According to The Washington Post's Fact Checker, U.S. President Donald Trump is officially a liar. The fact checking section of the news organization has documented 4,229 false or misleading claims made by Trump since becoming president - an average of 7.6 a day.
Now, his claim he did not know about the payments his former attorney Michael Cohen made to porn star Stormey Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal has officially been declared a flat-out "lie." Cohen is facing a 3-5 year jail sentence for federal campaign finance violations, in which he has implicated Trump as a co-conspirator under oath.
Glenn Kessler explained on Wednesday that his team "has been hesitant" to accuse Trump of lying, "as it is difficult to document whether the president knows he is not telling the truth" or not, but in this case all doubt has been removed, especially as Trump's varying statements have been taped by reporters.
Trump was caught on in April 2018 clearly saying he did not know about the payment to Stormy Daniels - an assertion he contradicted in a Wednesday interview with "Fox and Friends." White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, despite the evidence, denied Trump has ever lied.
Trump responded, incensed over a deal his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen cut with prosecutors, says it might be better if “flipping” were illegal because people “just make up lies.”
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Trump, in a television interview that aired Thursday, downplayed his relationship to Cohen, who claims the president directed a hush-money scheme to buy the silence of two women who say they had affairs with him. The president argued Cohen only worked for him part-time and accused him of making up stories to reduce his legal exposure.
“I know all about flipping,” Trump told “Fox and Friends,” which taped the interview with him Wednesday at the White House. “For 30, 40 years I’ve been watching flippers. Everything’s wonderful and then they get 10 years in jail and they — they flip on whoever the next highest one is, or as high as you can go.”