Donald Trump is reportedly attempting to distance himself from a pre-Thanksgiving dinner he had at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida with Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.
According to NBC News, the former president claims he did not know who the far-right activist was, who was supposedly brought to the dinner by Ye.
“This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about,” Trump said in a statement via his Truth Social platform on Friday (November 25). “We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.”
NBC reports that a person familiar with the dinner conversation who is not involved in Trump’s presidential campaign and two Trump advisers briefed on the dinner backed up Trump’s claim that he didn’t know who Fuentes was when they dined together. Due to the nature of the controversy, the three sources spoke on condition of anonymity.
The two anonymous Trump advisers reportedly winced at how Fuentes, who denies the Holocaust happened, was able to have dinner with Trump, even if by mistake.
"This is a f*****g nightmare," said one longtime Trump adviser, according to NBC. "If people are looking at [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis to run against Trump, here's another reason why."
There is one discrepancy about Trump’s Truth Social post, however. According to all three sources familiar with the dinner, Trump did know one of the three “friends” brought by West. Karen Giorno was Trump’s Florida campaign director in 2016 who he reportedly knows by name and sight. Additionally, the rapper also brought along another man who was an associate, according to the sources.