A little over two weeks ago, fake news sites like The Gateway Pundit and Drudge Report began pushing the idea that President Donald Trump was going to take a trip to Saudi Arabia as part of his Saudi Arabia trip.
The Gateway and Drudges sites have been spreading the stories that Trump would be visiting Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman, and that the meeting would be held on June 5, 2020.
However, as the days go by, it looks like that may not be the case.
The Trump Administration has made it clear that the trip to Riyadh is going to be delayed.
A new report from Politico shows that the administration is pushing back on the rumors that the president would be in Saudi Arabia.
The president has made clear that he will not be in Riyadh until he is inaugurated, a spokesman for the White House told Politico.
“We don’t plan on attending any meeting with the Saudis until after the president is sworn in,” press secretary Hope Hicks told the publication.
“He has not yet said when he will.”
The White House did not respond to requests for comment from Bleacher to confirm whether the White Trump campaign is behind the claims that the President would be going to Saudi, but Politico also noted that the Trump administration has been “blatantly contradicting” statements made by the White Houses own top advisers on the trip.
It is important to note that the Whitehouse has not explicitly denied that the Saudi trip will be delayed, and Hicks said that Trump’s travel plans are still being “reviewed” by the administration.
The timing of the president’s trip to the Saudi Arabian capital has been under intense scrutiny since reports began circulating that he would be attending a summit with Saudi King Salman.
The Whitehouse had earlier said that the meetings would take place in June.
But as of now, the WhiteHouse has not said that it will be postponing the meeting, nor has it stated that it is canceling the meeting.
While the White house is denying that the visit will be postponed, they are not entirely denying the reports of a trip.
A White House official said in a statement to the outlet that the Administration is working to schedule a meeting with King Fahd, “with the President’s participation, to discuss the future of the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
This would be a first for the Trump Administration.
It would be the first time the Saudi leader would meet with the president.
The President of the United State is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia for two days in early 2020.
If the Saudi visit is canceled, then the President will be meeting with his closest advisors at the Whitehouses own headquarters in Washington, D.C. While Hicks has not directly confirmed that the U.S. will be going on a trip, her statement is consistent with the official line.
She added that the discussions on the visit would continue “in a spirit of cooperation and understanding.”