Ever since he first announced he would run for office, President Donald Trump has been at war with facts and the truth, preferring his own version of reality to the one accepted by the rest of us. This has led some to suggest that the president is a pathological liar.
But according to Trump in a new interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC News, he always tries to be honest with the American people:
“I try. I do try. And I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth. And sometimes it turns out to be where something happens that’s different or there’s a change, but I always like to be truthful.”
.@jonkarl asked Pres. Trump whether he has ‘always been truthful’ to the American people:
“When I can, I tell the truth. And sometimes it turns out to be where something happens that’s different or there’s a change, but I always like to be truthful.” https://t.co/OFtEsx7q2U pic.twitter.com/Iya55Uy3Ih
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 1, 2018
Yet in the very next breath, Trump resorted to lying about the immigrant caravan from Central America that he claims is preparing to “invade” the United States:
“You have caravans coming up that look a lot larger than it’s reported actually. I’m pretty good at estimating crowd size. And I’ll tell you they look a lot bigger than people would think.
“It’s a lot of young people, lot of young men – they are pushing the women right up to the front – not good – and the kids right up to the front.”
The president also doubled down on a lie being told by him and many Republicans seeking reelection: That they plan to protect Obamacare and those with pre-existing health conditions:
“Democrats are going to do is destroy our entire healthcare and you’re not going to have any health care. You would destroy the country. You are not going to have health care. The Democrats are going to literally – you’ll have to pay three times the taxes and they’ll destroy health care as we know it in this country. You won’t have preexisting conditions. You won’t have anything.”
Trump tries to tell the truth when he can? Quite clearly, he isn’t trying very hard.
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