After The Sun published audio of Trump calling Meghan Markle “nasty” in an interview, the president insisted that he never did such a thing — adding the fundamentals of sound recording to the list of things the world leader doesn’t quite understand.
Ahead of Trump’s Europe trip, The Sun asked the president about his relationship to various members of the royal family, including Markle, who has vocally condemned his politics in the past. During the 2016 campaign, the then-Suits actor called him “misogynistic” and “divisive,” a fact the Sun interviewer brought up to Trump. The president responded that he never knew Markle had made those remarks, and added, “I didn’t know that she was nasty.”
But then, perhaps realizing that calling a royal-family member “nasty” ahead of his Europe trip might not be the wisest move, Trump tried his very best to compliment the “American princess.” He continued, “I hope she is okay. I am sure she will go excellently.”
What came next was par for the course for Trump: Despite the clear evidence that he had referred to Markle as “nasty,” he attempted to claim he never did such a thing, and that the media had taken his comments out of context. “Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold!” he tweeted two days after The Sun story published. “Will @CNN, @nytimes, and others apologize? Doubt it!”
Though Prince Harry reportedly attended a private lunch with Trump today, the duchess has been spared from his presence. Because she’s currently on maternity leave, she doesn’t have to spend time with Trump during his trip across the pond.