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Trump says he tries to be truthful, but his history suggests otherwise

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  • President Donald Trump stopped short of admitting to
    peddling falsehoods when a reporter asked him whether he
    fulfilled his promise to “never lie.”
  • The question was an apparent reference to a 2016
    campaign speech in which Trump ensured supporters he would
    never lie.
  • When asked if he always tells the truth, Trump said,
    “Well I try, I mean I do try. I think you try too. You say
    things about me that are not necessarily correct.”
  • As part of journalistic practice, when reporters are
    factually incorrect in their reporting, the error is corrected,
    and usually includes an editor’s note about the error. Trump is
    not known to have corrected his own statements that are later
    found to be false or inaccurate.

President Donald Trump stopped short of admitting to peddling
falsehoods when a reporter asked him whether he fulfilled his
campaign promise to “never lie.”

“Have you kept to that promise at all times,” Jonathan Karl, ABC
News’ chief White House correspondent, asked Trump during an

interview
that aired Wednesday. “Have you always been
truthful?”

“Well I try, I mean I do try,” Trump said. “I think you try too.
You say things about me that are not necessarily correct.”

As part of journalistic practice, when reporters are factually
incorrect in their reporting, the error is corrected, and that
correction usually includes an editor’s note that highlights the
error. Trump is not known to have corrected his own statements
that are later found to be false or inaccurate. He has frequently
repeated such false statements, like his debunked claim that

“millions and millions” of people vote illegally
.

“I do try, and I always want to tell the truth,” Trump said in
his interview with Karl. “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.”


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Karl appeared to reference
Trump’s comments
during a campaign rally in 2016, when, in a
stark departure from his normal campaign rhetoric, then-candidate
Trump told supporters he regretted some of his fiery remarks.

“Sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of
issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong
thing,” Trump reportedly said at the time. “I have done that, and
believe it or not, I regret it, particularly where it may have
caused personal pain.”

Trump went on to ensure supporters he would never lie, and also
took the opportunity to take a shot at Hillary Clinton, the
Democratic nominee.

“In this journey, I will never lie to you,” Trump said. “I will
never tell you something I do not believe. I will never put
anyone’s interests ahead of yours.”

Trump’s critics have accused him of spreading inaccurate
information and promoting conspiracy theories to widen a partisan
divide in the US.

But Trump has also been accused of lying by some people,
namely members of the media
. In June 2017, The New York Times

published the commentary, “Trump’s Lies”
on its opinion page,
laying a detailed history of statements Trump said that were
untrue.

Recently, Trump was lambasted after an
Axios interview on HBO
, in which he falsely claimed the US
was “the only country in the world where a person comes in and
has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United
States.”

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