White House alters Scaramucci press briefing transcript to make Trump's golf more impressive

Can the President sink 3-foot putts or 30-foot putts?

Andrew Buncombe
New York
Friday 28 July 2017 13:54 BST
Scaramucci: Trump sinks 3-foot putts. Official transcript: Trump sinks 30-foot putts

It’s long been known that Donald Trump loves his golf. And it’s known he’s very sensitive about his prowess at the sport.

In the 190 days since be became President, he has spent a minimum of 42 days at his resorts that have golf courses. Once, he called up a reporter from the New Yorker to berate him for refusing to go along with his claim that he had completed a round in 71.

Now, it has emerged the White House has stepped in to tweak a transcript of a briefing from the President’s director of communications, Anthony Scarmucci, to make it appear that his golf game is better than Mr Scaramucci suggested.

The transcript differed from what Mr Scaramucci said in the briefing room
The transcript differed from what Mr Scaramucci said in the briefing room (White House)

The Daily Dot reported that in his first briefing, Mr Scaramucci told reporters that Mr Trump was a “very, very” competitive man.

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“[Trump] is the most competitive person I have ever met,” he said. “I have seen him throw a dead spiral [a spinning American football] through a tyre. I’ve seen him at Madison Square Garden, with a topcoat on, standing in the key and he’s hitting foul shots and swishing them.”

He added: “He sinks three-foot putts. I don’t see this guy as a guy that's ever under siege. This is a very, very competitive person.”

The White House transcript of the briefing details what Mr Scaramucci said word for word, with one exception - that three-foot putt has turned into a thirty-foot putt.

The White House has yet to comment on whether this change to the transcript was intentional or made in error.

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