President Donald Trump and the First Lady traveled to Atlanta Wednesday to speak at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. Following the First Lady’s remarks, President Trump also delivered a speech, but it was far different from what many attendees may have expected.
Throughout his speech, the President interrupted his prepared remarks to do what he does best: embellish.
“We will not solve this epidemic overnight,” the President told attendees, mostly experts and stakeholders in battling prescription drug and opioid abuse. “But we will stop…” the President said, literally stopping.
Trump paused, his hand still in the air.
“There’s just nothing going to stop us,” he clearly ad-libbed. “No matter how you cut it. I know some of the people in this room. Nothing stops you,” he said, pointing to the room.
“Nothing stops you, I can tell you,” he said, pointing to a different section of attendees.
“We will never stop, until our job is done,” Trump told the audience, apparently in a live update to his written speech. “And then maybe we’ll have to find something new. And I hope that’s going to be soon, but we will succeed. We have results that are unbelievable,” he added.
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Despite claiming “unbelievable” results, Trump embellished again, claiming the opioid crisis is even worse than the numbers say it is:
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He then touted the unemployment numbers, saying that all his results are the “best everything” – embellishing yet again. Seconds later, speaking about former inmates getting jobs, he said they’re doing great. “Not all, but there’s nothing all about any of us.”
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Trump later touted his wall, which he promised Mexico would pay for, but apparently forgot. He also insisted he will build almost 400 miles of wall, despite Congress refusing to fund it. According to the President, the wall is being built right now, and it’s “probably ahead of schedule,” which is false.
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Vox’s Aaron Rupar, who posted these clips and watched the President’s speech, offered this response:
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