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He's denying he said what we all heard him say.
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AYLESBURY, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Prime Minister Theresa May holds bi-lateral talks with U.S. President Donald Trump at Chequers on July 13, 2018 in Aylesbury, England. US President, Donald Trump, held bi-lateral talks with British Prime Minister, Theresa May at her grace-and-favour country residence, Chequers. Earlier British newspaper, The Sun, revealed criticisms of Theresa May and her Brexit policy made by President Trump in an exclusive interview. Later today The President and First Lady will join Her Majesty for tea at Windsor Castle. (Photo by Jack Taylor - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

Prior to his Friday visit to the United Kingdom, President Donald Trump gave an exclusive interview to The Sun in which he blasted British Prime Minister Theresa May for her handling of Brexit.

Trump claimed May ignored his advice on how to handle negotiations on Britain’s exit from the European Union, which was approved by voter referendum in 2016. The president said May has gone “the opposite way” of what he had suggested and that the results have been “very unfortunate.”

“She wrecked it.”

But when pressed about the interview on Friday, Trump denied making incendiary claims against May, calling such reports “fake news” even though the interview was recorded.

“Fortunately, we tend to record stories now,” Trump said. “We record when we deal with reporters. It’s called ‘fake news.'”

Reporters pounced on the president’s “gaslighting.”

Twitter slammed Trump for calling his own words “fake news.”

This walk back of his recorded comments echoes a statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that seems to have been dictated directly by Trump.

British lawmakers slammed Trump’s comments in the interview.

“Where are your manners,” Parliament member Sam Gyimah tweeted.

Sarah Wollaston, a conservative member of Parliament, said Trump was “determined to insult” May. “The divisive, dog-whistle rhetoric in his Sun interview is repulsive,” she added. “If signing up to the Trumpworldvieww is the price of a deal, it’s not worth paying.”

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