The White House is well-known at this point for having a relationship with the truth that’s sub-optimal, to put it lightly, handing news organizations the task of correcting the Trump Administration’s incessant lying.
On Tuesday, while airing the White House press conference, CNN unveiled detailed live fact checks of Sanders’ remarks.
Among the statements fact checked is Sanders’ assertion that former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was basically a nobody in the Trump campaign, calling him, as others in the Trump camp have, nothing more than a campaign volunteer.
That assertion, however, is an exaggeration at best, with Donald Trump himself having spoken highly of Papadopoulos in the past. CNN pointed this out in rebuttals to Sanders that were placed on the screen next to the live press conference feed this Tuesday.
Check out an image of this below via CNN’s Jason K. Morrell.
Last Monday, Papadopoulos was revealed to have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, having wrongfully claimed that he had been approached by a Russian professor offering him dirt on Hillary Clinton before joining the Trump campaign.
In fact, Papadopoulos had been approached by this professor after he already knew he was going to join the Trump campaign; that’s the only reason that this professor ever wanted to talk to him in the first place.
The revelation of Papadopoulos’ guilty plea came on the same day that former Trump aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted on an array of charges, including conspiracy against the U.S. and money laundering.
Another point that CNN corrected Sanders on via their on-screen fact checks was her assertion that the media is “completely obsessed” with the Russia scandal, while supposedly ignoring “a lot of other things that people care a lot more about.”
As CNN pointed out via their on-screen fact-checks, if anyone is obsessed with the Russia scandal, it’s the president, who has tweeted numerous times, sometimes out of the blue, about the scandal, and has been reported to be “seething” behind the scenes regarding the latest turn of events involving Manafort.
Check out an image of CNN’s fact check of Sanders’ implication that Trump is not obsessed with the Russia scandal below.
Check out a short video clip of the live fact checks below.
Sanders on Trump’s response to indictments: “I don’t think it’s at all affecting his ability to get his job done” https://t.co/G3JF9AuEhu
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 31, 2017
Towards the end of the clip, a reporter asks her why she seems so “confident” that the Russia investigation will soon be over — she responded by saying that her confidence is “because we have confidence.”
Check out Twitter’s response to this newest round of fact checks from CNN below.
Featured Image via Screenshot from the Video.