSM with fake tips? I’m legitimately asking because it sounds like a beautiful next step.

    • AlexCorvidae

      That would be awesome, get some people to create fake pictures and fake audio to claim something preposterous about President Trump and “leak” it. It could be a social experiment, follow it from the outlet you leak exploring how it spreads through other outlets and the rate at which it does so. Start a hashtag campaign supporting your fake story and see exactly how long it takes for fake news to infect the masses.

      • PunJabber

        Yeah! Take a leak on the President and run with it … then have to eat crow!

      • kohlrak .

        Legit, they’ve been doing it with fanfics at this point. Not even using fake audio or footage, but fanfics.

    • Unoriginality

      Seems they already are…

    • Edward Kochen

      Do you recall the whole “Trump paid Russian hookers to piss in a bed that Obama slept in” nonsense?
      Yeah, the trolls have been doing what they do best all over the media’s face for a while now.

  • Jean Collier

    I not only question MSM, but I think all they say is backwards.

  • Sally

    Obviously a fake story – has Trump ever not done something, because he’s afraid people don’t like him?! That’s what lefties do!! Gotcha!

  • Dante Alighieri

    “The challenge – and I’m not picking on reporters – about writing stories about classified information is, the people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on, and those of us who actually know what’s going on are not talking about it,” Comey said during his testimony.

    Same was said about the Washington Post back when woodward and bernstein uncovered the watergate affair

    If perfection is your criterion in journalism then nothing would ever get printed

    • Isa Guy

      No, but honesty would be a nice start. And right now, WaPo/NYT/MSNBC/CNN/etc are very dishonest and do not follow any journalistic ethics that we thought they might have had in the past.

      I’d rather nothing get printed than this constant diatribe of hateful and wishful lies.

      Though I do love watching these MSM outlets get burned over and over as their lies and “anonymous sources” keep being exposed as nothing more than political lies.

      They’ve lost all credibility to anyone who pays attention. Sadly, not enough people pay attention and instead fall for the “bread and circuses” distraction of TV. Thinking rationally requires work.

  • Isa Guy

    Man,
    These people 4chan themselves…it is a thing of beauty..

    And again, they confirm why we don’t believe what they report, since they don’t report anything by Leftist tripe that usually has no basis in fact…over and over and over.

    They keep exposing themselves for what they are….propaganda outlets, not news organizations.

  • andrew dock

    i DONT THINK Trump should go any way better to go to Hungary new right runs the country