Donald Trump on Wednesday disputed a CNN report that the Secret Service spoke with his campaign about his “Second Amendment people” remarks.
“No such meeting or conversation ever happened – a made up story by ‘low ratings’ @CNN,” the Republican presidential nominee tweeted.
No such meeting or conversation ever happened – a made up story by “low ratings” @CNN.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2016
Trump’s response came just hours after the network reported the agency spoke with campaign officials on multiple occasions about his Tuesday comments about “Second Amendment people” possibly taking action against Hillary Clinton if she wins the election.
CNN did not describe the nature of the conversations, including whether they occurred in a formal or informal setting.
But an unnamed agency official told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that campaign aides told the Secret Service that Trump did not intend to incite violence.
Sciutto stood by his story despite Trump’s assertion that no conversation took place.
Trump’s comments have created an unprecedented situation for a presidential candidate under protection of the Secret Service, which is also tasked with investigating threats against the nominees.
The agency has not publicly commented on the topic, other than to say they are aware of his comments.
Several Democrats have called on the Secret Service to investigate Trump for the eyebrow-raising comments.
Clinton on Wednesday blasted Trump, accusing him of inciting violence.
“Words matter, my friends. And if you are running to be president or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences,” she said at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
Speaking at a Tuesday rally in North Carolina, the bombastic real estate mogul was discussing what would happen to the Supreme Court if his Democratic opponent were to win the White House in November, claiming she wants to “abolish the Second Amendment.”
“By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” he said.
“Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know. But – but I’ll tell you what. That will be a horrible day.”
Trump’s comments were widely condemned as reckless.
His campaign quickly put out a statement saying that he meant that National Rifle Association and other gun rights supporters could stop Clinton from winning the election – not use violence against her.
He also blamed the media for misinterpreting his remarks.
“Media desperate to distract from Clinton’s anti-2A stance. I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!” he tweeted Tuesday night.