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Matt Gaetz Responds to Claims He Was Denied a Meeting With Donald Trump

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Matt Gaetz has refuted claims he was denied a meeting with former President Donald Trump as he continues to fight for his future in politics.

The embattled Florida Congressman responded to a CNN report on Sunday that said he had wanted to meet Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

CNN said the intervention made by Trump’s aides “signals that Gaetz finds himself increasingly isolated as he weathers a potentially career-ending scandal.”

But Gaetz, a vocal supporter of the former president, has fervently denied on social media that Trump had not wanted to see him.

In a tweet, responding to the claims, Gaetz said: “This is a total lie. I am on a pre-planned vacation with my fiancée.”

He continued: “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?”

Trump senior adviser Jason Miller also denied the claims made by CNN, labeling it “fake news.”

In a quote tweet, which included a post by CNN reporter Gabby Orr, Miller said: “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. We are demanding a full retraction. #FakeNews.”

Gaetz faces serious allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.

The Justice Department, as part of a probe that was launched last year while Trump’s former Attorney General William Barr led the agency, is now investigating claims whether Gaetz paid for and had sex with a 17-year-old.

Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector and close Gaetz associate, is expected to plead guilty to charges related to the allegations and other crimes in a plea deal agreement with investigators.

His attorney, Fritz Scheller, told reporters outside a federal courthouse in Orlando last week: “I’m sure Mr Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today.”

Senior Republicans have distanced themselves from Gaetz as an investigation into his conduct continues.

Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican and chair of the House Republican Conference, described the allegations that Gaetz paid a minor for sex “sickening” during a Sunday interview.

She told CBS News’ Face the Nation: “You know as the mother of daughters, the charges certainly are sickening and as the Speaker [of the House Nancy Pelosi] noted, there is an ethics investigation underway.

“There are also criminal investigations underway. And I’m not going to comment further on that publicly right now.”

Matt Gaetz refuted the claims that he was denied a meeting with Donald Trump. In this photo, Gaetz speaks during the “Save America Summit” at the Trump National Doral golf resort on April 09, 2021 in Doral, Florida. Mr. Gaetz addressed the summit hosted by Women for America First as the Justice Department is investigating the Congressman for allegations of sex with a minor and child sex trafficking.
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