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White House Confesses Trump Lied About Something Big

If you’re going to spend a good deal of time belaboring the point that others are less than truthful, it’s a good idea to make sure your own standards are in check in that regard. Failure to do that can make you look like a hypocrite, and it can also make your claims of falsehoods by others tough to take at face value. As the New York Times shares, that’s the situation our commander-in-chief finds himself in right about now.

As with many of president Donald Trump’s problems since the time he took up residence in the White House, the wounds from this one are self-inflicted. A pair of recent statements that he has made have drawn some scrutiny, and they’re not passing the smell test upon closer inspection.

“I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful,” he said in one statement.

“Even the president of Mexico called me,” Trump said in the other statement. “They said their southern border — very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment.”

While neither statement seem like that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, both the leader of the Boy Scouts and the Mexican president have denied making such statements. As you would expect, the press wanted to know why. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had to deal with that.

“I wouldn’t say it was a lie - that’s a pretty bold accusation,” Sanders said. “The conversations took place, they just simply didn’t take place over a phone call, they happened in person.”

Sanders has done a fine job during her time as press secretary. While defending the president comes with the territory, there’s no need for her to have to extend the effort to defend him over avoidable missteps. Michael D’Antonio has written a biography about Trump, and he alleges this has been a problem throughout his life.

“He’s been lying his whole life, almost reflexively, and it’s almost as if he finds it more satisfying and easier than to speak with precision,” he said. “When he was a kid, he lied about whether he hit a home run or not, and when he was a young man, he lied about how tall Trump Tower is — how many floors it is and the actual floors in feet — and he lied about which beautiful women were interested in him.”

Trump addressed his proclivity for tall tales in his book “The Art of the Deal,” but he has a different way of seeing it.

“People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular,” he wrote. “I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.”

Fair enough, but there’s a difference between salesmanship and blatantly stretching the truth. If you continually bemoan that the press spreads ‘fake’ news about you, it’s probably a good idea to stop feeding them so much ammunition to use as real news that paints you in a negative light.

Source: The New York Times, Inquisitr
Photo: Opposing Views

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