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1. Welcome to today's White House Daily #shadowbriefing It's been at least 3 years since the last WH briefing, see @realDonaldTrump is not the only one allowed to make things up, so your Shadow Briefing is all you have. Today's theme is things the President makes up. Now, he
@realDonaldTrump 2. makes up a lot of things, but it does seem that his imagination is really running wild in the past week or so. But let's start with what's happening here at the White House. You may have heard @potus awarded himself the G-7 summit for his Doral Resort before backtracking
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 3. on that decision. He also said he was bringing the troops home from Northern Syria before indicating he now wants to keep troops there and deploy more to Saudi Arabia. You might ask why does he keep changing his mind. The fact is, he's not changing his mind, he's having
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 4. his mind changed for him. For almost 3 years, @realDonaldTrump has controlled Republicans in Congress with a mixture of fear and intimidation. Those few who opposed him were immediately attacked and lost office or influence because of it. But something has changed. The
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 5. combination of Ukraine/Mulvaney confession, the disaster in Syria and general all around bad behavior has shifted the balance of power in Washington DC. Republicans in Congress up until now needed Trump more than he needed them. And Trump knew it. The deterioration of his
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 6. political position has changed that dynamic. Now he needs Republicans, particularly in the Senate, more than they need him. He needs them to stay in office and they know it. That's why he climbed down on Doral and is changing his views as we speak on Syria. And I know
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 7. all this because I'm his faux spokesperson. It's hard to stand up and admit defeat and humiliation, but there you have it, at the shadow briefing we call them like we see them. So let's get back to your questions, remember today's theme is what Trump makes up.
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 8. Q. The President today said he was willing to do the G-7 at Doral for free. Is that true. A. Of course not. He's not willing to do anything for free. In fact that was part of an answer that so full of lies I'm sure I'll forget some. He said he put all of his business
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 9. interests in trust. We have no evidence that any of that is true. Since he won't release his tax returns, we'll never know. But its a safe bet he's lying. He also said being President has cost him between 2-5 billon dollars. Not true, totally made up. He's not worth that
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 10. in total. Q. The President said the emoluments clause of the Constitution is phony. What Constitution is he referring to. A. Yeah, that's a little bit more of the President's making things up festival. It's in the Constitution, it was there before Trump and will be there
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 11. after Trump. It's very clear and what the President is doing is exactly what the framers were afraid of. So it's not phony, the answer was, but the constitution is not. Let me add at this point the President thinks it's very unhelpful for news organizations to be fact
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 12 checking in real time. He is particularly angry with @CNN which seem to know in advance what lie he was going to employ before he did and had a graphic ready for everything. How do they do that. I digress. The President believes it makes it harder to lie and therefore
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 13. is bad for him and the country. I agree on one level. If he starts telling the truth then there will be no need for the shadow briefing and I'm not ready to give up on my baby yet. Q. @realDonaldTrump said today we've been great to the Kurds and no one ever promised we'd
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 14. be great to them forever. A. Well that's clearly not true, they are at risk of slaughter at the hands of the Turks after more than 10k died fighting ISIS for us. What is true is the President abandoned the Kurds, putting them at risk, our national security risk as a favor
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 15. to Turkey, the Russians, Syria and Iran. That's pretty much the axis of evil circa 2019. And on how much the Kurds love us, those were rotten potatoes and rocks they were throwing at retreating and surrendering US troops in Norther Syria, not flowers. Q. @realDonaldTrump
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 16. said he's the one who captured the ISIS fighters, not Obama or the Kurds. A. Well that's not really true either. First he captured no one. His fat ass has never gone to the war zone. Also most of the fighting and capturing was done by the Kurds, not our forces. And they
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 17. did most of the dying. He also said he knew more than anyone about Syria and the Kurds. Well that's not true on any level. But let's not quibble over details. Q. Going back to Doral, @realDonaldTrump said it was ok to make money as President because Obama made a book deal
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 18. and a production deal with Netflix while he was still in office. A. Let me cut you off there, that one is also not true. Obama made his deals after he left the White House. How do we know? Because he released his tax returns every year he was the President. He was in
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 19. that position @realDonaldTrump doesn't understand of having nothing to hide. So again not true on any level. And the idea that all Presidents continued to run their businesses while in offices exposes the lie that he's not still involved in the hospitality business and if
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 20. you believe it, I've got a peanut farm to sell you. One more time, he said it, it's not true at to quote the great acting chief of staff, get over it. Q. The President said the Democrats are lousy politicians but they stick together. A. Well I can't comment on the first,
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 21. I can tell you from experience the Dems don't always stick together. I can still smell the teargas from Chicago 1968. Q. Switching gears, does the President still have full confidence in Acting Chief of Staff Mulvaney. A. I don't agree with the premise of the question.
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 22. The President never had full confidence in Mulvaney. That's why he put him there in the first place, to make sure he could run the White House they way he wanted, which was to serve him and his family. Mick was just the stooge who helped make it happen. One more thing on
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 23. Mick. It was not lost one the President that unprompted Mulvaney made clear in his disastrous press conference that it was the President who directed him to do everything in relation to Ukraine. No one asked that, he just volunteered it. Around the WH is was known as the
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 24. I'm not Bob Haldeman and ain't going to jail admission. POTUS not very happy about that one. Q. It was curious that the only person defending Mulvaney this weekend on TV was Mulvaney. Why was that? A. Because no one at the White House cares about anyone else but themselves
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 25. The fish rots from the head and everyone now knows it's every person for themselves. Man in some time zones Pompeo is still pausing before throwing Mick under the bus. Sitting from my faux press briefing post, it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of folks.
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS 26. Q. Should we expect anyone coming to the briefing room anytime soon. Q. What do you think? I'm outta here.
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