For now, the state of possible discussions Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea had is difficult to discern. The summit was scheduled for June 12, until President Trump canceled the meeting last week in a weirdly worded letter he wrote the North Korean dictator.
“The Failing @nytimes quotes ‘a senior White House official,’ who doesn’t exist, as saying ‘even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the lack of time and the amount of planning needed.’ WRONG AGAIN! Use real people, not phony sources.”
As usual, Trump was ridiculously wrong. His administration organized a meeting last week for reporters, and the article in Times quoted a presidential aide. This was weird, even for Trump: he was accusing the media of making up an existing figure of his National Security Council, who talked to journalists about an important issue.
Audio proof exists of the meeting the President claims did not happen.
This was far from the first time Donald Trump accused major news outlets of falsifying sources for big stories, but why he thinks like this is fascinating.
He probably thinks this way due to his habit of quoting imaginary people.
For example, Trump falsely claimed a couple weeks ago that construction on his border wall is underway, and he spoke in great detail of behind-the-scenes discussions about the project that included him. From his speech’s transcript:
“We’re going to build the wall. You know, we’ve already started. We got $1.6 billion. We’re fixing a lot of it. We’re – in San Diego, so here’s what – here’s a case study. San Diego wants the wall. And I said to my people, ‘Here’s the bad news. If we give them the wall, we don’t have an advocate. If we don’t give them the wall they’re going to be putting a lot of pressure on Governor Moonbeam in California, right?’ But you know what I did? Something I would normally not do, which means in life I’m getting nicer as I get older. I said, ‘Let’s build the wall for San Diego.’ So we’re building them the wall. I shouldn’t have done it.
“Actually I, sort of, changed my mind after we started. I called my people, I said, ‘How much would it cost to stop building the wall in San Diego so they go out and advocate for us because they’re desperate for their wall. Because they don’t like people running over their front yards and all of the problems, including by the way massive amounts of crime?’ I said, ‘How much would it cost to stop’ – I’m in the construction business, it’s what I do best.
“They got back to me they said, ‘Sir, it will cost approximately $7 million to stop.’ Now, that’s not big numbers when you hear about the numbers we talk about, $7 million to stop and restart it at a later date. I said, ‘I can’t do that to the American people. Keep building the wall.’ Right?”
Nothing he said makes sense. He isn’t building his wall in San Diego; the city has not requested that he build it there; millions of dollars wouldn’t be necessary to halt construction that hasn’t begun.
Like Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star put it, “[I]t’s not just that he’s lied about the views of a city and lied about the state of a government project. To make those lies seem more real, he has then invented an entire imaginary exchange between himself and other people.”
Yes, exactly. Trump made up discussions that didn’t occur, just like he has since his presidency began.