The story of President Donald Trump’s New Year’s tree has become a hoax.
In January, a man posted a photo of the illuminated clock in a park in California and said it was a hoax of some kind.
The photo was quickly taken down and the clock was taken down from a Trump property in Florida.
Trump later tweeted that the clock “is fake.”
Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said the clock had been purchased by the White House, and Trump and his wife Melania were visiting Florida when it was posted.
But the clock, which has a gold clock face and a silver hour hand, was not on display at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, Hicks said.
“This clock is not on the property,” she said in an email to The Associated Press.
“The clock is on display in West Virginia.”
The clock is an actual clock, a clockmaker called W.M. Gaskin, who said he has sold thousands of clock faces to the Trump White House and has sold about 1,000.
“We are not selling the clock.
It is a clock made by W.G.G.,” he said.
Trump tweeted that he would donate the clock to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
“Thank you to the White Houses Holiday Gift Program,” he wrote on Dec. 28.
Hicks said Trump had no plans to donate the timepiece to the museum.
“I am not aware of any other gift to the National Museum,” she wrote.
The clock, called a “timepiece,” is a fake.
The Trump International golf club in West Florida, Florida.
– Courtesy of the White houses Holiday Gift program.
Trump’s spokesman Hicks told AP that Trump would donate it to the Museum of the American Revolution.
“As President Trump has made clear, he is very much looking forward to the celebration of the National Day of Prayer and Holiday Display at the White house,” Hicks said in a statement.
The museum has been working to create a timepiece for the holiday and Hicks said she would be involved in that process.
Hicks did not respond to AP questions about whether the museum was going to donate it.
A spokesperson for the Smithsonian said the Trump National Golf Club is not currently in negotiations for the clock and that it will be “reviewing the clock in the coming days.”
Trump also had a Christmas tree in his office in West Wing, where he had previously worked as a private citizen.
In a tweet on Dec 30, Trump wrote that he “loved to watch” the clock being made and that he was going “to have a big Christmas tree” for it.
Trump, who has not attended the Whitehouse Christmas tree, said in the tweet that he loved to watch it being made.
He is going to have a BIG Christmas tree for the illuminated holiday clock!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017 Trump’s tweets come amid allegations that he had improper sexual contact with multiple women and an alleged assault at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate.
The New York Times reported Dec. 27 that Trump had been accused by two women of forcibly kissing them without their consent in 2005.
The women claimed Trump groped them, grabbed their genitals, kissed them, then told them he wanted to have sex with them.
A third woman alleged that Trump tried to kiss her without her consent.
Trump denied all the allegations, and in a tweet said “the women are lying.”
He added, “It never happened, and never will.”
Trump has denied the claims.
Hicks and the WhiteHouse said Wednesday that the president has not received any formal complaints about the clock but did not elaborate on how the clock would be handled.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.