Okay, she was kinda-sorta diplomatic about it, but still.
After Donald Trump blathered some nonsense about never, ever doing things for political reasons (really?), and claimed that he ran in one election (false) and won, and that he’s ahead of the 2020 field based on polls (wrong again), he said that Obama kicked Russia out of the G7 because he was “embarrassed” that Putin had taken Crimea on Obama’s watch.
“President Obama was not happy that this happened because it was embarrassing to him, and he wanted Russia to be out of what was called the G8. He was outsmarted by Putin, he was outsmarted. President Putin outsmarted President Obama.”
Unfortunately for Trump, Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, has a long-term memory, and she immediately called the pr*sident out on this oft-regurgitated statement.
“Why do you [keep repeating] the misleading statement that Russia outsmarted President Obama when other countries have said that the reason why Russia was kicked out was very clearly because they annexed Crimea. Why keep repeating what some people would see as a clear lie?”
WATCH: @Yamiche asks President Trump about his calls for Russia to rejoin the G-7, what the political impact might be and why he repeats a misleading statement that "Putin outsmarted" former President Obama. pic.twitter.com/Yjoc9Fv8HE
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) August 26, 2019
“Some people” (i.e., all people with a rudimentary grasp of reality) do see it as a clear lie. And yet Trump keeps repeating it.
Luckily, at least one member of the press is willing to challenge him over his rich fantasy life.
(Hey, I would have preferred “you’re lying your ass off again, and you look like a half-eaten creamsicle a raccoon buried in a sandbox 20 minutes ago,” but this is a start.)
More of this … please.