Donald Trump lied in his big interview slagging off Theresa May
Wheeeeeee! Donald Trump has punctured Theresa May’s inflatable Brexit blimp, killing her hopes for a US trade deal.
But for all his ranting about immigration, trade and Sadiq Khan, the President should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Hidden in his explosive six-page UK visit interview is at least one untruth so blatant you can spot it from the top of Trump Tower.
The US President boasted: "I predicted Brexit.
"I was cutting a ribbon for the opening of Turnberry [his Scottish golf resort] – you know they totally did a whole renovation, it is beautiful – the day before the Brexit vote.
"I said, ‘Brexit will happen’. The vote is going to go positive, because people don’t want to be faced with the horrible immigration problems that they are faced with in other countries.
"I said Brexit will happen, and I was right."
The world’s most powerful man either has a sieve memory, or he’s lying.
Donald Trump did not cut the ribbon at his golf course on the day before the Brexit vote, which happened on 23 June 2016.
It was the day after.
Donald Trump’s UK visit
And that’s not fake news. The President of the United States could have solved this problem with a quick Google.
He could have looked at ABC News, which said: "Trump touches down in Prestwick, Scotland on Friday [24 June] at 8.30am local time."
Or he could have looked at BBC News, which said: "He will fly out of New York with Britain still a member of the EU, and land into Prestwick with the country having potentially voted to withdraw."
Or he could look at his own statement to the press: "I look forward to attending the official opening of this great development on June 24th."
Or his own tweet, at 10.21am on June 24: "Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!"
And then there are the pictures.
Here’s Donald Trump landing at his golf course on June 24
Here’s Donald Trump getting out of the helicopter at his golf course on June 24
Here’s Donald Trump talking to the media at his golf course on June 24
Here’s Donald Trump strolling with Scottish bagpipers at his golf course on June 24
Here’s protester Lee Nelson who tried to disrupt the visit on June 24
You get the picture.
Donald Trump is right in one sense – he did predict Brexit.
He said in March 2016: "I think that Britain will separate from the EU.
"I think that maybe it’s time, especially in light of what’s happened with the craziness that is going on with immigration, with people pouring in all over the place I think that Britain will end up separating from the EU."
But those were emphatically not comments from his UK visit the day after the vote.
Instead he claimed Brexit was a "great thing" after it had already been voted for, adding: "Basically, they took back their country."
This may seem small in the grand scheme of things. But it’s only the latest example of Trump twisting the truth to fit his grand vision of himself.
How is he allowed to get away with it?
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