It was remarkably similar to a story Trump told at the first White House Hanukkah reception just four hours prior, this time recalling a conversation he said he had with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
“I said, ‘Bob Kraft, which is bigger? Which is more important to the Jewish people?’ He said, ‘Neither.’ I said, ‘What does that mean?’ He said, ‘What you did by terminating the Iran nuclear deal is bigger than both.’ I think that’s true.”
In the video above, you can watch Trump tell the same story four times, naming different people each time.
Four days before the Hanukkah receptions, Trump spoke about a conversation with Republican financier and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. “I said to Sheldon, ‘What do you think was bigger? … Israel and the embassy going in, and it became Jerusalem, the capital of Israel? Or the Golan Heights?’ He said, ‘Neither.’ ”
And in September, Trump referred to having a similar conversation with “people.”
At least twice, the subjects Trump mentioned in the Israel story were in the room with him when he told it. But whether the conversations happened as Trump described them is unclear. The White House declined to comment.
Anne Gearan contributed to this analysis.