An incorrect White House pool report prompted outlets to falsely report that Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters that President Donald Trump had not read a 10-page memo because it was ‘too lengthy.’
According to a Tuesday pool report from the Dallas Morning News‘ Todd Gillman, “Kelly talked briefly to a few poolers and said Trump hasn’t yet read the Democrats’ memo but will be briefed on it later today. ‘No no. It is quite lengthy.’”
The quote went viral when repeated by reporters on social media, earning write-ups in liberal outlets like ThinkProgress. Many critics zeroed in on the fact that the “lengthy” report was only 10 pages.