Do I need to keep going on with this? Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Donald Trump, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. That was so many days ago, and more recently Trump’s occupational pratfalls have advanced to front and center. His determined effort to humiliate himself (also the American image in the process) has eclipsed his lack of familiarity with the truth.
Forge ahead I must. History awaits. Here is number 48:
48. Feb. 6, 2017 — Extended portion of Super Bowl interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly
The repeated claim about Iran: “We’ve already given them billions and billions, probably $150 billion.”
In fact: The U.S. did not give Iran $150 billion in the deal restricting Iran’s nuclear program. Rather, a smaller amount of frozen Iranian assets were unfrozen. The Treasury Department told Congress in 2015 that total Iranian assets in question were estimated at $100 billion to $125 billion; it put the “usable liquid assets” at around $50 billion. John Kerry, then the secretary of state, said Iran would get about $55 billion.
Daniel Dale’s list has since grown. As of 23 March the count was up to 143. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?
Until there is no skin left.