President Donald Trump was the subject of ridicule earlier this month when reports broke that the President was rushed to the White House's underground bunker as protests against the murder of George Floyd by police grew more heated outside the White House.
After the nickname #BunkerBaby began to spread on Twitter, Trump insisted that he was only in the bunker for a brief amount of time—not because he felt there was a threat to his safety, but because he felt the need to inspect it.
"I went down during the day, and I was there for a tiny, little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection. There was no problem during the day...There was never a problem. We never had a problem. Nobody ever came close to giving us a problem."
Trump claims that reports of him taking refuge in the bunker were false, but now his own attorney general—William Barr—is contradicting that in an interview with Fox News's Bret Baier.
Barr contradicts Trump’s claim that Secret Service only wanted POTUS to go to the bunker for inspection. https://t.co/ysHH9rOkkA— TPM Livewire (@TPM Livewire) 1591701753.0
Barr was attempting to justify his order for guards to tear gas peaceful protestors last Monday in order for the President to take a picture with a bible in front of Saint John's Episcopal Church.
Barr ended up contradicting the President instead, saying:
"On Monday, we were reacting to three days of extremely violent demonstrations right across from the White House...Things were so bad that the Secret Service recommended the President go down to the bunker."
In his interview denying the bunker story, the President specifically said the Secret Service didn't recommend he go down to the bunker. He also said there were few if any protestors at the time he went down to the bunker.
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump:
"You're telling me [the Secret Service] didn't say 'You have to go downstairs. My responsibility is your welfare.' They didn't limit you at all in the House?"
"Nope, they didn't tell me that at all, but they said it would be a good time to go down, take a look because maybe sometime you're going to need it...We didn't even have protestors, or if they did, it was a small crowd. There's so much fake news going around, Brian, you have no idea."
So who is telling the truth?
What? Either Barr or trump is lying... https://t.co/YxWqCkSwk0— C Meyer (@C Meyer) 1591703491.0
@kaitlancollins @BretBaier This can't be true. Trump said he didn't go to the bunker in the evening b/c of protests… https://t.co/9IpTQu8Rft— NotATweeter16 (@NotATweeter16) 1591655514.0
@rhonda_harbison @kaitlancollins @BretBaier I’m so confused, which liar do I believe?— Paul Tutton (@Paul Tutton) 1591657866.0
Today is Monday. That means we find out @realDonaldTrump lied to the American people, again. https://t.co/B0QKrkmdUc— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1591656238.0
Regardless, people haven't stopped mocking Trump for the bunker.
“Wait... There’s a BUNKER?!?” https://t.co/KbW2fgvVDl— James Patrick Stuart (@James Patrick Stuart) 1591722297.0
I got one thing to say about all the cowardly GOP with all their stammering and harumphs ducking questions about th… https://t.co/ALkmuwLBBd— Storm Large (@Storm Large) 1591737565.0
Siri: Give me directions to the White House. Siri: Turn right at Black Lives Matter Plaza. Make a left onto Bunker Boy Avenue.— Chuck Groundhog (@Chuck Groundhog) 1591728455.0
Curiouser and curiouser.