The biggest impediment to progress for this presidency is Donald Trump’s refusal to stop lying in public and just generally not knowing when to keep his mouth shut.
One of the things he has a habit of doing is jumping on Twitter and making claims that are demonstrably false even when he has to know that the chances of his bluff being called are high. And of course the more angry you make people, the higher the chances that they’ll call your bluff when they get the chance.
Ok, so remember this morning, when Trump claimed that Bob Corker was set up by The New York Times and didn’t know he was being taped? Here’s the tweet:
Well, Mr. President, consider your bluff called. Here’s the New York Times (if you click on the article the actual audio is there).
President Trump claimed on Twitter today that The Times “set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation.”
Mr. Trump was referring to our interview Sunday with Mr. Corker, the Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in which he said Mr. Trump was recklessly tempting “World War III,” treating the presidency “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something” and required constant supervision by his own staff.
As the reporter who conducted the 25-minute telephone interview with Mr. Corker, I thought I would offer more insight about what actually transpired.
Far from being set up, Mr. Corker asked that I tape our conversation.
“I know they’re recording it, and I hope you are, too,” he said as two of his aides listened in on other lines, one of them also taping the interview.
End of story. Not only was the Times taping it, Corker was himself taping it.
Trump has been caught in yet another lie and he should have known this was going to happen. Now let’s see how he tries to spin this one.
And for anyone who missed it, here’s the rest of the audio from the interview:
— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) October 9, 2017