FACT: Donald Trump is a wildly promiscuous liar. Trump lies routinely, about everything. He also has disturbing authoritarian tendencies, which is a major disqualification for the presidency.
Every week, various journalists have tried to tally up his lies, inevitably giving up and settling for incomplete summaries. To help you keep track of the truth, we’ve consulted PolitiFact and listed the biggest lies from this week of the Trump’s administration.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer started the week by falsely claiming that Hitler never used chemical weapons against his own people, referring to genocidal concentration camps as mere “Holocaust centers.” In reality, Hitler killed millions of European Jews with poison gas, trapping them first in chambers. Spicer has since apologized for his comments.
Then Trump continued his lying streak:
1) Trump lied about his relationship with Steve Bannon.”Before the presidential campaign, I didn’t know Steve (Bannon).” – Donald Trump said on Tuesday in media comments, referring to Steve Bannon, the White House aide and strategist.
This statement is contradicted by Trump’s own words, and independent reporting from The Washington Post and RealClearPolitics, among other outlets. Trump first met Bannon in 2011 in Trump Tower, according to The New York Times. The real estate mogul was already pondering a presidential campaign, and Bannon was reportedly one of the first people he brainstormed with. He appeared on Bannon’s radio show a total of nine times, so they didn’t meet just “late in the campaign” as Trump claimed.
We rate this claim: False.
2) Trump’s Position on NATO… Changed. During a White House press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, President Trump declared publicly that he no longer thinks the U.S.-European alliance is “obsolete.” That’s a big departure from comments he made on ABC’s This Week in March of last year, when he said, “I think NATO’s obsolete.” But at a press conference this week, Trump changed his opinion, saying, “I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete,” citing changes in NATO counterterrorism policy as what led him to change his mind.
We rate the change of position as a: Full Flop.
4) As a candidate, Trump repeatedly promised that he would declare China “a currency manipulator” immediately after he took office. Twelve weeks into his presidency, his mindset has apparently changed. On Wednesday, he theorized that his business acumen was the catalyst causing the US dollar rise too quickly. “I think our dollar is getting too strong, and partially that’s my fault because people have confidence in me,” Trump said.
Of course, that’s a lie. In reality, U.S. stocks continue to fluctuate. The Australian reported the dollar has lost around 60% of its gains since the post-election peak in January peak, because of reported “doubts that the administration will be able to deliver” on economic proposals.
We rate this: Promise Broken, and a Lie.
Trump’s version of truth is multiple truths, the only consistent element of which is Trump himself is always, by definition, correct, even when he is wrong.