Exxon Mobil CEO Corrected Donald Trump Lie: “Just So We’re All Clear, It Never Happened”
After a 2020 campaign event where Trump bragged at great length about his fundraising abilities, he drew the attention of Exxon Mobil, who had to fact check a bit of his speech.
At the Arizona rally, Trump speculated how a conversation between himself and the Exxon Mobil CEO might go if he were looking for $25 million in campaign donations.
Exxon Mobil wasted no time in responding and they actually had to clarify that the conversation between the two men “never happened.”
The company tweeted the fact check after Trump boasted to a campaign event crowd that he was going down as “the greatest fundraiser in history.”
He said that if he “wanted to” he could raise “a billion dollars in one day” just by putting in calls to the CEOs of large Wall Street firms and energy companies.
As you can see in this video, he went on to describe a hypothetical call between himself and the head of Exxon Mobil.
Trump boasted to the crowd,
“I call the head of Exxon, I don’t know. ‘Hi, how you doing, how’s energy coming, when are you doing the exploration. Oh, you need a couple of permits, huh? Ok.’”
“But I call the head of Exxon, I say: ‘You know, I’d love you to send me $25 million for the campaign,’”
“”Absolutely sir, why didn’t you ask? Would you like some more?’“
Just after that appearance, Exxon Mobil wanted to set the record straight so they took to Twitter and posted: “We are aware of the president’s statement regarding a hypothetical call with our CEO … and just so we’re all clear, it never happened.”
In one shortened version of the clip, it has been suggested by some that the conversation, which dwelled in part on “permits” and the $25 million, was describing a quid pro quo situation but earlier in the entire speech, the president talks about being “compromised” by larger donations.
Trump said, “I would take in more money but you know what, I don’t want to do that. Because if I do that I’m totally compromised. Because when they call me, you know, you’re a loyal person, and what happens is that you’ll do things that are a lot more money.”
Trump was harping on this topic particularly following recent reports from the press that claimed his fundraising is a bit lackluster in comparison to his opponent, Joe Biden. September reports showed that Biden has out-fundraised him by more than $135 million.
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