Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called a mainstream media report a work of fiction after it claimed the Pentagon was doing “damage control,” following Trump’s visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
What did he say?
“That was fascinating. I love reading fiction,” Mattis said in a report by the Washington Times.
“So it was — it was stimulating to read it. I find out while I've been with you with full transparency on the airplane, you watching what's going on; that I've been in damage control,” Mattis said, referring to a report by NBC News published on Friday.
“I must tell you, it must have been the most pleasant damage control in the A-5 I ever could have imagined with the level of unity, of purpose that we experienced there,” he he told the Washington Times. “So anyway, people are entitled to their own opinion, even if it's not fact-based.”
The NBC report included unnamed “multiple current and former diplomatic and military officials familiar with the calls.”
Another characterization of the NATO summit was blasted by Dan Scavino, the president’s social media director.
He wrote on Twitter: “Fake News Media outlets FAIL to mention the photo of President @realDonaldTrump looking up toward the sky with others, is that of an impressive flyover of helicopters from 13 Alied Nations as seen here off the reflection of the @NATO building. Way to go FAKE NEWS!”