President Trump will reach his 100th day in office as the least productive president in history. Even President Harrison managed to get his entire cabinet confirmed and visit every federal department before dying 31 days into his administration, which Trump has yet to do.
So an extremely thirsty President Trump is taking every opportunity he can to try to convince the public that he has been anything but an abject failure – even if it involves openly lying.
Trump just told the Associated Press that he had helped save more than $725 million in the purchase of the new F-35 warplanes.
“Now there are 3,000 planes that are going to be ordered. On 90 planes I saved $725 million. It’s actually a little bit more than that, but it’s $725 million.
“Gen Mattis, who had to sign the deal when it came to his office, said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.’ We went from a company that wanted more money for the planes to a company that cut.
“And the reason they cut — same planes, same everything — was because of me. I mean, because that’s what I do.”
The fact-checkers at the Washington Post quickly set the record straight. “Trump, yet again, claims credit for decisions that were already made before he became president,” writes Michelle Ye He Lee.
The cost reduction had already been announced by Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan in December 2016 – before President Trump took office and before he publicly met with F-35 producer Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson in January.
It is the fourteenth time Trump has told this lie, according to the Washington Post.
Everything Trump has said he’s done, all the investment and the job creation and the tax dollars he’s “saved” are products of the work of others. We can’t allow him to succeed in duping the American people into believing he’s actually helping this nation when in reality he is driving it squarely into the ground.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.