The House speaker on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump’s tweet claiming that the NBA has “no interest” in the 2020 Winter Olympics in Los Angeles.
“I have no interest in it.
I know nothing about it,” Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., told reporters in the Capitol.
“I don’t know anything about the IOC.
It’s a complete fiction.”
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that the NFL and NBA have “no affiliation” with the Winter Olympics and that they “just make a fortune off of them.”
“You don’t need a Olympics to make money off of an Olympic game.
You don’t even need a Summer Olympics to do that.
They just make a lot of money off it,” Trump said.
In response to the president’s claim, the NBA tweeted that it was “not at all” aware of any association between the Olympics and the Winter Olympic Games.
The IOC said it was unaware of the tweet.
The NBA, which has already held the Olympics since 2002, said it is “not aware of” the president or his surrogates suggesting otherwise.
“While the IOC is not at all aware of the President’s claims, we have nothing further to add at this time,” the IOC said in a statement.
The president’s comments come after the IOC announced Thursday that it would delay the Winter Games in 2020 to 2022 because of the Ebola pandemic.
Trump, however, was adamant in his initial tweet that he would not boycott the Winter games and called on the IOC to allow the games to go ahead.
He also made several disparaging comments about the Winter sports, saying the NBA “would never” bid for the 2024 games and that he “wouldnt even be interested” in hosting the Winter Paralympics in 2020.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.