During an Oval Office meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, President Donald Trump gave rambling and outrageous comments to the press about a wide range of subjects.
Here are just five of the wildest things he said in the meeting:
1. “Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth.”
Trump said he could “win” the war in Afghanistan by simply committing genocide against the entire population.
“If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week,” he said. “I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.”
2. “I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico.”
Asked about the political tumult in Puerto Rico, Trump lashed out at the embattled governor and, unprompted, at the San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Cruz has in the past been deeply critical of the Trump administration’s bungled response to Hurricane Maria, which ended up killing an estimated 3,000 people. While Trump said Monday that his administration “helped them with their hurricane problem,” an analysis from Politico found that the federal government did much more to support Texas in the weeks prior to Maria as it was slammed by an earlier hurricane than it did to provide assistance to Puerto Rico.
3. “Look, I had my best numbers recently and it’s because of the economy and what I’ve done for the African-American.”
Trump deflected questions about his racist attacks on Democratic congresswomen by erroneously taking credit for the unemployment rate in black communities.
“The African-Americans are doing better than they ever have in our country,” he said. “We’re creating numbers. Look at the poverty numbers. Look at the unemployment numbers – the best they’ve ever had.”
4. “Pakistan never lies.”
After criticizing Iran for lying, Trump bizarrely claimed that Pakistan never lies.
Of course, for Trump to hold forth on any government’s honestly is absurd on its face, given his non-stop lying. His deception is so egregious it even thwarted his administration’s plans to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
The claim about Pakistan never lying, however, is particularly odd given its history with Osama bin Laden. In 2011, bin Laden was discovered in a compound in Pakistan after being wanted by the United States for nearly a decade. While it remains unclear whether the highest levels of the government was aware of his presence, Pakistani officials have been less than forthcoming about how the circumstances arose.
5. He said American telecommunications companies are now pursuing 5G technology because he asked, “even if they don’t want to.”
Apparently, Trump thinks — or he at least expects viewers at home to think — that their phone companies are developing and employing 5G technology just because he asked them to.
Rudy Giuliani sneaked off to meet Ukrainian officials in Madrid about Biden conspiracy theories: report
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One of the key focuses of Giuliani's phone calls and in-person meetings was to try to dig up evidence that former Vice President Joe Biden acted improperly to remove a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating an energy company his son was invested in — which has been broadly discredited as conspiracy theories. He also tried to hunt for proof that Ukrainian officials colluded with Democrats to hurt Trump's campaign in 2016, a claim which is not supported by evidence.
At least eight prison officials knew Epstein wasn’t supposed to be left alone — but they did it anyway: report
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that at least eight staffers at the Bureau of Prisons were aware that arrested hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein could be a risk to himself if left unsupervised — raising further questions about why exactly guards left him to his own devices on the night that he allegedly hanged himself.
Investigators reportedly believe that at least some of these officials were aware that he had been left alone. It is unclear why nobody intervened, and the Justice Department is continuing with its investigation. Attorney General William Barr recently ordered the removal of the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons.
Russian disqualified from Tango competition for punching his partner
A Russian participant in the World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires has been disqualified for violence towards his partner, the organizers said Wednesday.
The incident happened after the duo, a husband and wife, took part in the semi-final of the competition on Tuesday in the Argentine capital.
Organizers condemned the assault plus "assisted the victim and made the decision to disqualify the dancer," said a source with the Championships who declined to be named.
Officials did not name the couple in order "to preserve the identity of the victim who declined to file a complaint."