1. “I could be the most popular person in Europe. I could be — I could run for any office if I wanted to, but I don’t want to.” January 2 (Cabinet Meeting)
The President celebrated the new year with a 90+ minute Cabinet meeting — and cameras were rolling the entire time. He answered question after question as his Cabinet sat silently.
2. “President Obama fired him and, essentially, so did I. I want results.” January 2 (Cabinet Meeting)
Trump is talking about former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in protest in the wake of Trump’s decision to pull US troops out Syria. Trump didn’t “essentially” fire him. At all.
3. “We’re talking about sand and death. That’s what we’re talking about.” January 2 (Cabinet Meeting)
The President of the United States offers his thoughts on Syria.
4. “I had a meeting at the Pentagon with lots of generals — they were like from a movie, better looking than Tom Cruise and stronger — and I had more generals than I’ve ever seen.” January 2 (Cabinet Meeting)
This is so revealing. All of life is a casting call for Trump. These generals were good because they were good looking and strong. Even more than Tom Cruise!
5. “I said, this is the greatest room I’ve ever seen. I — I saw more computer boards than, I think, that they make today.” January 2 (Cabinet Meeting)
6. “I’m a professional at technology.” January 10 (South Lawn)
7. “When during the campaign I would say, ‘Mexico’s going to pay for it,’ obviously I never said this and I never meant they’re going to write out a check.” January 10 (South Lawn)
This is a clear-as-day attempt to rewrite history by Trump during an impromptu news conference on his way to the southern border. He repeatedly said that Mexico would need to make a distinct $5 billion or $10 billion payment to the United States for the wall. And when he asked crowds at his rallies in 2016 who was going to pay for the wall, they shouted back “Mexico!” not “Mexico by way of theoretical gains we will make as a result of a restructured international trade deal!” I mean, come on.
8. “The buck stops with everybody.” January 10 (South Lawn)
Is that how that goes? The buck stops with everybody? (Remember: Trump hardly ever takes the blame for anything — especially the things that are his fault.)
9. “Well, I haven’t actually left the White House in months.” January 15 (Jeanine Pirro interview)
He had, actually. Lots of times. Hell, he was in McAllen, Texas, two days before he said this.
10. “I would, I don’t with care. I mean, I had a conversation like every president does. You sit with the president of various countries. I do it with all countries.” January 15 (Pirro interview)
Pirro asks Trump here whether he would be willing to “release the conversation that you had with President (Vladimir) Putin in Helsinki.” Here’s the thing: He can’t do that because, per The Washington Post, “there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years.”