Rep. Matt Gaetz Reportedly Denied Meeting With Trump After Sex Trafficking Allegations
Aides for former President Donald Trump intervened to stop a meeting between him and Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is currently embroiled in sex trafficking allegations, CNN reports. Gaetz and his team have vehemently denied the claims.
Gaetz quickly called the new developments “a total lie” in a tweet Sunday.
This is a total lie.
I am on a pre-planned vacation with my fiancée. I was welcomed at Trump Doral days ago.
No such meeting was denied nor sought.
Gabby, “unnamed sources” lied.
When can we expect a retraction? https://t.co/6oaW7JlXUt
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) April 12, 2021
Harlan Hill, a Gaetz spokesperson, quickly seconded the representative saying, “Rep. Gaetz arrived at Doral, gave a speech, and left. He has not solicited a meeting with President Trump anytime recently, as confirmed by President Trump’s own team in a public statement today. Rep. Gaetz has been spending his time in recess relaxing with his fiancee, and appreciates all the support he has been receiving from his constituents — who in a poll last week demonstrated overwhelming support for the Congressman — as well groups like Women for America First who hosted him in Miami this weekend.”
Hill’s comments were then seemingly confirmed by Trump spokesperson Jason Miller, who called the development “fake news.”
This @CNN story is complete fake news.
No such scheduling or meeting request was ever made, and therefore, it could never have been declined.
Take note that this story has zero on-the-record sources. It’s literally made-up.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) April 12, 2021
The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that they will be opening an investigation into Gaetz following allegations that the Florida representative showed nude pictures of women on the House floor.