Jun 4, 2019

Trump during U.K. visit: "I don't see any protests"

Theresa May and her husband meet with Donald and Melania Trump on June 4. Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images

President Trump said at a press conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday that he did not see any protests during his state visit, describing reports to the contrary as "fake news."

Reality check: More than 10,000 people have reportedly gathered in London to protest Trump's visit. Demonstrators inflated a 20-foot blimp depicting Trump as a baby in a diaper near the U.K. Houses of Parliament, with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn calling the protests "an opportunity to stand in solidarity" with those Trump has attacked — including London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who Trump again criticized during his press conference.

What Trump's saying: "And then I heard that there were protests, I said where are the protests, I don't see any protests. I did see a small protest today when I came, very small. So a lot of it is fake news, I hate to say. ... I didn't see the protesters until just a little while ago and it was a very, very small group of people put in for political reasons, so it was fake news."

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