MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” team fact-checked President Trump’s campaign-style rally speech in Iowa on Wednesday.
“The president made a lot of claims last night, and told a lot of lies in the process,” Mika Brzezinkski said Thursday morning.
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“The president says he’s signed ‘hundreds of billions of dollars worth of agreements with middle eastern countries,’ but some of those deals were put into place, you’ll remember under President Obama, and many are preliminary and require further negotiation,” MSNBC’s Willie Geist said, citing The Washington Post.
“The president said a coal mine just opened in Pennsylvania for the first time in decades. Last year, the state’s Cresson mine was put back to work following weaker coal production in Asia,” he continued, citing the Pennsylvania newspaper, The Tribune-Democrat.
“The president suggested CNN shut off its camera when they didn’t like what he was saying, it’s a line he’s used at rallies in the past, including just a month before the election. Last night, Fox was the only network to take the president’s comments in full,” Geist said, citing Politico.
The Morning Joe team were left “speechless” after watching footage of Trump discussing his preference for millionaires and billionaires, not “poor people,” running the economy.
“These are people that are great, brilliant business minds,” Trump told his followers. “That’s what we need. That’s what we have to have. So the world doesn’t take advantage. We can’t have the world taking advantage of us anymore. I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense? If you insist, I’ll do it — but I like it better this way.”
After playing the clip, a stunned-looking Willie Geist said, “That could have been 2015. That could have been two summers ago. Donald Trump in his element. Soaking up the crowd. Talking about how rich his buddies are.”
“Are you speechless?” Sam Stein asked a bewildered-looking Mika Brzezinski, to which she responded, “I am.”