Trump denies knowing reporter, but reporter says they were on first-name basis
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump says he couldn't have been making fun of a reporter's disability, because he doesn't know the man.
But the reporter says that's not so. Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times says he has met Trump repeatedly, interviewing him in his office and talking to him at news conferences. He says he and Trump "were on a first-name basis for years."
On stage Tuesday, a mocking Trump flailed his arms in an apparent attempt to imitate mannerisms of Kovaleski -- who has a congenital condition that restricts joint movement.
It all stems from Trump's claim of having seen "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on 9/11.
Trump accused Kovaleski of backing off a story from a week after the attacks that said authorities in New Jersey detained and questioned "a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks." Kovaleski then worked for The Washington Post.
Trump cites the story as proof of his claim. But the story did not suggest "thousands" were observed celebrating or that the reports of such a scene were true. Other accounts from that time concluded the allegations were unfounded.