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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: The Wall, Ten Terrorists, Bottomless Pinocchios et al





The Art of The Lie...
when it isn't  Artful

I believe the Washington Post has created a new level of Pinocchios as it assesses and tracks the veracity of public lies form people who matter in US government.  The new category is "bottomless" Pinocchios (AKA disinformation, propaganda). 

During yesterday's ill-fated on-camera meeting between Trump Pence and democratic party congressional (Minority) leaders (Pelosi and Schumer), Trump offered a set of data regarding reductions in illegal border crossings. 

TRUMP: "Tremendous amounts of wall have already been built." — statement in meeting with the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer. 
TRUMP: "People do not yet realize how much of the Wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built." ''We have already built large new sections & fully renovated others, making them like new." — tweets.
Yahoo fact-check linked above and here.

Trump's comments were offered in the context of a wall along our southern border. A wall which Trump continues to issues lies about a major portion of the wall "already has been built." How the wall works? 

Rather than address the numbers Trump offered at that moment, we find value in another set of numbers he offered which must have come from White House college interns. As Trump spoke to Pelosi and Schumer, the numbers didn't make an iota of sense

Later in the Oval Office meeting, Trump resorted to what he does most consistently; he used a modicum of time-related data to make a false case for his wall. He lied!

CNN fact-checked a statement which any rational mind would have recognized wasn't fact. A statement which so lent to fact-checking the White House spinmeisters should have clarified the statement immediately after the meeting. Maybe offered clarification while Trump was flinging papers across the room as he left the meeting.

CNN's Jim Scuito

From Trump's resurgent misuse of numbers and his declaration of shutting down the US Government, if he does not get his wall, to a mystery headline fro a very unexpected Right wing demagogue. The headline relates to a Newsweek piece while relating to Trump's claim major portions of the wall is built.
MYSTERY HEADLINE
"DOES HE THINK HIS SUPPORTERS ARE DUMB?"
Rather than repeating of reconstructing the essence of the Newsweek piece, we prefer to link the piece, here

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Politifacts 2018 Lie Of The Year Reader's Poll





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Just a few minutes ago we published a piece regarding Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (Democrat Party congressional leaders) appearing to outfoxed Donald trump into a rambling and thoroughly embarrassing pubic (on-camera) exhibition. The central theme of the interaction was related to the pending funding of the US government in relation to Trump's quest for funding for his very unpopular border wall.

Herewith is the link to the piece.

If you visited the piece, you may have noticed our specific reference to Chuck Schumer's direct affront to Trump with the Washington Post's newly coined "Bottomless Pinnochios" as a weapon.

How about another reference to Trump's incessant and overwhelming pathology to lie.
Politifacts 

2018 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results


As we close, allow a quick image of why Trump and his party as so inclined to lie with each and every utterance.

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As Trump's World Turns: White House Border Wall Kerfuffle (Video)




Pelosi and Schumer draw Trump into an embarrassing scene.

In June 2018 Gallup published poll results regarding trump's immigration policy and his "wall." The poll confirmed the common sentiment the majority of US voters, and for that matter, Americans have no interest in Trump's wall.

Bar graphs: Americans' views on four immigration policy proposals, June 2018. 83% favor/strongly favor a DACA recipient path to citizenship.

Needless to remind, but the nation also found Trump's family separation policy deplorable and bad US Policy.

As the Democrat Party will assume the majority in the US House of Representatives on January 3, 2019, it IS time for Trump to meet (and Pow Wow) with Democrat legislative leadership as the renewed government funding looms (in a matter of days).

Such a meeting took place this morning in part with cameras present. The camera portion of the press opportunity did not go well. Let's take a look and listen.

Skip to the 8:45-minute mark of the embedded NPR video and watch Trump literally threaten to shut down the federal government if he can't get funding for his (campaign promised) wall.



Minutes 8:45 to 9:00: Interesting how Trump inserts 10 "bad people (terrorists)" Caught entering the US in the past few weeks or months. He certainly didn't state a time frame as that would be or could be easily checked and the results added to Trump's growing number of daily lies. Of particular note, Chuck Schumer's use of recent Washington Post fact-checking which joins all credible national fact-checkers in reporting about Trump's lies.  (See Washington Post link Meet The Bottomless Pinocchio...) .Hooray for Schumer.

Minute 12:38:
Trump clearly proclaimed "If we don' have border security we'll shut down the government."


It shouldn't take a genius to discern Trump declared he and his party would shut down the federal government if he doesn't get his campaign promised wall. While cloaked in his definition of border security, the "wall' is his sole intent.


The nation shouldn't expect any level of presidential aura and demeanor from Trump. Yet, it is particularly noteworthy Pelosi and Schumer accomplished a probable mission of appearing as responsible legislators via seeking a "good faith" audience with Trump and Pence.

If our embeds didn't highlight the historical moment to its fullest measure, herewith is a YouTube version with specific references.



See this....tantrum


Is this a prologue to what's to come in January 2019?

And how did a morning segment of Fox News's (Legs and Thighs) Outnumbered deal with Trump's threat?  A rhetorical question to say the least.



A that is how Trump Media feeds his supporters. 

While we do to assert that all Trump supporters are Fox New viewers; we do assert that all Trump supporters are Fox News viewers.  A bit of deductive reasoning just shy of a full syllogism.  

Another media perspective on Trump's failed morning meeting.  MSNBC Hardball ran a segment with White House correspondent Eli Stokols and an insider report on Trump's post-meeting meltdown. Linked here.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: The Unthinking, The Irrational, And The Dumb (VIDEO)




Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to achieve, might top them all. is great person and frankly his actions are horrible.

Why would Trump's youngest son, tweet about the ugliness of politics, disrespect and offer offhand hints about the wife of a Trump staffer's career? Does it really make sense to even question the doings of a Trump? The more visible Trumps seem to live in an altered state of reality; a world void of mirrors, self-reflection, and rational/introspective curiosity. They live as islands of privilege which, unlike actual islands, the Trumps fail to receive necessary imports of life-sustaining material. Well, at least from a perspective of metaphorical life-sustaining common sense generally associated with higher intellect.

While the Hawaiian Islands receive just about all life-sustaining goods via transport (air or sea), the Trumps, as islands, must be of DNA, which forbids, or places high tariffs, on influxes of mental processes common to intelligent people. Processes which are imbued with traits such as common sense, rational discernment, judgment, and emotional control.  If we bundle all of the aforementioned, we have a simple case of thought deficiency. A dangerous reality during times of so much international unrest and growing authoritarianism. Of course, we must consider like other Donald Trump inner circle sycophants, the set of siblings probably learned many years ago their father is also an audience of one. Thus, their behavior has to also conform to expectations of suckling akin to that of inner circle groveling and suckling.  Maybe that is why Eric Trump fired off the tweet against Kelly Anne Conway's husband. An unwise an irrational a response as one could imagine.

A day or so prior to Eric Trump's tweet, George Conway tweeted regarding Donald Trump's seeming witness tampering and potential obstruction of justice regarding Roger Stone's comment about taking the Fifth in response to a US Senate hearing subpoena. 

ON December 3rd, George Conway responded to Trump's effusive praise of Roger Stone much like a crime boss praising a convicted street captain who swears he won't testify against the Boss. 


CNN'S Erin Burnett...



The "guts"....?   Doesn't that appear the exhorting praise of a person who has inside information related to the guilt of the boss coupled with the stupidity to sit on the truth for the sake of a (conviction) pardon from the boss?  

Trump's adviser's husband and consistent critic of Trump offered his option of Trump's praise from his legal perspective. 
Simply stated... 


18 U.S. Code § 1512 - Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant .... A prosecution under this section or section 1503 may be brought in the district in ...

We a political operative in Stone swearing allegiance to a president who responded with jargon common to a mob boss. Jargon which some say verges on witness tampering and very much outside the scope of acceptable for a US President. The husband of a presidential staffer speaks out from a  legal perspective via his personal opinion. A situation which is nationally embarrassing yet not a surprise in our Era of Trump.  But do you think it would stop at that point? The first part of this post speaks to why it would (normally) stop at that point. What would a dedicated sibling do in the face of a rational response to his father's traipsing on the skirts of breaking US law?  In the case of Eric Trump, he seems to have suffered a major case of non-introspective constipation of the brain accompanied by Twitter diarrhea. 

He opened a metaphorical backdoor and failed to lose the screen door. Take a look and listen to what followed from a Republican CNN contributor and noted non-supporter of Donald Trump.

Mediaite (CNN Contributor Ana Navarro)


Despite the verbiage above, the rationale of a Trump speaking as such simply defies all vestiges of common sense. There isn't a person in America who best fits the model of ugliness and disrespect than Eric Trump's father.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Rudy Giuliani At Large







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Where is Rudy and why so quiet?

Rudy Giuliani’s Mystery Trips to Russia, Armenia and Ukraine — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast

We spent weeks investigating his work and clients in the former Soviet Union. We have so many questions.

by Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, WNYC Oct. 31

Rudy Giuliani has had many identities in his time on the public stage. A crusading federal prosecutor who struck terror in mobsters and Wall Street titans alike. A sometimes-cantankerous New York City mayor who became a national hero for his stirring leadership after the 9/11 attacks. And, currently, President Donald Trump’s unpaid attorney in the Russia collusion investigation being led by Robert Mueller.

In this week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.,” we’re digging into a part of Giuliani’s work that has occurred largely outside of the spotlight: He has often traveled to Russia or other former Soviet states as guests of powerful players there. And since Trump was elected, he appears to have stepped up the frequency of those trips.

Just last week, for example, Giuliani appeared in the former Soviet republic of Armenia, which has close trade ties with Russia. He was invited, according to local press accounts, by Ara Abramyan, an Armenian businessman who lives in Russia. Abramyan once helped reconstruct the Kremlin and also received a medal for “merit to the fatherland” from President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Giuliani said he was in Armenia as a private citizen, but on a local TV news show, Abramyan implied that he expected Giuliani to carry a message for him to Trump. (The conversation was in Armenian, so it’s not clear whether Giuliani understood what Abramyan was saying.)

While in Armenia, Giuliani also attended a technology conference (one of his businesses advises on cybersecurity). The conference program listed him as appearing on a panel that also included a Russian currently on the U.S. sanctions list imposed after Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

There are many things we don’t know about Giuliani’s trips. We don’t know whether he’s being paid, and if so by whom. Giuliani declined to answer our questions.

One thing we do know is that a company called TriGlobal Strategic Ventures claims credit for organizing the trips. Abramyan is on TriGlobal’s board, as is a former Russian government minister. TriGlobal and Abramyan also did not respond to our questions.

Giuliani’s work abroad does not appear to break any laws or rules. But it also appears to be unprecedented. Said Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney and a law professor at the University of Michigan: “I don’t recall seeing anything like this before.”

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

As Trumps World Turns; Leaders Lead, Ugly Leadership Leads To An Ugly World




"...make sense" 

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I ran across the following post on Facebook this morning. The author of the post seems to lament Trump's lack of interest in reaching out to, or inability to reach out to, voters who may not sit as denizens of his Red hat crew.
"There are some people who, no matter what he says, agree with everything Trump says. There are others, a lot of 'others', who disagree with everything he says. Does it not make sense that he should concentrate on the ones that disagree with him and try to win them over? Isn't that what a leader does. Not just pander to those who already follow you? Leaders lead...."

The author mentions "...make sense."  I suspect the author knows full well, Trump doesn't manage himself with attention to making sense

I suggest Trump is void of any such thoughts or inclinations. He is an entertainer who derives more satisfaction from personal narcissism and applause then reaching into an empty chasm of rational thought. A place where "making sense" resides.

Herewith is an example of Trump's mindset mere hours after the nation's second hate-related gun killing of the week. Of specific interest is the second Tweet The first tweet from Rupar's feed is far too many seconds of Trump. 
While we are seeing an exponential jump on hate-related crime over the past two years, Hate crimes against Jewish people have skyrocketed.

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U.S. Anti-Semitic Incidents Spike 86 Percent So Far in 2017 After ...

 In July o 2017, The Right Mind.US published this comparison chart

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How about a comprehensive review of targets of hate since January 2017. Of course, we know what to pace in January 2017, right?

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While Trump and his handlers work to avoid pubic horrors which can be traced to Trumpism, facts a "pesky things" (as Ronald Reagan stated). 

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Some will say the terror emanates from both sides. Well, the assertion is only that of a seeker and promulgator of "alternative facts' (AKA lies) as a tool for deflection. The Washington DC softball practice shooting of the House Republicans team was perpetrated by a Left-wing nut case, granted. He was also a Sanders supporter, but no one can find a case of sanders exhorting his (often zany) minions to violence. No one can point to a case of Sanders encouraging violence against US media. But, Trump's allies and tweets are virtual daily exhibitions against freedom of the press/media and his rally oratory often encourages violence.

One case of Trump inspired violence which led to a court case against the perpetrator.


That sucker-punch attack led to this....


The price the attacker paid for his Trump sycophancy.  you have to wonder if Trump actually paid his legal fees are Trump promised.

Does Trump exhort violence (Snopes)
FACT CHECK: Did Donald Trump Encourage Violence at His Rallies?  
Trump Tells Supporters to Beat Up Protestors With Tomatoes - YouTube
Laughter as Trump lauds politician's body slam of Guardian journalist ...
Lest we forget,'' Good people on both sides."

"Jews Will Not Replace Us" in Charlottesville

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Shortly after Charlottesville and the death of innocent anti-Nazi protesters, the very visible Nazi leader was found crying like a baby about the prospect of an arrest.




What a difference a day makes. Please excuse the cliche. 

 I wonder if Trump paid his legal expenses.

We find very little from the 45th President of the Untied States which: "makes sense."

LEADERSHIP?


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Bombs, "Lock Her UP" And Mobs?




On a Day of Bombs galore and a week preceding with mailed devices, we have Trump and company still speaking about "both sides."

Image result for MAGAWhile I avoid Trump and his wife on my television sets as much as possible, I ran across his wife speaking (ahead of him) at a rush to speak address today. After a few days of suspicious devices arriving at the homes and workplaces of liberal politicians and the cable news headquarters of CNN, I ran across Trump's wife preceding him in addressing the world regarding violence he has promulgated since well before 2016. His wife spoke first!

While I quickly changed the channel, I did see Trump's lips move to a "both sides" mantra which has become ever-popular from the Right and Trump supporters, as well as well-meaning Independents who simply have not come around to the reality of GOP politicos and the horrors of US conservatism.

Follow a couple of tweets I ran across within the hour.  As you look over the list, recognize we have a president who has coined a new mantra of "Jobs Vs Mobs", while we are seeing utter violence and raced-based horrors from the Right.  Of course, we have people who are voicing their frustrations to Republicans in public settings, but I do not recall one case, of late, with a liberal or progressive exhorting violence or perpetrating violence. 
The first case of a sick false equivalence has emanated from the mouth of ohn McCain's Irrelevant daughter, Meghan McCain.  The Raw Story.

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Jobs Vs Mobs?
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

As Trump's World Turns The Lie As National Policy




From ISIS in the Central America so-called "caravan" through Sinclair TV with a stop in Trump's cover for Saudi Arabia.

Just take a video journey there is no need for additional verbiage.





As Trump has unfolded his week, let's take a look at another area of copious Pinocchio's: Saudi Arabia' Keystone Cop murder of a Washington Post Journalist, and Three Stooges null along with Trump's seeming willingness to forget and forgive ($$$). Take note of Trumps wildly loose barrage of "job" from Saudi arms deals.

More via the Washington Post, here.

Speaking of propaganda with lies as a key weapon; add the softball interview from Trump media.

By the way. here is an example of how Trump media is using local news channels for pure propaganda via softball interviews.



When the lie became a national norm.
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

FactChecking Trump




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FactChecking Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview





In a wide-ranging interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” President Donald Trump repeated several false and misleading claims, while putting a new twist on some of them:
  • Trump falsely claimed Russia “wouldn’t be able to help me at all,” even if he had called Russia “to help me with an election” in 2016. Russian companies financed and carried out an extensive social media campaign, and Russian government agents hacked into Democratic computers to obtain and stage the release of damaging documents, U.S. prosecutors allege.
  • Trump said “nobody really knows” if North Korea has continued to build more missiles, even after Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un in June. But the Washington Post, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported in July that North Korea was doing just that, and Fox News confirmed the report.
The president also repeated his false claim that the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that caused the controversial separation of families at the Southern border was “the same as the Obama law.” He again wrongly stated that the U.S. pays “almost the entire cost of NATO to protect Europe,” and he overstated the U.S. trade deficit with China. 
Russia’s 2016 Election Interference
In his interview with CBS’ Lesley Stahl, the president repeated his unsubstantiated claim that China interfered in the 2016 U.S. election (“I think China meddled too”) and offered a new twist regarding Russia’s role during the presidential campaign. He falsely claimed Russia “wouldn’t be able to help me at all,” even if he had sought out the U.S. adversary for help.
Trump, Oct. 14: Do you really think I’d call Russia to help me with an election? Give me a break. They wouldn’t be able to help me at all. Call Russia. It’s so ridiculous.
The special counsel’s investigation into the 2016 election is ongoing. But, contrary to the president’s claim, there is evidence that Russia helped Trump’s election chances in multiple ways.
In July, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III filed an indictment against 12 members of a Russian military intelligence agency known as the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, or GRU. The officers “engaged in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and released that information on the internet under the names ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2.0’, and through another entity,” a Justice Department press release said.
“The object of the conspiracy was to hack into the computers of U.S. persons and entities involved in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, steal documents from those computers, and stage releases of the stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” the indictment said.
For example, WikiLeaks, identified as “Organization 1″ in the indictment, released Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s emails on Oct. 7 less than an hour after the Washington Post reported that Trump once bragged about groping women. 
“In order to expand their interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Conspirators transferred many of the documents they stole from the DNC and the chairman of the Clinton Campaign to Organization 1,” the indictment said. “The Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, discussed the release of the stolen documents and the timing of those releases with Organization 1 to heighten their impact on the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
In addition to the damaging releases of hacked emails, three Russian organizations and 13 Russian nationals were indicted in February for their role in an extensive pro-Trump social media advertising campaign.
The indictment alleges that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-based online propaganda company, oversaw the pro-Trump influence campaign, which was financed by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a man described as “Putin’s cook” or “Putin’s chef,” and his two companies, Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering.
“From at least April 2016 through November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators, while concealing their Russian identities and ORGANIZATION affiliation through false personas, began to produce, purchase, and post advertisements on U.S. social media and other online sites expressly advocating for the election of then-candidate Trump or expressly opposing Clinton,” according to the indictment, which referred to the Internet Research Agency as the “organization.”
Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, told a Senate panel last year that “approximately 126 million people may have been served content from a Page associated with” the Internet Research Agency. At the same hearing, Sean J. Edgett, Twitter’s acting general counsel, said the company identified 36,746 automated accounts, known as bots, that “generated approximately 1.4 million automated, election-related Tweets, which collectively received approximately 288 million impressions.”
In addition, Internet Research Agency mobilized Trump supporters for political rallies, focusing on so-called “purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida,” according to the indictment, quoting from documents, such as emails and private Facebook messages, obtained during the investigation. Trump, who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, captured the Electoral College votes and the election by narrowly winning in key swing, or “purple,” states, such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
In a Jan. 6, 2017, report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016″ to “undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency,” as well as “help President-elect Trump’s election chances.” The report “did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcomes of the 2016 election,” because it “does not analyze US political processes or US public opinion.”
North Korea’s Missiles
As he has done in the past, Trump boasted about the relationship he has developed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president said Kim “understands denuclearization and he’s agreed to it.”
That’s not quite accurate. Trump and Kim issued a joint statement in June saying that North Korea will “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” but they have yet to come to an agreement on the terms of a denuclearization plan.
“He doesn’t wanna go to war, and we don’t wanna go to war, and he understands denuclearization and he’s agreed to it,” Trump said. “And you see that, he’s agreed to it. No missiles.”
When Stahl pressed Trump, asking if North Korea “may actually be building more missiles,” Trump responded, “Well, nobody really knows.”
Stahl: But is it true that they haven’t gotten rid of a single weapon, and they may actually be building more missiles-
Trump: They want to–
Stahl: With nuclear–
Trump: And I will tell you that they’re closing up sites.
Stahl: But–
Trump: Setting it up.
Stahl: Is what I said true, that they haven’t? Gotten–
Trump: Well, nobody really knows. I mean, people are saying that. I’ve actually said that.
Stahl: What? That they’re still building missiles, more missiles?
Trump: We don’t really know, Lesley. We really don’t know. But I assume–
Stahl: Suspect that?
Trump: Let’s say the answer is yes, okay? In the meantime, they haven’t tested a missile. They haven’t tested a rocket. They definitely haven’t done a nuclear test because you know about them real fast. It sort of moves the earth. And we have a relationship now.
The Washington Post, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported on July 30: “Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.” That was a month and a half after the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
A day after the Post article was published, Fox News confirmed the reports “that North Korea is now busy once again building more missiles.”
“U.S. officials telling Fox News, this is a quote, ‘It is business as usual’ at a factory near Pyongyang that builds ICBMs capable of reaching the United States,” reported Greg Palkot, a senior foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News Channel. “Analysis of satellite photography showing, quote, ‘There is no evidence of a halt of work.’ We’re talking about the long-range liquid-fueled missiles used three times last year in test firings that could, potentially, reach the East Coast of the United States. Recent work activity visible.”
Michael E. O’Hanlon, a senior fellow and director of foreign policy research at the Brookings Institution, told us, “President Trump is technically correct because we aren’t completely sure about what is built at each factory or whether construction will conclude for each missile now in the works.”
“But,” he told us via email, “the circumstantial evidence is very strong that North Korea does in fact continue to build more long-range missiles (and nuclear weapons) and that should be the presumption upon which US policy is based.”
Kelsey Davenport, director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association, said in an email to FactCheck.org: “North Korea did not commit to halt missile production, so it is very likely that Pyongyang is continuing to build nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Kim Jong Un made clear in his January 2018 address that the mass production of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles was a goal for the upcoming year. Recent satellite imagery indicating activity at missile production sites also points toward the conclusion that North Korea continues to quantitatively expand its nuclear arsenal.”
During the Jan. 1, 2018, address referenced by Davenport, Kim Jong Un said, “The nuclear weapons research sector and the rocket industry should mass-produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.”
Joshua Pollack, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and editor of the Nonproliferation Review, told us that for the the Washington Post story, some of his CNS colleagues used commercial space imagery and confirmed that “the Sanumdong missile R&D facility is active, although they could not independently establish what activities were underway inside.”
“The intelligence community clearly has better resources than CNS does, so I assume that they are in a better position to make such determinations,” Pollack added.
“Separately, CNS did independently discover this year that North Korea has pressed ahead with the construction of new production facilities at a different plant, the Chemical Materials Institute, which makes missile components.” Pollack said.
That’s consistent, he said, with statements Kim Jong Un made during a visit to the site in August 2017.
“So by the available indications, we have concluded that missile production is underway, consistent with plans declared in Kim Jong Un’s Jan 1, 2018 speech — the same speech in which he unveiled his new diplomatic initiative,” Pollack said.
Trump Repeats
The president repeated several claims we’ve written about before:
On the administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy: Trump repeatedly claimed that the “zero tolerance” policy that caused the controversial separation of families at the Southern border was “the same as the Obama law. You know, Obama had the same thing.” That’s misleading. There were some family separations under previous administrations, experts told us when we examined this claim in June, but there was no blanket policy to prosecute parents and, therefore, separate them from their children. 
Members of the Trump administration have claimed that there’s nothing new about this, yet a new policy was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early April to refer all illegal border crossings for criminal prosecution. Since children can’t be held in adult detention facilities, the referral resulted in parents being separated from their children.
The Department of Homeland Security wasn’t able to provide any figures for family separations under the Obama administration, but it said 2,342 children had been separated from their parents from early May to early June of this year. Trump signed an executive order to end the separations in late June.
On NATO: Trump said the United States “shouldn’t be paying almost the entire cost of NATO to protect Europe.” It doesn’t. The U.S. pays just over 22 percent of NATO’s commonly funded budget, which includes civil, military and security investment expenses and is funded through a formula based on the gross national income of each member country.
The president has repeatedly complained about indirect NATO spending — what each country spends on its own national defense. But even there, the U.S. share of total defense spending by member countries in 2017 was 67 percent, according to inflation-adjusted figures from NATO.
On Christine Blasey Ford: The president was asked why, in a campaign-style rally in Mississippi, he had made fun of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school. Trump said: “What I said is the person that we’re talking about didn’t know the year, the time, the place.” But that’s incorrect. Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the alleged attack occurred in the summer of 1982 in an upstairs bedroom of a house in the Bethesda area of Maryland. What she could not provide was the exact date and address of the alleged attack.
On trade with China: Trump repeated his claim that China takes “$500 billion a year out of the United States in the form of trade and others things.” As we wrote in “Trump’s Numbers,” the goods-and-services trade deficit with China was $351 billion for the most recent 12 months on record. In 2017, the U.S. trade deficit in goods with China was $376 billion, but that was partially offset by a trade surplus of $40 billion in services, such as software, legal and communications services, for a total trade balance of negative $336 billion.
Correction, Oct. 18, 2018: The story was updated to reflect that CNS used commercial space imagery to confirm activity at the Sanumdong missile R&D facility for the Washington Post story, not after it ran.
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