Trump answers 'when I can, I tell the truth' on being asked if he's always been honest as a president
Multiple fact-checkers, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning site Politifact, have consistently pointed out the falsehoods made by the American president.
President Donald Trump, who has been frequently criticized in the news for uttering falsehoods ever since he began his term, on Wednesday claimed that he tries to be truthful when he can.
"I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth," the Republican president said. He reportedly made the statement during an interview with ABC News' Jon Karl. "I remember, you remember well in the campaign, you made a promise. You said, 'I will never lie to you,'" Karl said to Trump. "So can you tell me now, honestly, have you kept that promise at all times? Have you always been truthful?"
The president responded to the question with: "Well I try. I mean, I do try. I think you try, too. You say things about me that are not necessarily correct. I do try, and I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth. I mean sometimes it turns out to be where something happens that's different or there's a change. But I always like to be truthful."
Multiple fact-checkers, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning site Politifact, have consistently pointed out the falsehoods made by the American president. According to The Washington Post's fact checker, Trump — in the first 100 days in the White House — had made at least 492 false claims.
.@jonkarl asked Pres. Trump whether he has "always been truthful" to the American people:— ABC News (@ABC) November 1, 2018
"When I can, I tell the truth. And sometimes it turns out to be where something happens that’s different or there's a change, but I always like to be truthful." https://t.co/dMIaIXPayZ pic.twitter.com/yVEc02kwVd
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, last week, had also slammed the president for his consistent lies and had said that Trump "is a liar" and that he "should probably dial down the lying." Scaramucci is a strong supporter of Trump.
"OK, well we both know that he's telling lies. So if you want me to say he's a liar, I'm happy to say he's a liar," Scaramucci had said while talking to CNN's John Berman on "New Day." Trump, during the ABC interview, also suggested that the migrant caravan headed towards the United States border consisted of mostly men and that they were pushing women and children to the front of the group, just to be photographed.
"It's a lot of young people, lot of young men - they are pushing the women right up to the front - not good - and the kids right up to the front," the Republican claimed. However, the pictures of the migrant group show that it consists of people of all ages and gender, including multiple families. According to the estimates of the United Nations, there were nearly 2,300 children in the caravan.