Members of the media falsely claimed that President Donald Trump called the FBI “a cancer” in a recent interview with The Hill.
The president told The Hill in an interview Tuesday night that he thinks it would be his “crowning achievement” if he were able to “expose something that is truly a cancer in our country,” referring to FBI corruption.
The New York Times’ Peter Baker asserted that Trump was calling the FBI itself a “cancer.”
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 19, 2018
Maggie Haberman retweeted Baker’s tweet.
Mediaite also ran with the misleading headline, “Trump Calls FBI ‘Cancer In Our Country.‘”
The Hill’s Buck Sexton, who interviewed Trump in the Oval Office, responded directly to Baker’s tweet to make clear that Trump was not calling the FBI “a cancer.”
“Trump was referring to the individuals within the FBI that are under scrutiny,” Sexton explained.
Trump was referring to the individuals within the FBI that are under scrutiny https://t.co/Ra0jS4h0hA
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) September 19, 2018