A newer article about Trump’s lie states:
“It is not clear whether the president was simply unaware of the actions of his own senior staff or if he knowingly ignored the truth. The source of that sentence was a White House official who held a briefing on Thursday afternoon in the White House briefing room that was attended by about 50 reporters, with about 200 or so more on a conference call.
Reporters often request such briefings to be on the record, which would allow the official to be named. But, in this case, the rules of the briefing imposed by the White House required that the official be referred to only as a “senior White House official.” The Times is continuing to abide by that agreement.”
This is really pathetic. Dozens of people were there. This is just an easily disproven lie. It’s just part of his efforts to discredit the news media. I despise Trump for many reasons but lies and bigotry are the top two.