It no longer is partisan, or even condescending, to suggest that U.S. President Donald Trump inhabits a world of his own creation. It simply is deduction by observation. After half a year in office, the public record is replete with examples of the president referring to events that didn’t happen, or describing scenarios that took place in a world that doesn’t exist.
Take Trump’s recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. At one point, he told his interlocutors that he hopes to drop the U.S. corporate tax rate to 15 per cent. Then, Trump veered off course to relay conversations that he says he’s had with leaders of big emerging economies. “I’m saying to myself, here we are at like one per cent, dying, and they’re at nine per cent and they’re unhappy … these are like countries, you know, fairly large, like 300 million people,” Trump said, according to the transcript, which was obtained and published by Politico.
Let’s unpack that comment and run a quick reality check.
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