Thursday on CNN’s “The Lead ,” while discussing the a conference call in which presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talked with his campaign staff about how to deal with the controversy over the Trump University case and U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage, Dr, Ben Carson said he was on the call and Trump “didn’t ask people to keep going after the judge.”
He said that he instead said “the facts are on our side and we should fight back.”
Partial transcript as follows:
TAPPER: Mr. Trump held a conference call with surrogates on Monday in which he told people to keep going after the judge, don’t back down, don’t listen to the media. Were you on the call?
CARSON: I was.
TAPPER: And is that what Mr. Trump said?
CARSON: Part of it. He didn’t ask people to keep going after the judge.
TAPPER: What did he say?
CARSON: But he did say the facts are on our side and we don’t need to be timid about this. Because there have been some information disseminated that — You shouldn’t say anything, and just say that this is being litigated. We don’t want to talk about it.— He was saying, no, that’s not the right way to go because the facts are on our side and we should fight back.
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