Former President Donald Trump attacked presenter Piers Morgan and accused him of tampering with the promotion of his interview to suggest that the Republican leader had left the room.
In a series of photos, an irate Trump is shown grimacing as Morgan calls the 2020 election “free and fair” and says the former president “has never presented hard evidence” to prove otherwise. The former president was seen trying to intervene by shouting “excuse me” repeatedly.
In a statement on Thursday, Trump said: “Piers Morgan, like the rest of the fake news media, attempted to illegally and deceptively edit his long and tedious interview.”
“He wanted to make it look like I walked out of the interview when my 20-minute time limit went over an hour. The interview was very strong about the 2020 election fraud, with me calling him a ‘fool’ if he really believed these results,” the statement read.
Morgan, who joined Rupert Murdoch’s TalkTV to host his own show Piers Morgan uncensoredtook to Twitter on Wednesday to post a clip full of interview shortcuts to promote his new show.
“For those who want to make Piers look bad, compare his promotional video and how he was manipulated to the real thing. I hope they now make big changes to their final product,” Trump added.
In the chaotic 30-second clip shared by Morgan, the president says, “I think I’m a very honest man, much more so than you are actually.”
After Morgan says that “it was a free and fair election – you lost”, the Republican leader replies: “Only a fool would think that”.
“Do you think I’m a fool?” asks Mr. Morgan.
“Yes, now,” replies the former president.
The 45th president also called his Vice President Mike Pence “foolish and weak” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “stupid,” according to Morgan.
The second ending of the ad shows Trump standing up and ordering the cameras off as he walks away saying, “Very dishonest.”
The presenter added that he was called a fool six times by the “angry” president, according to The sun.
“The next day, I emailed Trump thanking him for his time and included these words: ‘You had every right to be angry and call me a fool for not believing the election was stolen from you, but also I have every right to my opinion, and I wouldn’t lie to your face just to not bother you,’” Morgan wrote.
“Best friends are the most honest/critical, not the sycophant.”