Trump can't stop smearing Obama with a ridiculous lie about North Korea
On July 1, CNN’s Daniel Dale devoted an entire article to fact-checking President Donald Trump’s bogus claim that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un would not take President Barack Obama’s calls. Regardless, Trump has continued to make that claim, and Dale is still fact-checking him — along with Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security adviser to Obama.
On Monday, Dale tweeted that Trump had “repeated his lie that Kim Jong Un wouldn’t take Obama phone calls.” And Rhodes, seeing Dale’s tweet, responded, “Obama never called Kim Jong Un. Obama never tried to meet Kim Jong Un. Trump is a serial liar and not well.”
Trump is determined to show that unlike Obama, he has been a raging success with North Korea. Over the summer, Trump claimed, “President Obama wanted to meet, and Chairman Kim would not meet him. The Obama Administration was begging for a meeting. They were begging for meetings constantly, and Chairman Kim would not meet with him.” But Dale, in his July 1 article for CNN’s website, asserted that there was “no evidence that Obama ever sought a meeting with Kim Jong Un, let alone that he was ‘begging’ for a meeting or seeking a meeting ‘constantly.’”
Rhodes, on June 30, told CNN, “There’s no mystery here: it’s just a lie with no supporting evidence and no basis in anything. It’s not even an exaggeration, it's just not true.”
Obama never called Kim Jong Un. Obama never tried to meet Kim Jong Un. Trump is a serial liar and not well. https://t.co/JSXlII6bK6— Ben Rhodes (@Ben Rhodes)1571684838.0
Trump repeated his lie that Kim Jong Un wouldn't take Obama phone calls, saying he asked Obama if he tried to call,… https://t.co/k5G9EpeJHz— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1571678752.0
In his article, Dale quoted Sung-Yoon Lee — a professor of Korean studies at Tufts University — as saying, “I feel reasonably sure there is no one in this world who will credibly confirm that Obama sought a summit with Kim Jong Il or Kim Jong Un while he was in office.” And Dale quoted Joshua Pollack, editor of the Nonproliferation Review and a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, as saying, “President Obama showed no interest in meeting with either Kim Jong Il or Kim Jong Un.”