President Donald Trump has been having quite the weekend.
Later that day, Trump decided to voice a bizarre lie about his whereabouts for the last few months, telling Fox News host Jeanine Pirro that “I haven’t actually left the White House in months.” That one struck a chord.
Naturally, a lot of people were confused
“I haven’t actually left the White House in months,” Trump says. ???
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 13, 2019
Much of the confusion stems from the fact that Trump has been to both Iraq and Texas in the last month, in what were very public and heavily covered trips.
Josh is one of the best reporters around, but I didn’t want to retweet this until I checked if there was some mitigating context, and yeah, no, he just plain said he hasn’t left the White House in months, two days after his trip to Texas. https://t.co/5j6BSgNtVE
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 13, 2019
While some people are questioning the integrity of the 72-year-old president’s brain, activist April Reign made the connection that perhaps Trump doesn’t consider his trips to see U.S. troops or the border he loves to bloviate about as important.
He possibly meant that he hasn’t been to his favorite vacation spot, Mar-a-Lago, in months.
1) Trump doesn’t remember leaving the White House because his faculties are impaired.
2) Trump only counts trips that are important *to him.* He hasn’t been to Mar a Lago in months. Visiting the troops in Iraq, the Texas border for our “Natl security” don’t count. https://t.co/xOOVyFk6re
— April (@ReignOfApril) January 13, 2019
Meanwhile, the government has been shut down for the longest stretch of time in U.S. history thanks to Trump’s demand for an absurd amount of money to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without paychecks that they desperately need to survive.