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WATCH: In the UK Trump Admits Many US Transgender Troops Would Be ‘Phenomenal’ – Then Defends His Ban With Lies

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President Donald Trump was challenged over his ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces when he sat down with his friend and former “Celebrity Apprentice” winner Piers Morgan on Wednesday’s “Good Morning Britain.”

Trump is visiting the UK, wrapping up his official state visit before heading off to meet with the Prime Minister of Ireland.

Citing Trump’s recent surprise tweet recognizing LGBT Pride Month, his first ever, Morgan asked, “if you feel that protective of the LGBT community, why did you feel the need to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military?” as The Daily Mail reports.

Trump proceeded to rattle off a list of reasons – not one of which were true or accurate.

“Because they take massive amounts of drugs, they have to,” after gender reassignment surgery – which not all transgender people choose. “And also – and you’re not allowed to take drugs, you know in the military you’re not allowed to take any drugs, you can’t take an aspirin,” which is false. (Active duty troops are discouraged if heading in to combat.)

“And they have to after the operation, they have to, they have no choice, they have to. And you would actually have to break rules and regulations in order to have that,” which, again, is false.

Morgan informed the President that the U.S. Military spends more on Viagra for men than it does on healthcare for transgender troops, including surgery.

“I didn’t know that,” Trump replied, with a curious smirk.

But minutes later, Trump was again repeating the falsehood of high costs of health care and surgery for transgender troops.

“Well, it is what it is, look, and also people were going in and then asking for the operation, and the operation is $200,000, $250,000 and getting the operation, and the recovery period is long and they have to take large amounts of drugs after that, for whatever reason, large amounts,” Trump claimed, falsely. (For a look at costs, see Wharton’s Public Policy Initiative report, which includes this line: “$438 per transgender service member yearly, including costs of both hormone distribution as well as gender reassignment surgery.”)

“And that’s not the way it is, and you can’t do that,” he added. And yet, it has been done, with no negative effect on military readiness or “unit cohesion.”

“So I said, yeah, when it came to time to make a decision on that and because of the drugs and also because of the cost of the operation,” Trump explained.

But there was never a time Trump was required to make any decision. Official acceptance of open service for transgender troops was underway when he became Commander-in-Chief. On July 26, 2017, Trump stunned the nation with a series of tweets announcing a complete and total ban on transgender troops. He did so without consulting his “generals,” as he liked to call them, any military advisors, or even his incoming chief of staff, retired General John Kelly.

In fact, the only ones who were consulted were those behind the plan to discharge all transgender troops: Vice President Mike Pence and the head of an anti-LGBT hate group, Tony Perkins.

Morgan even reminded Trump that transgender service members have been decorated heroes.

“Some transgender people in the U.S. military have won serious gallantry awards, what do you feel about them?” Morgan asked.

“Well I’m proud of them, I think it’s great, but you have to have a standard and you have to stick to that standard,” he said, which is inaccurate, since standards change over time and he is the one with the power to alter the standards.

“We have a great military and I want to keep it that way and maybe they’d be phenomenal, I think they probably would be,” Trump said of transgender troops, “but again you have very strict rules and regulations on drugs and prescription drugs and all of these different things and they blow it out of the water.”

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For a quick look debunking Trump’s lies from today’s interview, take a look at this Twitter thread from Media Matters editor-at-large Parker Malloy.

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Revealed: The Accusations Trump Just Made Against Marie Yovanovitch – the Ukraine Ambassador He Fired – Are Lies

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During President Donald Trump’s 57-minute long diatribe on “Fox & Friends” Friday he used Fox News’ platform to personally attack his now-former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. What used to be a smear campaign of whispers started by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani over in Kiev became an all-out character assassination across the airwaves of America.

Hardly fair for the 61-year old career foreign service diplomat who, by all accounts, had nothing but a stellar reputation and was highly-respected at the State Dept. after her 33 years of service to her country.

Friday, President Trump on national television appeared to slander Ambassador Yovanovitch.

“This ambassador that everybody says was so wonderful, she wouldn’t hang my picture in the embassy,” President Trump charged in his rambling, lie-filled rant on “Fox & Friends” – as if that were just cause to fire a dedicated public servant. “This was an Obama person, didn’t want to hang my picture in the embassy,” he continued.

“She is in charge of the embassy. She wouldn’t hang it. It took like a year and a half, two years to get the picture up,” Trump claimed.

“She’s very tough. I heard bad things,” Trump told the Fox News viewers. “There was a lot of things that she did that I didn’t like, and we’ll talk about that at some point,” he said, offering no proof.

“This was not an angel, this woman,” the president charged, against all accounts. “This was not a baby that we’re dealing with.”

As it turns out, it was all lies.

Related: Spewing Conspiracy Theories and Rambling and Ranting Trump Goes Off the Rails in Fox News Interview (Video)

The most egregious action Ambassador Yovanovitch took, allegedly refusing to hang the portrait of the president, is now confirmed to be a lie.

“The Embassy in Kyiv hung the official photographs of the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State as soon as they arrived from Washington, DC,” MSNBC’s David Gura, quoting Yovanovitch’s legal team, reports.

Yovanovitch, also, was not “an Obama person.” She joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1986. She was a Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump person.

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Trump Announces He Just Opened an Apple Plant in Texas That Has Been There Since 2013

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On Wednesday, during a visit to Austin, President Donald Trump tweeted that he “opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas” and promised that it will return “high paying jobs” to America — then trashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for “closing Congress”:

One of the immediate problems with Trump’s claim is that the Apple plant in question has actually existed since 2013. They are simply announcing a plan to expand the facility.

Moreover, Apple is in fact deeply concerned about the impact of Trump’s policies on their bottom line, having recently hired one of the president’s key donors as a lobbyist to beg him to exempt the company from tariffs on China.

And on a deeper level, Trump’s implication that Pelosi is refusing to put the House to work is hard to square with the fact that the House has passed over 400 bills that are awaiting action in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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‘Just Not True’: CNBC Reporter Destroys Trump’s Latest ‘Outlandish’ Lies – Like Ivanka ‘Created 14 Million Jobs’

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“Pretty much everything he has said is nonsense.”

President Donald Trump is being called out for his lies after giving a speech at the Economic Club of New York in which he offered up stunning untruths. Among them, his daughter Ivanka Trump has created 14 million jobs, and that his administration “has launched an economic boom the likes of which we have never seen before.”

Trump was scorched for those lies and others by CNBC editor-at-large John Harwood, an expert financial and political reporter.

Among the other lies Trump told Tuesday, he has created over 7 million jobs,

Harwood told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that “with respect to Ivanka, Trump is talking abut pledges she is collecting from companies to train people.”

“It’s a far cry from a pledge on a piece of paper to a job created. It is true that more than 6 million jobs have been created [Trump claimed 7 million “and going up,”] since Donald Trump was elected – however that is a slower rate of growth” than the comparable period during President Obama’s second term.

Wages “haven’t come up very much,” Harwood also countered.

Harwood also said “that;’s just not true” of Trump’s claim that family income is up $6000 annually over Obama’s $900.

Harwood took to Twitter to further his remarks.

 

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