2020-07-06 00:37:10 UTC
network vehemently denies it
*Donald Trump accused CNN of 'manipulating the words and meaning' of his
Independence Day remarks at the White House on July 4
*President threatened the network on Twitter: 'Watch what happens!'
*Trump appears to be referencing a doctored video that some claim shows him
saying Desert Storm happened in Vietnam during the war
*CNN hit back, claiming it defended Trump when a video clip circulated
*'What. Are. You. Talking. About?' CNN Communications tweeted. 'CNN fact-checked
and dispelled the video clip'
*Trump listed some U.S. operations where military aircraft were used before
those same jets did a flyover of the National Mall on Saturday evening
*He stumbled over some words when talking about Operation Desert Storm and U.S.
involvement in the Vietnam War
Donald Trump threatened Saturday night that CNN 'watch what happens' after he
accused the network of misrepresenting the 'meaning' of his Independence Day
'Wow. @CNN got caught cold manipulating the words and meaning of my 4th of July
Speech. They were brazen, desperate. Watch 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
referencing his speech on July 3 at Mount Rushmore, which were widely
criticized, or his July 4 remarks in front of the White House.
But the network issued a response to the president's tweet claiming that it
actually defended Trump by fact-checking claims where people asserted he said
Desert Storm occurred in Vietnam.
'What. Are. You. Talking. About?' CNN Communications tweeted, confused by why
the president was attacking the network.
'CNN fact-checked and dispelled the video clip that made it seem like you'd said
Desert Storm happened in Vietnam,' the official account cleared up, with images
of their defense.
This references his Independence Day speech at the White House, where a short
video clip made it seem Trump has made a faux-pas regarding the two military
engagements, which are separated by about two decades.
CNN denied that the president made the mistake after he discussed the 1990
invasion of Iraq to push back Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, Desert Storm
directly following the mention of the 'dense fields and jungles of Vietnam.'
A fact-check reporter for CNN, Daniel Dale, issued a defense of the president,
claiming he did not make a 'substantive error.'
'No, he didn't,' Dale said in a response to a now deleted tweet including the
clip. 'He stumbled when trying to say the word 'sweeping' while talking about
Desert Storm, but he was just listing wars - he mentioned Vietnam, then,
stumbling, mentioned the sweeping victory in Desert Storm. Didn't make a
'People are sharing a short clip that makes it seem like Trump said Desert Storm
happened in Vietnam,' Dale continued in a second tweet. 'He did not, though he
stumbled. Here's the transcript of that section.'
The transcript shows Trump was listing wars America was involved with and
stumbled when going from talking about Vietnam to Operation Desert Storm.
'In a few moments, we will bear witness to awesome aircraft representing every
major military conflict over the last 75 years,' Trump said ahead of the
military aircraft National Mall flyover.
'These planes once launched off massive aircraft carriers in the fiercest
battles of World War II. They raced through the skies of Korea's MiG Alley. They
carried American warriors into the dense fields and jungles of Vietnam. They
delivered a swift and swip- -- and you know that sweeping it was swift and it
was sweeping like nobody has ever seen anything happen a victory in Operation
Desert Storm. A lot of you were involved in that. A lot of you were involved.
That was a quick one. And they have gone on to dangerous missions around the
world to take out enemy terrorists and bring our soldiers home safely,' Trump
said, according to the White House transcript of the remarks.
CNN was highly critical of Trump's speech the day before, where he made remarks
at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The network called the president's remarks a
'jaw-dropping speech that amounted to a culture war bonfire.'