President Donald Trump has denied calling Meghan Markle “nasty” ahead of his official state visit to the UK, even though he was recorded saying it in a newspaper interview.
In a tweet posted after the interview was published by The Sun, he said the quote was “made up by the Fake News Media,” noting, “I never called Meghan Markle ‘nasty.'”
But in the interview with The Sun, he described the Duchess of Sussex as “nasty” after hearing that she had made critical comments about him during his presidential campaign. At the time, she called him “misogynistic” and “divisive,” according to the Independent.
When asked about her comments, President Trump told The Sun: “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.” The newspaper has posted an audio recording of the interview.
In his state visit, the president is expected to meet the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry. Markle will not be meeting him, as she is on maternity leave, according to the Independent.
The transcript of the interview posted by The Sun is as follows, according to Politifact:
The Sun: “Now Meghan, who is now the Duchess of Sussex, we’ve given her a different name, she can’t make it because she’s got maternity leave. Are you sorry not to see her? Because she wasn’t so nice about you during the campaign. I don’t know if you saw that.”
Trump: “I didn’t know that, no. I didn’t know that. No. I hope’s okay. I did not know that, no.”
The Sun: “She said she’d move to Canada if you got elected. It turned out she moved to Britain.”
Trump: “Well, that’ll be good. There are a lot of people moving here. So, what can I say? No, I didn’t know that she was nasty.”
The Sun: “Is it good having an American princess though, Mr. President?”
Trump: “I think it’s nice. I think it’s nice. I’m sure she’ll do excellently. She’ll be very good. She’ll be very good. I hope she does.”
Read the full story at the Independent.