VideoCast: “Y’all, We Need to Have An Honest Chat – Trump Lies”

Donald Trump at an unscheduled photo opportunity with the press, February 9, 2018 (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Working with our partners at the Clinton Institute, University College Dublin, here’s a straightforward commentary on why we need to be forthright with “Trump Lies”:

Why should we use the L-word? First, we are now in a time when America’s position in a world is under greater tension than at any point since 1945. American allies, let alone America’s foes, have no clue what to expect coming out of Washington. Countries need to be able to talk to each other, groups need to be able to talk to each other, people need to be able to talk to each other with a modium of trust — or if not trust, then reliability. If someone tells you up is up, then it better not be down in diplomacy.

When the speed and scope of what is happening is so quick, disinformation takes over. If we are to have any chance of coping with this world, as crazy as it has gotten in the 21st century, we have to be able to establish this is this. That makes it even more important that when a man who is President of the US issues statements that don’t further muddy the waters or blow smoke in our eyes.

When that President is a liar, we cannot have a secure footing.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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