In today’s press conference, President Donald Trump told a multitude of lies. Among them was the claim that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave Russia 20% of America’s uranium. Of course, this is not the first time that Trump has made these allegations.
Trump’s comments were part of a larger terrifying and nonsensical rant that has to be seen to be believed:
Of course, Trump was incorrect in his rambling description of the “Clinton uranium deal,” a conspiracy theory he’s been repeating since the campaign.
Politifact explains that while Clinton was head of the State Department, Rosatom, Russia’s atomic agency, bought a controlling stake in the Toronto-based mining corporation Uranium One. Uranium One controlled around 20% of America’s current capacity for uranium production. NOT 20% of all of America’s uranium. Russia does not even have the licenses to export this uranium, so the uranium it mines in America stays in America.
Uranium is considered a resource that is important to national defense, so the deal had to be approved by various government agencies before allowing a foreign government to receive a controlling share of Uranium One. NBC reports that nine government agencies were involved in the approval process for the Rosatom-Uranium One deal, including Clinton’s State Department.
However, Clinton did not have the final say. Eight other government agencies also thought that the deal was acceptable and did not threaten American security interests. At the time, the government was most concerned about the deal making America reliant on imported uranium from foreign countries. Ultimately, it was decided that America would be fine, so the deal went ahead.
President Trump’s rant is extremely disturbing. His mind jumps from subject to subject without any kind of nuance or organization, a jumbled mass of aggressive emotion and delusional falsehoods, proving once again that he is entirely unfit to lead this nation.
It’s day 27, and Trump still hasn’t gone 24 hours without being a national disgrace.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.