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Trump to the American Farm Bureau convention on Sen. John Kennedy: "This is a man who is totally brilliant. I don't know if you know what this means: Oxford. He went to Oxford. I'm very much into the world of schools. Oxford -- you have to be very, very smart to go to Oxford."
Trump asks everyone to sit down rather than stand. He explains that this way they can give him standing ovations when they want, whereas if they're already standing, the media will say he didn't get any standing ovations. "It's probably better for me," he says.
Trump repeats his tape-over-their-mouths story about human trafficking, then says he doesn't talk about how they're renovating border barriers. He talks about this incessantly.
Trump is telling his regular rambling lies. He boasts about how he was the one who finally got the Veterans Choice program passed. It was passed under Obama. Trump signed a law that changes the program.
Trump says one of the members of the media back there said he has actually delivered on more promises than he promised. He started saying that himself, then started attributing it to unnamed people, then started attributing it to someone in the media.
Wheels and walls. Walls and wheels.
Trump tells his usual lies about how terrorist Sayfullo Saipov brought in 22 people through chain migration (even his aides won't defend this one) and that other countries deliberately give the U.S. bad people through the diversity visa lottery (individuals enter themselves).
Trump is lying about his border trip. He was told two people from Pakistan were apprehended the day prior. He just said, stumbling over the lie, "Three were from Pakistan. Four were from another Mideast, two Mideast, countries." There was no other even close-to-Mideast country.
Trump lies, "We have virtually eliminated the estate tax." He merely raised the threshold at which it has to be paid, didn't eliminate it. As always, he also misleadingly suggests the estate tax was a particular burden for family farmers, almost none of whom paid it.
Trump on NAFTA: "I saw what was going on in Canada, the way you were treated: horrible." U.S. farmers overwhelmingly like NAFTA. Some U.S. dairy farmers were unhappy with Canada's protectionist dairy system, which is not representative of Canada's overall agricultural policy.
Tears Alert! Trump says that when he signed his Waters of the US order: "I had ranchers, farmers and some homebuilders behind me. And these are tough people, they were strong, tough men and women. And half of them were crying...One guy, I don't think he cried in his whole life.."
Trump added a Sir for good measure. Tears Stories and Sir Stories are regular partners.
Trump lies that he had 87% approval in Europe when he came in but then got tough on Europe and plummeted. Obama was in the 80s. Trump was never, and he is now at 10% and below in various countries.…
Trump says he thinks the trade deficit with China is $504 billion, but he's going to say $375 billion because he doesn't want to be criticized. Though $375 billion doesn't count services, this is slight progress on one of his most frequent and most excruciatingly boring lies.
Trump hails Bolsonaro: "They're going to have a great new leader. They say he's the Donald Trump of South America. Do you believe it? And he's happy with that. If he wasn't, I wouldn't like the (country?). But I like him."
Trump says he couldn't believe how complex the agricultural business is these days, with all the complex seeds and all. "People don't know this," he says.
This is wild: Trump did his regular lie about immigrants not showing up for court hearings...then mocked the people who do show up as required, saying they’re fools.
Trump on expanding the child tax credit: "You know who fought for that? A young woman named Ivanka Trump. That's all she wanted. 'Daddd. Daddd. We have to get that passed, Dad.' I said, 'OK, Ivanka. OK, OK.'"
Trump going to great lengths to pretend he didn't mistakenly say "parts" instead of "ports" when talking about the Louisiana Purchase: "We secured new parts. And ports. New parts of the [sweeping hand gesture] map and globe that we never thought. And new ports, very importantly."
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