President Donald Trump has denied ever calling the White House “a real dump,” despite a report that said otherwise.
“I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen. But Fake News said I called it a dump,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “TOTALLY UNTRUE.”
The “dump” quote came from a Golf.com profile of the president published on Tuesday. The outlet said the remark was made by Trump to members of his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, as an explanation for why he takes so many golfing trips on the weekends. A White House spokesperson also denied the statement to the site.
Golf.com wrote that the president is “often at his most unguarded among the people who pay for their proximity to him.” The publication goes on to quote an address to club members last November by then-president-elect Trump.
“This is my real group,” he said, reportedly offering them the option to “drop in” to his interviews with potential members of his Cabinet. “You are the special people. I see all of you. I recognize, like, 100 percent of you, just about.”
Trump received widespread condemnation for the comment on social media, with former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton among those weighing in.
“Thank you to all the White House ushers, butlers, maids, chefs, florists, gardeners, plumbers, engineers & curators for all you do every day,” she wrote.