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Did Trump Rebuke Baltic State Presidents?

Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway

senior advisor to president-elect Donald Trump

“[The Baltic presidents'] participation had not been cleared in advance, however Trump restrained himself and did interrupt the conversation. But when all three Balts, interrupting each other, began to speak of Russian aggression, the 45th president of the U.S.A. didn't hold back and said, ‘Shut up, please, and let's follow some elementary decency. Then maybe it will all work out for you.’"

not only quote, but entire story created out of thin air.

The Russian Agency for News Reports (AIS) claimed on November 30 that Kellyanne Conway, former campaign manager for president-elect Donald Trump and now his senior advisor, reportedly gave an interview to CNN host Christiane Amanpour on November 28. According to AIS, Conway allegedly described a phone call that Trump had with Lithuanian President Dalya Grybauskaite during which she supposedly brought in her fellow Baltic leaders, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid unexpectedly.

Conway was quoted as commenting that the impromptu phone call was an example of "outrageous cases of ignorance in diplomacy, and also etiquette on the part of some states of little significance."

According to AIS, Conway allegedly portrayed the Baltic leaders as interrupting each other to tell Trump about Russian aggression, which led to him telling them to "shut up."

None of this story is true.

Polygraph asked the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry if such a phone call had taken place, as no official statement had been made about it. Zivile Didzgalviene of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry's Press Service told Polygraph, "There was no such phone conversation."

Kellyanne Conway has given a number of interviews recently to CNN, and even one posted November 28, but it was with Tom LoBianco, not Christiane Amanpour, and concerned the prospect of Governor Mitt Romney's appointment as Secretary of State. There was no mention at all of the Baltics.

Polygraph also contacted Christiane Amanpour of CNN. "Thanks for checking. And yes this story is FAKE," Amanpour emphasized, adding, "I have not interviewed Conway."