President Donald Trump has claimed the reason he did not reach out to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto immediately after the country’s huge earthquake was because there was no cellphone reception in Mexico.
The president was asked why he had not yet contacted Peña Nieto following last Thursday’s magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico that left at least 96 people dead, prompting White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to claim on Tuesday that a phone call between the pair was imminent.
And following up on that pledge, the president days later said he had managed to call Peña Nieto, claiming that poor cell service had prevented him from doing so earlier.
Spoke to President of Mexico to give condolences on terrible earthquake. Unable to reach for 3 days b/c of his cell phone reception at site.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
It’s been a week and a half. If you didn’t have cell phone service or three days why couldn’t you contact him after that?.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) September 14, 2017
That is an idiotic lie!
The prez doesn’t have adequate communication equip?
You didn’t call until people gave u sh*t for ignoring a tragedy.
— StevenBoyer (@SteveBoyer5000) September 14, 2017
You could still have tweeted, you could have given a statement to the press. You said NOTHING, and now you’re making excuses.
— AltUSCustoms (@alt_uscbp) September 14, 2017
Ohhh, the old “no cell reception” excuse. Is that like “checks in the mail” for your $1M Harvey relief donation?
— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) September 14, 2017