Donald Trump threatens CNN for claiming they manipulated his July 4 address, so it seemed he said Operation Desert Storm took place in VIETNAM – but the network vehemently denies it
- Donald Trump accused CNN of ‘manipulating the words and meaning’ of his comments on Independence Day at the White House on July 4
- President threatened the network on Twitter: “See what happens!”
- Trump seems to be referring to a faked video that some claim to say that Desert Storm happened during the Vietnam War
- CNN hit back, claiming it was defending Trump when a video clip was circulating
- ‘What. To be. U. Talk. About?’ CNN Communications tweeted. “CNN checked the video clip for facts and removed it”
- Trump listed a number of U.S. operations that used military aircraft before those same jets made a flyover of the National Mall on Saturday night
- He stumbled upon a few words when he spoke of Operation Desert Storm and the US involvement in the Vietnam War
Donald Trump threatened on Saturday night that CNN was “watching what happens” after accusing the network of misrepresenting the “meaning” of his speech on Independence Day.
‘Wow. @CNN got a cold from manipulating the words and meaning of my July 4 speech. They were bold, desperate. See what happens! the president tweeted in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Trump did not make clear what he was talking about and whether he was referring to his July 3 speech to Mount Rushmore, which received widespread criticism, or his July 4 remarks to the White House.
But the network responded to the president’s tweet, claiming that it actually defended Trump by claiming fact-checking that people claimed he said Desert Storm was happening in Vietnam.
‘What. To be. U. Talk. About?’ CNN Communications tweeted, confused by why the president attacked the network.
“CNN checked the video clip for facts and made it look like you said Desert Storm happened in Vietnam,” the official account cleared with footage of their defense.
Donald Trump accused CNN of “manipulating the words and meaning” of his White House remarks on July 4 and threatened, “See what happens!”
This refers to his speech on Independence Day at the White House, where a short video clip made Trump appear to have made a faux pas regarding the two military engagements, which have been separated for about two decades.
CNN denied that the President made the mistake after discussing the 1990 invasion of Iraq to immediately reduce Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, Desert Storm, after mentioning the “dense fields and jungles of Vietnam.”
Daniel Dale, a fact-check reporter for CNN, defended the president, claiming he had not made a “material mistake.”
“No, he didn’t,” Dale said in response to a now-deleted tweet including the clip. “He stumbled when he tried to say the word ‘sweep’ while talking about Desert Storm, but he only mentioned wars – he mentioned Vietnam, and then stumbled upon the overwhelming victory in Desert Storm. No material error made. ‘
“People are sharing a short clip that makes it look like Trump said Desert Storm happened in Vietnam,” Dale continued in a second tweet. “He didn’t, although he tripped. Here is the transcript of that section. ‘
In Trump’s comments in the White House, he mentioned wars that military aircraft had fought before flying over the National Mall. He stumbled upon words when he spoke of the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, which some have interpreted as a misinterpretation of events
The transcript shows that Trump mentioned the wars America was involved in and stumbled when he went from talking about Vietnam to Operation Desert Storm.
“In a few moments, we will witness great planes that represent every major military conflict of the past 75 years,” Trump said prior to the flyover of the National Mall military plane.
“These planes once launched massive aircraft carriers in the fiercest battles of World War II. They ripped through the air of the MiG Alley in Korea. They carried American warriors to the dense fields and jungles of Vietnam. They delivered a swift and swift – and you know that swipe – it was swift and it swept like no one has ever seen anything happen – a victory in Operation Desert Storm. Many of you were involved in that. Many of you were involved. That was fast. And they have continued on dangerous missions around the world to take out enemy terrorists and bring our soldiers home safely, ” said Trump, according to the White House transcript of the comments.
CNN was highly critical of Trump’s speech the day before, where he made comments at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The network called the president’s comments an “overwhelming speech that amounted to a culture war bonfire.”