As Donald Trump continues to sink further into mental and cognitive decline, one of the more notable side effects is his worsening inability to keep his inner thoughts to himself. In his desperation to salvage his failed presidency and fend off an inevitable one-way ticket to prison for his criminal scandals, Trump cut the worst deal in U.S. history today with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Then he flat out admitted that he knows the deal is a failure, and that he plans to lie about it once it fails.
That’s not merely our interpretation of Trump’s words; it’s precisely what he got up and announced today during his press conference about the summit. Here’s the actual quote from the transcript, as documented by Time Magazine and the New York Times and others: “I may be wrong, I mean I may stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey I was wrong.’ I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that, but I’ll find some kind of an excuse.”
There you have it. Trump just publicly admitted that he doesn’t expect this to work out. Then he admitted that once the deal’s failure is evident to everyone involved, he’ll just make up a reason for why it failed and blame somebody else. We’re now at a point where the cartoon villain is revealing his con artist playbook before he even had a chance to carry it out.
Of course Donald Trump gave away that he knew his North Korea deal wasn’t fooling anyone when he quickly tried to distract from it with a histrionic attack on Robert De Niro. That kind of behavior is par for the course when Trump realizes he’s failed yet again. But it’s a big deal that Trump is no longer able to keep his inner thoughts to himself when it comes to his con games and lies. As his mind continues to regress, he’ll end up blurting out even more incriminating things.
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