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Trump Tries Lying His Way Out Of Latest Scandal And People Are Fact-Checking Him Into Oblivion

Trump had a secret meeting with Vladimir Putin during a dinner at the G20 and nobody in the White House felt like that was something the American people deserved to know. In fact, they explicitly omitted the reportedly hour long discussion when providing a summary of Trump’s actions at the event. And because the White House severally restricted press access during the G20, the Washington Post only just learned about it through an outside source.

The dinner conversation with Putin was first reported Monday by Ian Bremmer, president of the New York-based Eurasia Group, in a newsletter to group clients. Bremmer said the meeting began “halfway in” to the meal and lasted “roughly an hour.” The senior official said it began with the dessert course, but did not comment on its length.

Government leaders mingling and talking isn’t uncommon – but Russia had recently illegally hacked America’s election and was now showing signs of exploiting Trump’s incompetence for geopolitical gain. Other leaders told Bremmer the conversation between the two men was extremely odd.

Leaders who witnessed the meeting were “bemused, nonplussed, befuddled” by the animated conversation, held in full view — but apparently not within listening distance — of others present, Bremmer said in a telephone conversation. He said he spoke with two participants at the dinner.

Trump and his staff are not saying what was discussed. Instead, the White House is pretending to be offended that people are upset about the cover-up. In a statement, the White House claimed the meeting was “brief,” and called reports about it “malicious.”

Trump, unable to restrain himself, grabbed his phone and began ranting on Twitter. It was a series of incoherent lies.

As even the most ignorant person might point out, the scandal wasn’t about the dinner – which was publicly announced – but the hour long side talk with Putin that Trump never mentioned. The Russian government has been identified as the culprit behind the hacking scandal that undermined the 2016 election. The same Russian government Trump’s son agreed to meet with to receive dirt on Hillary Clinton. (Trump has since admitted that he would have colluded with Russia if he were in Don Jr.’s shoes, which only adds to the surreal nature of his secret chat with Putin.)

Reporters and laypeople alike were ready to call bullshit on Trump’s obvious lies.

Trump’s favorite term is “fake news” precisely because he lies so often. Trump, screaming “fake news,” is passing along actual fake news to his followers. Luckily, people weren’t buying it.


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