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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Trump Way with Words

In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's way with words.  He and his underlings have made many mistakes.

Dan Drezner at WP:
Traditionally, the White House has been run on a “broken windows” theory of management. Small errors were not to be tolerated, with the idea that this would help ward off larger errors that might seriously degrade policymaking.
That was the Before Time. With the Trump White House, errors large and small are legion. Start with President Trump’s Twitter feed, with its misspellings and Strangely Capitalized and punctuated! tweets. A few months ago my Washington Post colleague David Nakamura chronicled the bevy of errors and typos contained in White House statements...
The sloppiness led to a pretty serious screw-up Monday. Benjamin Netanyahu’s TED talk announcement of Israeli intelligence findings on Iran’s pre-JCPOA clandestine nuclear program caught a lot of headlines but did not reveal much that was new. The Trump White House, however, released a statement seeing it differently: “These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people.”
One hour later...
The White House tweaked the key sentence to read: “These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people.” Changing “has” to “had” changed the meaning of the statement. For at least an hour or so, however, it appeared to the world as though the Trump White House was accusing Iran of possessing a clandestine nuclear program.

Cuta, in Central Ameican Spanish, means "lie."   In US slang, it also has some earthier connotations.

As for lose/loose, see my list of dumbass mistakes.

And this:
There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2018 />