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Trump Delivers on 9 More Lies He Told His Voters in a Single Week


Donald Trump has a lot of problems. You probably already know that. It’s becoming increasingly clearer by the day that one of the President’s biggest problems is that he is just plain ignorant of many, perhaps even most, of what it takes to be the President of the United States.

For example:
– In February, while the GOP was working on their disastrous and ill-fated Obamacare replacement, Trump famously said “nobody knew health care could be this complicated.”  Well, actually, Mr. President, most people knew that and in fact, many of them tried to tell you that.

-Last week, Trump explained that he had a sudden mind-change about how to deal with North Korea after speaking to Chinese President Xi because “after listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy.” Again, any of the experts on Korea that work for you could have explained the same basic facts about North Korea to the President at any time.

-Trump just recently realized (and then lied about claiming the opposite for months, especially during his campaign) that China is no longer manipulating its currency and that slapping them with manipulator designation would impair cooperation on issues like North Korea.

-Trump has also already changed his mind about relations with Russia and Syria.

-Trump wanted to cozy up to the Gulf states and confront Iran, which quickly led to a conflict with Moscow.

-After talking it over with the CEO of Boeing, and a handful of high-level meetings have convinced him that NATO is worthwhile after all, Trump decided the Export-Import Bank is good

I really miss the days when President’s weren’t learning (or not learning) the basics of diplomacy on the fly!

Axios put together a list of 9 flip-flops Trump has achieved this week…

1. China’s currency

Nov. 9, 2015 (WSJ Op-ed)

“On Day One of a Trump administration, the U.S. Treasury Department will designate China a currency manipulator.”

Wednesday (WSJ interview)

“They’re not currency manipulators.”

2. Export/Import Bank

Aug. 26, 2015 (Bloomberg interview)

“I don’t like it because I don’t think it’s necessary.”

Wednesday (WSJ interview)

“It’s a very good thing and actually it makes money.”

3. NATO

January 15, 2017 (Bild interview)

“It’s obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago. Secondly, countries aren’t paying what they should.”

Wednesday (Press conference)

“I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.”

4. Janet Yellen

May 5, 2016 (CNBC interview)

“When her time is up I would most likely replace because of the fact it would be appropriate.”

Wednesday (WSJ interview)

Trump has “respect” for her and she’s “not toast” when her term is up. He added, “I do like a low-interest rate policy, I must be honest with you.”

5. National debt

April 2, 2016 (Washington Post interview)

Trump said he would eliminate the National Debt “over a period of eight years.”

Wednesday (CNBC interview)

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: “I think it’s fairly safe to assume that was hyperbole.”

6. Health care

March 24, 2017 (To reporters in Oval Office)

Trump says he’s “moving on” from health care: “We will probably be going right now for tax reform.”

Tuesday (Fox Business interview)

“We have to do health care first.”

7. Tax reform

February 23, 2017 (CNBC interview)

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: “We want to get this done by the August recess.”

Wednesday (Fox Business interview)

“By putting a deadline, they say, ‘Oh, Trump didn’t make it…. I don’t wanna put deadlines.”

8. James Comey

July 5 (Twitter)

“FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem”

January 24

Trump asks Comey to stay on as FBI director.

Wednesday (Fox Business interview)

He said it was too late to fire him for not supporting his wiretapping claims. “We’ll see what happens. You know, it’s going to be interesting.”

9. Russia

2016 campaign

Trump repeatedly defended Putin and praised his strong leadership in contrast to Obama’s “weak” leadership.

Wednesday (New York Times)

“I think it’s a very sad day for Russia because they’re aligned, and in this case, all information points to Syria that they did this.”

 


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