November 10, 2018

President Trump arrived in France Friday to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I and meet with world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron. Moments after landing, Trump tweeted an attack on Macron's recent proposal to create a "true European army."

NATO members are required to devote 2 percent of GDP to defense spending, but most do not keep that promise, which has long been a point of contention for Trump.

Macron argued in a radio interview Tuesday that Europe must "protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States of America." An unnamed senior French official told CNN Trump took Macron's words out of context, and that Macron will likely respond directly to the rebuke sometime Saturday. Bonnie Kristian

November 3, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Friday asked the Justice Department to investigate a Kentucky woman named Judy Munro-Leighton for making a false accusation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Munro-Leighton reportedly admitted in a phone conversation with the committee that she lied about being the author of an anonymous accusation letter against Kavanaugh. The letter, sent when Kavanaugh was a nominee, was actually penned by Christine Blasey Ford, who later gave congressional testimony about her allegations.

Grassley's message said Munro-Leighton also admitted she has never met Kavanaugh; "just wanted to get attention;" and that her assault claim "was just a ploy." Kavanaugh has denied all accusations.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted about Munro-Leighton's decision to recant:

Trump's tweet, which never mentions Munro-Leighton's name, suggests her deception had a far more significant impact on Kavanaugh's nomination than it did. Unlike allegations from Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, her claims were not publicized during the nomination process. Bonnie Kristian

October 20, 2018

This whole immigration mess could be solved in a matter of minutes, President Trump claimed on Twitter Saturday morning, if those pesky Democrats would just do what he wants:

In past negotiations about specific immigration reform proposals, Trump has proven mercurial, taking a variety of rapidly changing and inconsistent positions and drawing critique even from within his own party.

Several additional Saturday tweets saw Trump endorsing a pair of GOP candidates for the midterm elections. He praised Ron DeSantis, the would-be Republican successor to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and also backed Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his gubernatorial race. Kemp is embroiled in controversy surrounding his "exact match" system of maintaining voter registrations. The president claimed both men's electoral opponents would "destroy" their respective states. Bonnie Kristian

October 14, 2018

As the old saying goes, your wedding should include something old, something new, something borrowed, and a factually fuzzy tweet from President Trump.

Britain's Princess Eugenie, ninth in line for the crown, wed Jack Brooksbank Friday with all due pomp and circumstance. Trump tweeted congratulations to her Sunday, apparently referencing her childhood surgery to correct scoliosis in a post that got the wedding date wrong:

Details aside, Eugenie now joins an elite club people the president has dubbed "total winners," which would probably mean more were she not already in an elite club called "royalty." Quarterback Tom Brady may be the group's leader based on frequency of declarations alone, but naturally total winners also include first daughter Ivanka Trump and, by way of a quote tweet, the president himself. Bonnie Kristian

September 25, 2018

President Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are both in New York on U.N. business this week, but Rouhani has made it clear he does not want to meet his American counterpart.

"Naturally, if someone is keen on having a meeting and holding dialogue and creating progress in relationships, that person would not use the tool of sanctions and threats [and bring] to bear all of its power against another government and nation," Rouhani said Monday. "That means that the necessary willpower is absent in order to resolve outstanding issues." Tehran has consistently refused talks with the Trump administration since the president withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, labeling Trump an "untrustworthy" diplomatic partner.

A day after Rouhani's remarks, Trump on Twitter claimed he'd rejected Rouhani's request for a meeting:

This forlorn effort to save face was undercut by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement on NBC's Meet the Press just two days ago that Trump has "been pretty clear" he is "happy to talk with" Iran "at any time." Bonnie Kristian

September 15, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Friday night redoubled his Thursday denial of the estimated 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico attributable to Hurricane Maria. He quoted a Washington Post story — an article declaring his initial claim false — to note that officials told him the death toll was just 16 when he visited the island territory last year:

Contrary to the suggestion of the president's second post, the research method that produced the larger figure is not novel. The study counts "excess mortality" during the storm and in its aftermath, tallying deaths that would not have occurred under normal conditions. Many of these deaths were due to secondary effects of the hurricane (like power outages or medicine shortages) rather than direct effects (like flooding or building collapse).

The "researchers did not, contrary to [the president's] claim, attribute any specific individual’s death to Maria," the Post story Trump referenced explained. "Given the methodology, there was not an opportunity to misclassify someone who died of old age, as Trump suggested" Thursday. Indeed, "[h]ad the GWU researchers done what Trump claimed they did — attributing any death to Maria — the six-month death toll from the hurricane would have been 16,608." Bonnie Kristian

September 8, 2018

Apple will have to raise prices in response to President Trump's escalating trade war with China, the company said in a letter Friday, with hikes affecting products including the Apple Watch, AirPods, Apple Pencil, HomePod, and a number of chargers and other accessories. Trump responded on Twitter Saturday morning with an idea for an "easy" fix:

The president made clear the previous day he has no intention of backing away from his aggressive protectionism despite, as the Apple letter put it, concerns "that the U.S. will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower U.S. growth and competitiveness and higher prices for U.S. consumers."

A new package of tariffs targeting another $200 billion in Chinese exports to America "could take place very soon depending on what happens," Trump said Friday, as could an additional set of taxes on $267 billion in goods. "That totally changes the equation," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. Bonnie Kristian

September 2, 2018

President Trump is pleased with his sometime (quick) golf buddy, Tiger Woods.

Last Sunday, the pro golfer offered a tepid non-condemnation of Trump, saying "we all must respect the office" of the president, and then dodged a question about race relations by explaining he was "really hungry." This Sunday, Trump posted a tweet about it which also listed his other black friends:

West has repeatedly expressed enthusiasm for Trump; Foreman has dubbed Trump a "good president;" and both Foreman and Brown have taken the president's side in his beef with pro athletes who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism. (Dennis Rodman no doubt feels left out.)

In a second post, Trump repeated his frequent claim to have pushed the black unemployment rate to record lows:

African-American unemployment has actually been "steadily declining since March 2010," when it was 16.8 percent, Fortune writes, and "while Trump was in office, it decreased by one point — keeping up a trend that had already been in place." Bonnie Kristian

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