Speaker of the House Nancy Pelsoi (D-CA) has had quite enough of President Donald Trump’s favorite fallback excuse, no matter the situation, and she’s turning it around in a way that’s certain to infuriate him.
According to NBC News, the most recent example of Trump dismissing a major scandal involving his administration is the allegation that Russia paid bounties to Taliban militants who killed U.S. service members in Afghanistan:
“In an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, Pelosi was asked how confident she is in the level of participation by Republicans in an upcoming intelligence briefing about the alleged Russian bounties when Trump has called the reports a hoax.”
The Speaker didn’t mince her words in response to Ruhle’s query:
“He’ll say this is a hoax, and it’s a hoax that they are 24/7 trying to disrupt our election as they did in 2016. He says the coronavirus is a hoax. The fact is the president himself is a hoax.”
Pelosi made her remarks before going into an intelligence briefing involving top Congressional leaders, also known as The Gang of Eight, adding:
“Let’s hope that the Gang of Eight shows up, open to hear the truth, the facts, the intelligence, and that ‘Moscow Mitch’ doesn’t show up, but the leader of the Republicans in the Senate comes with an open mind.”
Indeed, Trump does seem to use his “hoax” defense no matter the situation. Consider:
- Last year, when coronavirus first appeared in the U.S., Trump referred to the deadly disease as a “new hoax” cooked up by Democrats.
- Trump has repeatedly called the Russia election interference investigation a hoax.
And now with the Russian bounty revelations, the president is again referring to the entire matter as a hoax, tweeting out
The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
But the facts suggest otherwise, which is probably why Trump is trying so hard to dismiss the allegations. As with nearly everything involving Donald Trump, the opposite of what he says is usually much closer to reality.
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