To a core question â did the U.S. killing of an Iranian general avoid an imminent attack on U.S. interests? â there is no definitive answer days after missiles flew. Trump and his officials said the U.S. attack achieved that result but have yet to prove it.
In other matters, Trump offered distortion across the breadth of public policy. He declared clean-air achievements when the air has become dirtier. He claimed to have come up with the âgreat ideaâ of letting veterans seek private care at public expense, when that was already law, accomplished by President Barack Obama.
He complained that he didnât get the Nobel Peace Prize for peace in Ethiopia, when he had little to nothing to do with it.
He invented a dialogue with a Democrat in Congress and claimed he succeeded on two fronts where other presidents failed, each time for at least 44 years, a made-up number.
And as he done repeatedly, but this time in the midst of dangerous brinkmanship with Iran, he falsely accused Obama of opening the U.S. treasury to Tehran and handing over a fortune. (...)
And as Congress decides whether it should deem Trumpâs abuses of power to be high crimes, surprisingly little attention has been given to the fact that Trumpâs entire career leading up to the presidency has consisted of habitual criminality.
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At a speech to the Economic Club of New York today, President Trump declared that his daughter, Ivanka, has personally created 14 million new jobs. The president announced this figure â so astonishingly ludicrous it would embarrass a Stalin-era pronouncement â and then repeated it twice more as the crowd applauded politely.
The entire U.S. economy has created fewer than 6 million new jobs since Trump took office. So Trump is crediting his daughter with having personally created more than 200 percent of all new jobs in the United States. This is like supply-side economics but for authoritarian nepotism.
The judge said the administrationâs central justification of a âsignificant increaseâ in complaints related to conscience violations âis flatly untrue. This alone makes the agencyâs decision to promulgate the rule arbitrary and capricious.â