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By June 1 of this year, U.S. President Donald Trump had made 3,259 false or misleading claims, according to The Washington Post Fact Checker's database, which tracks and categorizes every suspect statement uttered by the president.Trump is clearly going for a record.In trying to persuade an isolationist public that Hitler's Germany was a threat, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that a German submarine had attacked a U.S. destroyer, when in fact it was the American side that had initiated the action.Machiavellian deception is often part of a strategy in bargaining to get a deal, and Trump claims to be a master of that art.Perhaps that explains his lies about North Korean weapons, European tariffs and Russian President Vladimir Putin's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The damage that Johnson and Nixon did was not only to their presidencies but also to public trust.Either way, Trump has eroded the credibility of institutions such as the press, the intelligence agencies, and the U.S. Department of Justice, making everything relative and playing to his extremely loyal base.As the sheer number of lies indicates, the U.S. has never seen a president like Donald Trump.
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