We know Trump lies all of the time, but this is just getting ridiculous.
Courtesy of Axios:
The Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale points out:
On March 20, during the Crown Prince’s visit, Trump claimed the Saudi purchases of U.S. weapons he arranged would generate “over 40,000 jobs in the United States.”
Last Saturday, Oct. 13, when Trump was asked if he’s considering punishing Saudi Arabia for murdering Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump mentioned the same arms deal as the reason he was reluctant to stop the arms sales. That time, he said the deal created 450,000 jobs.
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, during a Fox Business interview, Trump inflated the statistic to 500,000 jobs.
On Friday, at lunchtime during a water rights memorandum signing, Trump increased the jobs number to 600,000.
A few hours later, on Friday evening at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, Trump said the deal was worth 600,000 jobs for the military but “over a million jobs” in total.
The bottom line: From which source did Trump get these rapidly inflating statistics? I asked the White House press office. No response by deadline.
So Trump inflates the number of jobs associated with his Saudi arms deal from “over 40,000” to “over one million” in seven months time and everybody just goes along with it?
What’s more, even the amount the Saudis were supposed to spend on these weapons seems to have been exaggerated.
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump says he doesn’t want a $110 billion arms deal he brokered with Saudi Arabia to unravel over allegations the Gulf kingdom murdered a journalist at its consulate in Turkey.
But his comments are missing the mark on a key fact: Saudi Arabia has so far only followed through on $14.5 billion in purchases.
The deal brokered last year between the US and Saudi Arabia was merely a memorandum of intent to fulfill nearly $110 billion in arms sales over the next 10 years. As of yet, Saudi Arabia has only signed letters of offer and acceptance — official purchase agreements that have either already been approved by Congress or in the process of being approved — for $14.5 billion in purchases, according to a Pentagon official.
And keep in mind that this “amazing” deal is supposedly why Trump has been so hesitant to blame the Saudis for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
And of course, the whole thing is bullshit.