US President Donald Trump was holding his regular briefing for journalists at the White House when he pointed to the Huffington Post‘s White House reporter S V Dáte, who had waited for the moment for years.
S V Dáte had waited a long time to ask Donald Trump the question.
“Mr President, after three and a half years, do you regret at all, all the lying you’ve done to the American people?”
Donald Trump responded with a question of his own. “All the what?,” he asked.
Dáte responded: “All the lying, all the dishonesties.”
Trump: “That who has done?”
“You have done,” said Dáte. “Tens of thousan–”, he began to say, before Trump cut him off and called on another journalist, who asked a question about payroll tax.
For five years I've been wanting to ask him that.
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) August 13, 2020
In July, the Washington Post reported that Trump had told more than 20,000 “false or misleading claims” over the course of his presidency.
Dáte said that he asked the question because it was the first time that he had had the chance.
“I don’t know why he called on me, because I’ve tried to ask him before (in March) and he’s cut me off mid-question. Maybe he didn’t recognise me this time,” he said. “You know, he has this group of folks that he normally asks questions of.”
It was Dáte’s turn at the White House in the press pool, and he had a prominent seat.
“I had always thought that if he ever did call on me, this is the one thing that is really central to his presidency,” he said.
Trump’s lying, Dáte said, was the “singular piece of his presidency that will be remembered in 10 years”.
Everyone knows the president lies. Most people understand he does it every day, about pretty much everything. We’ve gotten used to it.
What we forget is just how corrosive it is to our democracy.https://t.co/JynnEtEoZB
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) January 15, 2020