“We had a terrific meeting [with U.S. governors]. Somebody in the fake news said that one of the governors said, ‘Oh, we need Tom Brady.’ I said yeah,” Trump told reporters at The White House. “He meant that in a positive way. He said we need Tom Brady, we’re gonna do great. And he meant it very positively. But [the media] took it differently. They think Tom Brady should be leading the effort. That’s only fake news.”

According to WCVB in Boston, it began on a private phone call with governors from across the country.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, urged Trump to use his full authority to ramp up production of necessary medical equipment, according to an audio recording of the call obtained by AP. But Trump said the federal government is merely the “backup.”

“I don’t want you to be the backup quarterback, we need you to be Tom Brady here,” Inslee replied, invoking the football star and Trump friend.

Of course Trump called it fake news and of course he called Brady a great guy.

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