It's summer. The days are long — or maybe you're on vacation, where the lines between them are hopelessly blurred altogether. Which glorious day was it that you basked in the sun of a verdant field, you wonder. Was it Thursday or Friday?
President Trump understands this plight. During his Friday press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, he falsely claimed for the sixth time that he predicted Brexit, claiming he arrived in Turnberry, Scotland, the day before the vote and told people he expected Britons to vote to leave the European Union. The pro-Brexit outcome in the referendum, held Thursday, June 23, 2016, was unexpected and shocked the globe.
But Trump's claim of prescience is a lie. His jaunt to Turnberry — where he was commemorating the opening of his golf club — occurred Friday, June 24, 2016, the day after the Brexit referendum vote. He also spoke the lie in his bombshell interview with The Sun, published late Thursday, in which he slammed May's handling of Britain's exit from the EU. The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale noted that Trump's quote to The Sun marked the fifth time he'd told the fib, making Friday's repetition of it number six.
Bizarre. @realDonaldTrump says he came to Turnberry the day before Brexit and he told everyone that he thought Brexit would happen. And that he predicted correctly what would happen the next day. Umm. Not true. He came the day after Brexit. I was there. June 24 pic.twitter.com/bVRxpMJTKY
— Jon Sopel (@BBCJonSopel) July 13, 2018