Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the White House today and the world was treated (or more accurately mistreated) to yet another embarrassing encounter between Donald Trump and a foreign leader. While chatting with reporters in the Oval Office, Trump rambled from topic to topic as he so often does, touching on several subjects that have absolutely nothing to do with Mitsotakis or his country’s interests as related to the United States. At times, he conducted himself as if the Prime Minister weren’t even in the room.
After ranting about Iran and justifying his decision to assassinate Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani—a move which has drawn broad criticism from those concerned it could spark a war between the United States and the Islamic Republic—Trump reached deep into his big bag of absurd exaggerations and made one of his most ridiculous bragging remarks to date.
“We have a tremendous Greek population. Over 3 million people as I understand it. That’s fantastic. I really feel I know most of them. I think I know all of them, come to think of it,” Trump said with a straight face.
Apparently, his lying has progressed to the point where he now believes his delusional followers will actually believe him when he claims to know every single Greek American in every single state in the Union. The reality course is that there is nobody on this planet who knows every Greek-American, least of all Donald Trump.
Beyond the obvious lie, Trump also appears to have gotten his numbers wrong as usual. Census numbers from 2010 peg the number of Americans with full or partial Greek ancestry at just over 1.3 million. While that number has surely grown since then it’s still far short of the “3 million” Trump alludes to. In other words, he’s claiming that not only does he know every Greek-American, he knows Greek-Americans who don’t even exist.
Watch the clip below.
Trump on the Greek population in the United States: “We have a tremendous Greek population. Over 3 million people as I understand it. That’s fantastic. I really feel I know most of them. I think I know all of them, come to think of it.” pic.twitter.com/46qccoCqCl
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 7, 2020