"This has been the most devastating thing that's ever happened to us," Tareq told Matt Lauer Tuesday morning. "We're greatly saddened by all the circumstances that have been involved in portraying my wife and I as party crashers. I can tell you we did not party crash the White House."
Added his wife Michaele, "Our lives have been destroyed, everything we've worked for, Matt. For me, 44 years, just destroyed."
The couple says they are "cooperating extensively with the U.S. Secret Service on their internal review and investigation."
The AP reports the Salahis claimed a dead cell phone battery prevented them from hearing a voicemail earlier that day advising them they did not make the guest list.
"Extra" wants to know: Did they crash or were they invited?