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Trump’s Defense of His Lies: ‘I’m President and You’re Not’

Donald Trump. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

It is remarkable — and perhaps praiseworthy — that Donald Trump gave a long and detailed interview on the subject of his being a pathological liar. The interview, with Time’s Michael Scherer, covers a wide range of Trump’s lies, and features many of his own justifications for them. The truly revealing moment of the interview comes at the end, when Trump gives up the game. “But isn’t there, it strikes me there is still an issue of credibility,” asks Scherer, referencing Trump’s hallucinatory claims to have been surveilled by his predecessor, which his own intelligence officials have refuted. Trump rambles through various talking points, and lands on this conclusion: “I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not.”

Пы.Сы.Даже самые отъявленные лжецы были скромнее, а это  чмо гробит страну.

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Sweden has no idea what Trump meant when he said, ‘You look at what’s happening … in Sweden’

If you believe the media in Sweden, Friday night was relatively uneventful. Among the most noteworthy headlines in the country were reports that a popular Swedish singer had technical problems during a music competition.

But if you listened to President Trump on Saturday, it seemed as if something happened Friday night in Sweden that deserved the attention of the world. However, nobody knew what that might be, least of all the Swedes.

A spokeswoman for the Swedish Foreign Ministry told the Associated Press on Sunday that authorities were not aware of any “terror-linked major incidents” that occurred Friday night in Sweden. According to the spokeswoman, the Swedish Embassy in Washington has asked the State Department to clarify Trump's remarks.

Trump himself later attempted to clarify the remarks, tweeting: “My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”

He was probably referring to a Tucker Carlson interview with Ami Horowitz. The filmmaker has blamed refugees for a purported crime wave in Sweden and alleged that authorities are trying to cover up the incidents.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, addressing the matter on Sunday, told reporters that Trump “was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general and not referring to a specific incident.”

Trump's new tweet came after speculation over the incident he referred to had circulated on social media for nearly a day. Although he did not explicitly say it, his remarks were widely perceived as suggesting that an attack occurred Friday night in Sweden. “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt said on Twitter.

Others reacted by posting photos of how they believe Sweden really looked Friday night, using the hashtag #LastNightInSweden.

The White House already faced criticism this month after it included an incident in the Swedish city of Malmo on its list of allegedly underreported terrorist attacks. In October, arson caused smoke damage at an Iraqi community center in Malmo. A judge, however, ruled that there was no evidence that the incident was a “terror attack” — months before the White House released the list that referred to the incident.

Sweden took in more refugees per capita than any other country in Europe at the height of the migrant influx in 2015. The country has long viewed itself as having a moral obligation to take in refugees from war-torn countries. But Sweden reached its limits as other European Union neighbors refused to fulfill their commitments.

The influx of refugees has not come without problems in Sweden, but mainstream politicians and immigration experts say the criticism has been disproportionate. In summer 2016, Swedish embassies were tasked to counter rumors or false information about Sweden's experience with taking in large numbers of immigrants.

Speaking Friday, one day before Trump made his remarks, Henrik Selin of the Swedish Institute said there are “people whose political agenda suggests they would like to tell the story of countries not being able to receive that many refugees, who seem to want to exaggerate problems,” according to Radio Sweden.

Although Sweden views itself as increasingly isolated in regard to its pro-immigration stance, the country found widespread support on social media Sunday. “Dear @realDonaldTrump,” Alexander Stubb, a former prime minister of Finland, tweeted. “Sweden is immigration friendly, international & liberal. One of the most prosperous, richest, safest places on earth.”

And a country with relatively calm Friday nights, it seems.

Jenna Johnson contributed to this report.


Trump calls attention to unidentified event in Sweden

 P.S. У меня впечатление, что живем без президента. Никакой логики в поведении, никакого желания слушать, исправлять ошибки, только желание быть великим... идиотом.


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President Trump returned to Melbourne, Fla., for a campaign-style rally on Feb. 18. (Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post)

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This is it: My last one.

As I put the final touches on my State of the Union address, I can't help but look back on the last seven years. We've traveled a long road together. The people I've met. The stories you've shared. That's what lives at the heart of the remarkable progress we've made together.

More than 14 million jobs, nearly 18 million people now with health coverage -- together, we've pulled ourselves out of yesterday's crisis to put us on a stronger course for tomorrow.

But tonight, I don't want to focus on our past. I want to focus on the future we can build together. I hope you'll tune in.

There's no question: Our country faces some big challenges right now.

But after seven years as your president, I've never been more optimistic about what we can accomplish together. We've come back from tough times stronger than before. We've shown the world that we're not afraid of the future, we're ready to lead it.

That's what makes America great. That's who we are. And that's what's going to be on my mind as I head over to speak to Congress and to you.

Я от всего сердца желаю жителям России, наконец-то, услышать прощальное слово от своего назначенного начальника и как можно скорее. Конечно, результат будет не таким, совсем не таким, но пусть уж исчезнет.
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