Another day, another lie-riddled Trump-ian meltdown. President Donald Trump seems to have a perpetual inability to grasp the truth, but journalists like CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta are here to remind him and everyone else of the reality. Acosta tweeted a takedown of one of the latest incendiary claims from the president, who offered this Wednesday that the British government had allegedly assisted the Obama administration in “spying” on his campaign. Put simply — neither Trump Tower nor the campaign at large were not wiretapped and the British government did not help in this nonexistent operation.
As Acosta put it:
‘This unfounded claim came up early in Trump admin. British officials angrily denied it. WH officials reportedly apologized, something Spicer denied at the briefing when he told me “I don’t think we regret anything… we were just passing on news reports.”‘
This unfounded claim came up early in Trump admin. British officials angrily denied it. WH officials reportedly apologized, something Spicer denied at the briefing when he told me “I don’t think we regret anything… we were just passing on news reports.”https://t.co/JkWn67l48R https://t.co/yjE8XjNXdo
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 24, 2019
It’s true — way back when Sean Spicer was still on the job as press secretary, he passed on a news report from Fox claiming that the British government had assisted the Obama team in spying on Trump. British authorities denounced the claim as complete nonsense — and ironically said at the time that after confronting the Trump administration that they’d “received assurances that these allegations won’t be repeated.” Those “assurances” have turned out to be meaningless, as the president has again pulled the claim out of his never-ending carousel of lies to share with the world.
At the time of the original remark, as Acosta noted, Spicer and then-national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster sought to mend the relationship with the United Kingdom, offering that Spicer was originally simply passing on the story and not “endorsing” it as an explanation. If either of them were still on the job, they’d surely have a headache now.
Ironically enough, this lie about British authorities has re-emerged as the Trump team plans for a state visit to the country in June. Trump has been there already, but for a more lowkey trip, where he met with Prime Minister Theresa May. Just like that last one, for this visit, protesters will reportedly be bringing out the giant blimp depicting Trump as an angry baby that’s gotten on his nerves. He complained that the imagery made him feel unwelcome — but if he keeps up with his lies, who does he have to angrily point fingers at over that but himself?
Check out Twitter’s response to Acosta pointing out the madness…
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