President Donald Trump’s latest trip overseas has been rather tumultuous. He made waves earlier in the week by attacking NATO allies while in Germany, held wild unscheduled press conferences, and continued his longstanding feud with CNN.
But what would a Trump news cycle be without a bizarre claim with seemingly no evidence to back it up? Ask, and ye shall receive.
In an interview with The Sun, Trump boasted that he successfully predicted the Brexit vote. However, the quote that followed is a bit of a stretch.
“I was cutting a ribbon for the opening of Turnberry — you know they totally did a whole renovation, it is beautiful — the day before the Brexit vote,” Trump said. “I said, ‘Brexit will happen.’ The vote is going to go positive, because people don’t want to be faced with the horrible immigration problems that they are being faced with in other countries.”
It is true that Trump attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for his Turnberry resort in Scotland in 2016. But the Brexit vote took place on June 23, 2016. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on June 24.
BBC’s Jon Sopel noticed this claim did not line up with history, and noted it on Twitter. The story, which could have ended there, then took a turn. Stephanie Grisham, communications director for First Lady Melania Trump, backed the president’s claim.
Sopel pushed back, providing evidence that Trump did in fact arrive in Scotland after the Brexit vote had taken place. Grisham then doubled down, even saying she had photographic evidence proving the claim.
Thus far, no photos have been provided. But a quick search reveals a lot of evidence to the contrary.
An article from The Guardian published on June 24, 2016 (the day after the Brexit vote) states that Trump arrived “hours after the UK confronted its biggest political crisis for decades.” And the timestamp of this New York Times article also puts Trump’s timeline into question.
And if evidence from news publications isn’t enough, always remember the golden Trump rule: There’s a tweet for everything. This 2016 tweet from the president himself indicates he arrived in the UK on June 24, 2016, the day after the Brexit vote had taken place.
Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016