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AP FACT CHECK: Trump and his real, and unreal, phone calls

August 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump’s universe, the past week was distinguished by two phone calls that happened and two that didn’t.

Transcripts were leaked of calls with Australian and Mexican leaders from the early days of his presidency. They show that tensions he denied at the time were very real.

Meantime, he also talked about recent calls from Mexico’s president and a Boy Scout leader that never took place.

It was about six months ago when Trump had his phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Trump tweeted afterward that the chat was “very civil” and he denounced reports of negativity as “fake news.”

But in the transcript, Trump tells Turnbull that their conversation is “ridiculous” and the worst he had that day with world leaders.

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