The Trump White House edited an official transcript of a press conference to make Donald Trump look like a better golfer than his communications director claimed he was.
The White House press office has been caught editing the transcript of a press conference to make Donald Trump look better at golf.
At the White House press conference announcing the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director, Scaramucci commented that Trump "sinks 3-foot putts." But in the official transcript of the event, posted on WhiteHouse.gov, Scaramucci's boast was further exaggerated and now reads "sinks 30-foot putts."
The manipulation was caught by Matt Negrin, a producer at "The Daily Show," who compiled a video contrasting what was really said and what the White House now claims was said.
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The 900 percent increase in Trump's golf prowess echoes the propaganda techniques in repressive, autocratic dictatorial regimes that Trump has professed his love of in the past.
North Korea once claimed that dictator Kim Jong-il scored five holes-in-one in a single round of golf, and bowled a perfect 300 the first time he ever bowled. Propagandists for the state also claimed that he coached their World Cup soccer team with an invisible cellphone.
The embellishers in the Trump White House still have some ways to go before their tall tales push Trump ahead of North Korea's late autocrat. But it seems they're trying.