Trump loves to brag about being the best, the biggest, the greatest at everything, but the only record he’s set so far is for the number of blatant, outright, ridiculous lies he’s told since being elected to the presidency. As The Washington Post noted ahead of the anniversary of Trump’s first year in office, the president had told more than 2,000 boldfaced lies to the American public on record.
‘With just 10 days before he finishes his first year as president, Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims in 355 days, according to our database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of more than 5.6 claims a day.’
Trump’s Wednesday morning Twitter rant was yet another lie in outrage over being caught on audio bragging about lying, which he then covered with a lie.
It shouldn’t be surprising that Trump has been caught in yet another lie, this time in an audio recording obtained by The Times, but what is surprising is that he will admit to, even brag about, lying to other world leaders. This time, the lie was told first to the prime minister of Canada, the U.S.’s closest ally, then laughed about and defended by yet another lie to fundraisers in Missouri.
‘Trudeau came to see me. He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, “No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please.” Nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in — “Donald, we have no trade deficit.” He’s very proud because everybody else, you know, we’re getting killed.
‘So, he’s proud. I said, “Wrong, Justin, you do.” I didn’t even know. … I had no idea. I just said, “You’re wrong.” You know why? Because we’re so stupid. … And I thought they were smart. I said, “You’re wrong, Justin.” He said, “Nope, we have no trade deficit.” I said, “Well, in that case, I feel differently,” I said, “but I don’t believe it.” I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, “Check, because I can’t believe it.”
After boasting about making up a trade deficit to a foreign leader, Trump insisted that he heard back from his “guy,” who said:
‘”Well, sir, you’re actually right. We have no deficit, but that doesn’t include energy and timber. And when you do, we lose $17 billion a year.”‘
This is categorically false, as the Office of the United States Trade Representative confirmed, saying that “the United States has a trade surplus with Canada.”
Hear the audio recording below:
President Trump admits he made up facts during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and @NBCNews has obtained an audio recording of those remarks. pic.twitter.com/kmm62IYENz
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 15, 2018
Trump continued by “accusing the European Union, China, Japan and South Korea of ripping off the United States for decades and pillaging the U.S. workforce. He also described the North American Free Trade Agreement as a disaster and heaped blame on the World Trade Organization for allowing other countries to box in the United States on trade” to his fundraisers.
These are the same statements he has made to the American public. At this point, why should foreign leaders continue to try negotiating with him? Why should U.S. voters continue to trust anything he says?
Other leaders now know that @realDonaldTrump makes stuff up, like he did with Justin Trudeau. That harms US credibility.
In the future if @POTUS calls prime minister X and says there's a situation in Iraq, or Syria, or Niger that US needs help, why would Trump be believed? https://t.co/IBvlqyMR7Y
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 15, 2018
The truth, which will unfortunately never come from President Trump, is that no one should trust the current U.S. president, and that is exactly what makes him so completely dangerous.
Twitter responded to Trump’s insane tweet, see some of the best responses below:
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