When a four-year-old gets into trouble, he or she lies to escape responsibility. That is what Donald Trump does — all day, every day. This latest lie, though, is especially destructive — even for him.
In his morning Twitter rant, the president has been trying to spin what he did with China. The government-owned company, ZTE, makes phones, and the U.S. discovered it was using them to spy on Americans, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, and even contractors.
It was also selling them to our enemies, such as Iran and North Korea. Yet, Trump blamed The Washington Post and CNN for “false stories:”
‘The Washington Post and CNN have typically written false stories about our trade negotiations with China. Nothing has happened with ZTE except as it pertains to the larger trade deal. Our country has been losing hundreds of billions of dollars a year with China…’
ZTE was sanctioned by Trump’s own administration less than a month ago. It cannot sell phone parts to the U.S. for seven years! That is a pretty serious sanction, but it was a very serious crime.
Trump tweeted his lie that his change of mind was all about trade negotiations:
‘…We have not seen China’s demands yet, which should be few in that previous U.S. Administrations have done so poorly in negotiating. China has seen our demands. There has been no folding as the media would love people to believe, the meetings…’
Why would the commander-in-chief want to lift the sanctions weeks after putting them in place? As it turns out, China donated $500 million, a half a billion, to a theme park in Indonesia.
The place just happens to have Trump hotels and a Trump golf course, but he said that had nothing to do with it. The Chinese people are losing jobs, he said.
His windfall was not a bribe. No, the U.S. has to be good buddies with China, because “China has much to give!” His tweet was more than a little ironic:
‘…haven’t even started yet! The U.S. has very little to give, because it has given so much over the years. China has much to give!’
Twitter world went wild, hitting on everything about Trump — from China to Ivanka. Check out some of our favorite responses to the Donald’s last lies below:
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