President Trump "believes that the truth matters" - according to Kayleigh McEnany (VIDEO)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany responded to a series of questions on Monday during a press briefing about the use of the Confederate flag in NASCAR and the FBI investigation into a noose found in the garage of driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in June, that the President "believes that the truth matters.
However, according to a report by The Washington Post in June, Trump has made 19,127 false or misleading claims in 1,226 days.
Reporters questioned McEnany regarding tweets by President Trump complaining about NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate Flag from races, and his demand that Wallace apologize for the noose incident.
McEanay was asked why the White House has not come out with a position on whether or not it supports the display of the Confederate flag.
"His tweet was not to indicate approval or disapproval of that particular policy of NASCAR. It was an aggregate to stand against the rush to judgement to call something a hate crime before the facts were out." replied McEnany.
When pressed, McEnany dodged the question as to why it was Watson's responsibiliy to apologise when he wasn't the one who reported the incident or called for the investigation.
PAULA REID, CBS News: Why is it Bubba Watson'sresponsibility to apologize for an investigation into a noose that he didn't report and he never even saw? It was NASCAR that found this, that reported this, and even the FBI referred to it as a noose even if they said it wasn't a specific crime against Mr. Wallace. Why is the president even suggesting that Mr. Wallace should apologize?
KAYLEIGH McENANY: Well, look, the FBI as I noted concluded that this was not a hate crime, and he believes it'd go a long way if Bubba came out and acknowledged that as well.
REID: He has. In interviews he's been very clear that the FBI found this was not intentional. Why is he directing this at Mr. Wallace?
McENANY: This is where the president comes from, and this where the president stands. And he actually hinted at this in his July 4th speech:"To those in the media who falsely and consistently label their opponents as racists, who condemn patriotic citizens who offer a clearand truthful defense of American unity. We want a clear and faithful defense of American history and unity, and when you level false charges, you not only slander me, you slander the American people."
REID: Who was charged?
McENANY: He believes the American people are good people.
REID: It was an open investigation, Kayleigh, into a noose. The FBI said it was a noose.
McENANY:: In the allegations, in the rush to judgement with Jussie Smollett, in the Bubba Wallace case, and with the Covington Catholic boys, we shouldn't be so quick to jump onto those narratives. Those are just three examples of those that have been proven false.
REID: Are you suggesting that Mr. Wallace should apologize for an investigation that someone else initiated suggesting he was possibly the victim of a hate crime?