Pro-Trump Pastor Storms Out Of Interview, Admits Lying On Biography

Amna Shoaib
Mark Burns, who had to apologize last week for posting a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface, walked out of the painful CNN interview.

Donald Trump's surrogates, like the candidate himself, have a penchant for lying and generating controversies.

The latest person to mess up is one of Trump’s top advisers, Mark Burns. And it's the second time in a week he's been exposed on the national stage.

In a cringe-worthy interview with CNN, the pastor from South Carolina was probed about the various aspects of his credentials in a biography posted on his church's website.

In response, Burns admits he "overstated" some parts, which essentially means he lied about his accomplishments. 

Burns acknowledged he didn’t graduate from North Greenville University nor was he admitted to a historically African-American fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, as he previously claimed.

When asked if he served six years in the Army, Burns says he did. He is then informed that he actually served in National Guard. He reiterates, "It is Reserves. The Army South Carolina National Guard is Reserves."

The two are very different from each other.

Later, when the news anchor, Victor Blackwell, pointed out more discrepancies from his bio, including the one that Burns enrolled in but never studied at the Anderson Theological Seminary, Burns walked out of the interview.

"Do you know how old this [bio] is? This hasn't been updated — I think there's an updated profile on me that's on the website," the pastor said as he left. He also made a bizarre claim that the interview was off the record, despite that fact that he knew CNN's cameras were rolling.

After the interview was taped, Burns posted the following statement on his Facebook page:

"As a young man starting my church in Greenville, South Carolina, I overstated several details of my biography because I was worried I wouldn't be taken seriously as a new pastor."

He then went on to say that he was being "attacked" because he is a "black man supporting Donald Trump for president."

The interview comes almost a week after Burns apologized for tweeting an image of Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in blackface.