On Thursday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was released to London law enforcement officials from the Ecuadorian embassy where he had been living.
President* Donald Trump immediately denied knowing Assange or anything about Wikileaks, despite mentioning (and praising) both countless times during the 2016 Presidential campaigns. It’s common knowledge that Wikileaks helped Russian interference in that election, possibly swinging votes to Trump.
But back to Trump’s knowledge of Assange and Wikileaks: It’s absurd for Trump to lie about knowing them, when there is ample video and photographic proof to the contrary, but that’s just where we are in 2019.
CNBC’s Christina Wilkie reports that Trump liked WikiLeaks so much that had a poster of Assange in his campaign’s debate war room in 2016, with the following caption, “Dear Hillary, I miss reading your classified emails.”
Trump referenced WikiLeaks a total of 141 times while on the campaign trail in 2016 — watch the video below:
This is just the latest in a long line of easily refutable claims by Donald Trump. He lies to protect himself. He lies just for the hell of it. He lies for no reason whatsoever. Lying is Trump’s defining characteristic.