The White House slapped back at suggestions on Monday that the president was not in the Oval Office working when he said that he was in a morning tweet.
The Marine sentry who stands guard outside the West Wing whenever the president is in it was not as his post, suggesting the president was elsewhere.
Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in an afternoon tweet that Trump was, in fact, in the Oval Office, even though a Marine was not standing guard outside.
‘I just looked into the Oval Office myself, and @POTUS was in fact sitting behind the Resolute Desk working,’ he said.
The White House slapped back at suggestions on Monday that the president was not in the Oval Office working when he said that he was in a tweet
The Marine sentry who stands guard outside the West Wing whenever the president is in it was not as his post, suggesting the president was elsewhere
Trump has not been seen in the Oval Office by reporters since Christmas Day
Sources inside and outside the White House have been unable to explain to DailyMail.com where the Marine, who is on a four-man rotation, has been over the past week.
On several occasions over the holidays when Trump claimed to within, the Marine was not standing outside, including on Monday morning when Trump tweeted to say he was ‘in the Oval Office’ waiting for Democrats to approve the funding for his border wall.
A 10:37 am tweet said: ‘I’m in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and Fast!’
White House reporters posted photos of the West Wing entrance and noted that the Marine was missing.
Marine sentries guarding the West Wing normally rotate through their shifts every half-hour when Trump is his office and have done so for the last decade. No one could explain to DailyMail.com on Monday why they have not been seen at their posts for more than a week.
The Pentagon directed a request for comment to the White House. The White House suggested calling the Pentagon for up-to-date information.
Marine sentries act as the doorman for the president and a symbol of his presence ‘whenever he is in the West Wing working,’ a December 2009 video released by Barack Obama’s White House explains.
They are responsible for opening the door for guests and staffers who enter and exit the West Wing, as well. Secret Service alerts them to movements by the president and approaching guests with a buzzer.
Four sentries working 30-minute shifts guard the West Wing from the time the president enters until he departs.
Reporters use the West Wing Marine to track the president’s comings and goings from the Oval Office to the residence and other locations on and off the White House grounds.
Last week, when the Marine was not at his post all morning, journalists suspected the president had made a covert trip to an American outpost overseas.
The president and his wife were in Iraq on a secret visit to Al Asad Airbase.
Trump’s deputy spokesman insisted on Monday that Trump was not only in the United States but at his desk working. He said he’d seen the president with his own eyes in a 12:50 pm tweet bashing reporters who did not inquire to the press office about the president’s whereabouts.
President Trump has not been out in public since he dined at the vice president’s residence on Friday night. The last time he was seen in the Oval Office by journalists was on Christmas Day.
Last week, when the Marine was not at his post all morning, journalists suspected the president had made a covert trip to an American outpost overseas. He did – he was in Iraq
Twice on Christmas Eve the president claimed he was in the Oval, even though the West Wing Marine was not outside at the time of his tweets.
He claimed in one that he was was receiving a briefing on North Korea, as he sent out a photo of himself and two specialists in the administration who work on that issue area.
Another tweet said: ‘I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas. We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete. Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!’
The president claimed in a Saturday morning tweet that he was ‘in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security’ as he mocked reports describing them as giddy to investigate him.
That tweet notably stated that he was at the White House complex and did not claim that he was in the Oval Office.