Is " someone says something" ( in the present) acceptable, and if yes , when?
Let's say I just got off the phone with someone, and they said they wouldn't make it on time. I've got someone in front of me waiting anxiously to hear what the person on the phone said.
I answer: "Jake says they won't make it, and wants us to go ahead without them."
How does it compare to " x said they wouldn't / won't make it and [....] " ?
I know this is mostly used in a general sense, as in: "He says it's not in the cards yet" (marriage, or whatever).
So my question is, when reporting something still relevant in the present ( something someone said a few days ago, last week, just a second ago etc), aside from the general sense when reporting something someone often says, is it acceptable to use the verb in the present rather than past simple?
The Independent published this article 8 hours ago: "Donald Trump Jr says his father can't be racist because 'of all the rappers' he has hung out with"