Trump Appears to Be Lying, Again, to Save His Own Ass
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Trump Appears to Be Lying, Again, to Save His Own Ass

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the G7 summit, Trump said Monday that China is ready to resume negotiations, which it indicated in a call Sunday night. “China called last night our top trade people and said, ‘Let’s get back to the table.’ So we will be getting back to the table and I think they want to do something,” Trump said from Biarritz. “They have been hurt very badly but they understand this is the right thing to do and I have great respect for it. This is a very positive development for the world. I think we are going to have a deal.” Indeed, that would be a positive development for the world, if it had actually happened. But according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, the phone calls did not in fact take place. “Regarding the phone call in the weekend, I am not aware of that,” he said at a news briefing on Monday afternoon, adding, “I can tell you clearly that I haven’t heard of such a thing.” When pressed on his side of the story, Trump refused to give any further details, which is totally what someone telling the truth would do. “I don’t want to talk about calls,” he said of the calls he’d cited as evidence of positive trade news just hours earlier. “We have had calls at the highest level, but I don’t want to talk about that. The vice chairman put out a statement last night that was a statement and saying that he wants to make a deal and he wants calm.” And while we would never suggest that the president was lying to give the markets hope after single-handedly tanking the Dow on Friday and then laughing about it, others are not so trusting. CNBC’s Jim Cramer, late of the claim “BEAR STEARNS IS FINE!” a week before the investment bank collapsed, told colleagues that he is “aghast [that] we trust the People’s Republic of China more than we trust the White House,” and that while “the predominance of coverage this morning is that the president is lying,” Cramer himself is “not willing to say that he’s lying.” And it’s true! It is pretty wild to think that we’re taking the word of China over that of the president of the United States. It would almost be unthinkable were it not for the fact that the president has literally told 12,019 “false claims and mistruths” between January 20, 2017, and August 5, 2019, clearly lied just this weekend about conversations with other foreign leaders, and has lied specifically about his trade deal with China in the past. Last December, he boasted to reporters that he’d struck an “incredible” trade deal with Chinese president Xi Jinping, a statement that completely blew up in his face less than 24 hours later. So you’d think he’d have learned his lesson here, but apparently not so much!

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