President Trump Makes False Claim That Lester Holt ‘Got Caught Fudging My Tape on Russia’

By A.J. Katz 

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President Trump likes to attack the news media and specific networks when he feels he’s not being covered fairly. But he doesn’t always go after specific TV news personalities. This morning, he did.

He started with one of his favorite targets: NBC Newser-turned CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, whom he refers to him as “Little Jeff Z.”

Then, Trump criticized NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and NBC News chairman Andy Lack, two figures he doesn’t call out by name all that often.

Trump’s false claim that Holt “got caught fudging my tape on Russia” is in reference to the notorious May 2017 interview where the president admitted to Holt on-camera that he fired former FBI director James Comey due to the Russia investigation.

There doesn’t seem to be any proof of any “fudging” happening. In fact, the entire 13+ minute unedited interview has been online since May 11, 2017:

Then, there’s the attack on Andy Lack, which is probably in reference to Emily Smith‘s story for Page Six published earlier this week, where she claims Lack will be fired “over his mishandling of a series of #MeToo scandals and the Megyn Kelly debacle.”

NBC News declined to comment.

Trump then shifted to a general criticism of the media:

Just another day in Trump World.