1/ Trump imposed sanctions on Russian organizations and individuals in retaliation for interference in the 2016 presidential election and other "malicious" cyberattacks. The Treasury Department said the cyberattacks are "the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history," having caused billions of dollars in damage in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. (New York Times / Washington Post / Bloomberg)
Like most of what comes out of his ignorant mouth, he makes it up. I’m not at all surprised, after all he’s just a con man, though getting one to admit this is a bit unusual.
It’s not as if we expect our president to know everything, but that’s generally why they have advisers…so they don’t make public fools of themselves.
The problem is that Trump is doing EXACTLY what he said he would do- run America like a business. Lying about “facts” for negotiations is a common business tactic. He thinks he is showing off how “smart” and “business savvy” he is by admitting he is lying.
Worst part is, a lot of pro-Trumpers absolutely applaud that tactic- after all they did elect him to run America like a business.
Facts cannot be made up. Facts are what is real and what is true. If it’s not a fact, it is either an opinion, or a LIE. So Matt, if you’re going to use the phrase “made up facts” please put it in quotation marks like I just did. Or just call it a lie. Because really, you can’t make this shit up. Or can you?
The phrasing was specific and intentional. He made up facts for something he didn’t know the truth about. By definition, that’s not lying – he didn’t intentionally make a false statement because he didn’t know if it was false, or not! Fiction? Falsehood? Fib? Fabrication? Untruth? Sure, but I thought saying “made up facts” was just easier to understand.
And this is entirely beside the points: it’s not even a lie. Canada’s own agency reports that they run at a surplus!
More from the Times on this story. I feel like a fucking wack job posting this shit but it’s so fucking scary important.
That would suggest that at least three separate Russian cyberoperations were underway simultaneously. One focused on stealing documents from the Democratic National Committee and other political groups. Another, by a St. Petersburg “troll farm” known as the Internet Research Agency, used social media to sow discord and division. A third effort sought to burrow into the infrastructure of American and European nations.
“From what we can see, they were there. They have the ability to shut the power off. All that’s missing is some political motivation,” Mr. Chien said.