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Trump's Biggest Whoppers


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Trump repeats his false claim that people are being tested getting on and off planes. Just not happening. Airlines and airports have no idea what he's talking about.
 
This is significant not only because the president is saying things that aren't true but because he's using this imaginary testing to justify not taking action to limit plane travel.
 
6:29 PM · Apr 6, 2020·Twitter Web Client
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President Trump just asked an Asian reporter, who asked a question about China, if she is working for China. When she said she works for a Hong Kong newspaper, he asked if it is owned by China. No, she told him.
 
The reporter asked a question about whether Trump is willing to work with China on the issue of medical supplies. Trump interrupted her and spoke about the trade deal. He didn’t answer her question.
 
6:33 PM · Apr 6, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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President Trump is now lashing out at @jonkarl saying he is a "third rate" reporter. Trump angrily said to him, "You will never make it."
 
Note: Jon Karl is asking about a federal IG report that found hospitals across the country face dire shortages of vital medical equipment.
 
6:39 PM · Apr 6, 2020·Twitter Web App
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Not the biggest deal right now, but there continues to be a lack of collective action problem in the press corps when it comes to Trump. When he speaks like that to @jonkarl, the other reporters in the room need to call it out, in real time, as counterproductive, offensive, etc...
 
6:48 PM · Apr 6, 2020·TweetDeck
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Technically there is no inspector general for HHS. Christi Grimm became principal deputy earlier this year. She took over for Joanne Chiedi, the acting IG who retired. Chiedi replaced Dan Levinson, former IG who resigned. All of that distracts from what the report actually says.
 
6:50 PM · Apr 6, 2020·Twitter Web App
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Trump’s reflex is to attack the Inspector General, but all the IG did was talk to hospital officials and recount their horrific experiences dealing with shortages, expired equipment from the federal stockpile, inconsistent government guidance, and financial catastrophe.
 
6:50 PM · Apr 6, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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Trump's idea of journalism is that reporters should congratulate him and ask only "positive" questions: "You should say congratulations, great job, instead of being so horrid in the way you ask a question."
 
By the way, this is the question Trump considered "horrid": "Testing is still a big issue in this country. When can hospitals expect to receive a quick turn-around of test results?"
 
6:49 PM · Apr 6, 2020·TweetDeck
 
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Today revealed a lot about Trump's view of government. Without knowing the identity of the HHS deputy IG, he assumed they were a secret partisan, out to get him, because the IG's report told a damning story on hospital shortages. He also assumed the IG was a man -- she's a woman.
 
6:57 PM · Apr 6, 2020·Twitter Web App
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