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Donald Trump: ‘Fake News’ that Josh Hawley Left Campaign Rally Early

Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley is guided to the podium to speak by President Donald Trump during a rally at Show Me Center, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
CHARLIE SPIERING

President Donald Trump denounced a rumor that Republican Senate Candidate Josh Hawley left early from his campaign rally in Missouri.

“There is a rumor, put out by the Democrats, that Josh Hawley of Missouri left the Arena last night early,” Trump wrote. “It is Fake News.”

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade reported on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning that Hawley left early.

“What could he have been doing that was so important?” he asked.

But Trump said Twitter that it was not true.

“He met me at the plane when I arrived, spoke at the great Rally, & stayed to the very end,” he wrote. “In fact, I said goodbye to him and left before he did. Deception!”

According to CSPAN footage of the rally, Trump is seen shaking hands with Hawley on his way out of the arena.

The president held his final rally with Hawley on Monday night which lasted until 10:45 CST. Trump did not return to the White House until 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

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