President Donald Trump has claimed that he almost died in a helicopter crash after he backed out of a trip at the last minute. Now, a former Trump Organization official says that the president's story is a "total, total lie."
In 1989, three executives from Trump's casinos and two crew members were killed in a helicopter crash en route to Atlantic City. The chopper crashed in woodlands near the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.
One Trump Organization spokesman, Dan Klores, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Trump "doesn't want to talk about it, but he was going to go to Atlantic City and he did change his mind."
Barbara Res, who was working for the Trump Organization at the time of the crash, told MSNBC on Tuesday that Trump's story about almost being on the deadly helicopter flight was a total fabrication.
"I'm going to tell you a little story," Res told network host Ari Melber as she explained the deadly crash. "It was a horror. It was a horror for everybody."
Res went on to say that it wasn't long before Trump began "putting out the word that he was supposed to be on that plane or that helicopter, and he didn't at the last minute, he got pulled off the plane, in other words, he'd be dead now."
The former Trump executive declared that his claim was a "total, total lie." She compared the made-up story to Trump claiming on Monday that he was at Ground Zero helping first responders immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Res began working for the Trump Organization in the 1980s and was the company's vice president and was in charge of construction. She left the organization after a decade and is now an outspoken critic of the president and his alleged treatment of women.
Res appeared on MSNBC to discuss Trump's claims that he played a large role in the recovery efforts following the September 11th attacks.
In a speech on Monday to first responders and others impacted by the September 11th terrorist attacks, Trump claimed that he also played a big role in the recovery efforts near Ground Zero.
"I was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you," the president said. There is no evidence that Trump went to the site, but he did do a radio interview that day during which he boasted that his property at 40 Wall Street was now the tallest building in New York City.
It didn't take long for Twitter to respond to Trump's comment and within hours the hashtag #LostTrumpHistory was trending. The hashtag promoted some of the other false historical accounts that Trump has given during his presidency, like his claim on the Fourth of July that the Continental Army "took over the airports" in the Revolutionary War.
Res told MSNBC that Trump is a "tremendous opportunist" and that he has been "exploiting" 9/11 for his own reputation.