MSNBC's Rachel Maddow accused the Trump White House of erasing, or disappearing, the part of the official transcript of the president's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin where his Russian counterpart said Trump was his preferred candidate for improved U.S.-Russian relations.
While the part does not appear in the official White House transcript, the exact same issue happened to The Washington Post's transcript, which was likely the same provider to the White House. WaPo's Philip Bump disproved Maddow's theory in an article he wrote Wednesday morning, hours after the segment aired.
Bump writes: Here’s the thing: That’s also how The Post’s transcript of the news conference initially read, too. Ours came from Bloomberg Government and ours, too, excluded the first part of the reporters question in which he begins, “President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election”.
Maddow also accused the White House of disappearing the video of the question too. WaPo's Bump disproves that too, believing that the White House's version did not have good audio. However, FOX News' version of the press conference captured the question and answer clearly.
UPDATE (7/25 @ 2.23PM ET): Maddow tweeted she is standing by the story despite the Washington Post piece. Tweets:
This is one possible explanation for why the White House transcript & video from Helsinki doesn’t include Putin saying he wanted Trump to win.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) July 25, 2018
But Putin really did say that in Helsinki...
...and the White House transcript & video still does leave it out.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) July 25, 2018
WaPo now says it has updated its own transcript. Will the White House?
After more than a week of reporting on the bad transcript (see link below)...
(1): White House has let it stand uncorrected, and— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) July 25, 2018
(2): POTUS now asserts that Putin wants *Dems* to win, not him.
I love WaPo with the heat of 1000 suns, but nothing here from WaPo disproves our report.