The president took to blatantly lying in the Tuesday morning installment of the hit new TV show known as “Let’s See How Crazy The President Can Be Today!”
No, seriously though, Trump made claims while writing on Twitter early Tuesday morning that are patently false.
He wrote, “I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy — yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!”
I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy – yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2017
It’s not immediately clear what the acute situational provocateur is that made Trump so uneasy and underlies this tweet. In other words, it’s not immediately clear why is Trump all of a sudden back on the topic of Russia again.
In all honesty though, if the past is any indication, then one of the major networks likely just mentioned the controversy over Russia in their live broadcast. Trump, then, is sitting somewhere in the presidential residence getting riled up over a yet unknown cable news broadcast.
What he’s claiming here, no matter what prompted him to make the claims, is, again, false.
Trump does indeed have, at the very least, a long history of deals in Russia, and he has also claimed to “have a relationship with” Vladimir Putin. While speaking on the occasion of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which he owned, taking place in Moscow, Russia, the man who is now the president claimed, bluntly, to have a relationship with Putin.
Twitter users dropped video of these 2013 comments of Trump’s over and over again in the comments section of his latest tweet.
— AJ Joshi Ⓥ (@AJ) February 7, 2017
Efforts to pin down the president’s presently standing ties to Russia remain relatively imprecise due to the fact that he refuses to release his tax returns, documents that would provide the most definitive evidence one way or the other as to the issue of Trump and Russia.
However, there’s things publicly available like this quote from Donald Trump Jr., speaking of the family businesses in 2008:
‘We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia. There’s indeed a lot of money coming for new-builds and resale reflecting a trend in the Russian economy and, of course, the weak dollar versus the ruble.’
What Trump is referring to with Obama and Iran is both irrelevant and framed deceptively.
Towards the end of the Obama presidency, the administration sent $400 million dollars to Iran. The arrival of this money in the Middle Eastern nation coincided with the release of Americans who were being held in the country. Obama’s opponents claimed that the money was a ransom deal. However, the money was funds that fell to Iran in the global financial reshuffling that resulted from the Iran Nuclear Deal-prompted sanctions lifting.
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