NBC correspondent Richard Engel on Tuesday provided an on-air fact-check to President Donald Trump’s false claim that reports of protesters were “fake news” and that he saw “thousands of people on the streets cheering” for him.
As thousands of protesters flooded the streets of London to rally against President Trump’s state visit to the U.K., Trump dismissed reports of the demonstrations as “fake news” and “very, very small.”
When asked by a Sky News reporter at a joint press conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May about a protest rally at Trafalgar Square, Trump responded, “I don’t see any protests.”
“We left the prime minister, the queen, the royal family, there were thousands of people on the streets cheering, and even coming over today, there were thousands of people cheering,” he said.
Trump said he had seen people waving American and British flags, describing the scene as “an alliance.”
“And then I heard that there were protests,” he said. “I don’t see any protests.”
Minutes after Trump’s claim, Engel tweeted: “Trump sounded delusional when he said there were thousands welcoming him in London. I didnt see them. And that small crowds of protestors were put out for political reasons. These not are some frog marched, bussed in protesters.”
Trump sounded delusional when he said there were thousands welcoming him in London. I didnt see them. And that small crowds of protestors were put out for political reasons. These not are some frog marched, bussed in protesters. pic.twitter.com/nf0BMRaCPs
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) June 4, 2019
“The protesters have been circulating through downtown London,” Engel later explained on NBC. “Listening to President Trump, he sounds like he has been in a different city than we have been in. We have not seen thousands of people out on the streets welcoming President Trump.”
“That sounded to be somewhat delusional,” he continued. “Instead, we have seen thousands of people expressing their opposition to President Trump. They say they don’t want him here.”
Engel reported that the overwhelming message from the protesters is “they do not support President Trump.”
“People on the streets here say they just don’t trust this president for the future of the United Kingdom,” the NBC correspondent concluded.
Trump sounds a bit delusional, according to NBC's Richard Engel. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/SYfyFqQumi
— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 4, 2019