NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel on Tuesday said President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE "sounded delusional" when he referred to “thousands” of people cheering him in London.
The president "sounds like he has been in a different city" than the NBC crew covering Trump's first state visit to the United Kingdom, Engel said.
Trump sounded delusional when he said there were thousands welcoming him in London. I didnt see them. And that small crowds of protestors were put out for political reasons. These not are some frog marched, bussed in protesters. pic.twitter.com/nf0BMRaCPs— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) June 4, 2019
The commentary came after Trump characterized reports of large protests as “fake news" during a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayOvernight Defense: Pentagon chief defends Milley after Trump book criticism | Addresses critical race theory | Top general says Taliban has 'strategic momentum' in war Will Ocasio-Cortez challenge Biden or Harris in 2024? The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' MORE.
“There were thousands of people on the streets cheering,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday. "It was tremendous spirit and love."
"There was great love, it was an alliance. And I didn’t see the protesters until just a little while ago, and it was a very small group of people put in for political reasons. So it was fake news," he added.
Engel disputed the president's account while speaking with "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie.
“The protesters have been circulating through downtown London,” Engel said. “Listening to President Trump, he sounds like he has been in a different city than we have been in. We have not seen thousands of people out on the streets welcoming President Trump.”
“That sounded to be somewhat delusional,” Engel added. “Instead, we have seen thousands of people expressing their opposition to President Trump. They say they don’t want him here.”
An anti-Brexit activist group called Led by Donkeys posted a photo on Twitter this week of a projection on the Tower of London of a YouGov poll showing former President Obama's approval rating at 72 percent in the U.K. compared to 21 percent for Trump.
Hi @realDonaldTrump. Just so you know, you’re wildly unpopular here in Britain. SAD! People REALLY don’t like you (though they love @BarackObama). Hope you like seeing your FAILING approval numbers projected onto the Tower of London. #TrumpUKvisit pic.twitter.com/oT332Fd6fE— Led By Donkeys (@ByDonkeys) June 3, 2019