CNN Uses Chyrons to Fact-Check a Trump Speech on Nukes As He Gives It


In March, Donald Trump said quite clearly that Japan should get its own nuclear arsenal as a means of self-defense. That statement was roundly criticized for being insensitive, given that Japan is the only country in the world that has actually been hit by nuclear weapons. President Barack Obama remarked that Trump “doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean peninsula or the world generally.”

At the time, Andrea Mitchell fumed that he “is completely uneducated about any part of the world.” Most recently, Hillary Clinton has brought up his suggestion that the current nuclear agreements be overthrown, so today, Trump tried to claim that he never said that at all.

Trump has a habit of insisting he didn’t say things that he has very clearly and that we have very reliable proof of, but what good does that knowledge do when his speeches and denials are being broadcast live with no context? CNN has finally found a solution and political hawks on Twitter are celebrating:

As you can see, CNN wrote a fact-checking “(He did)” next to the caption that included his insistence that he never said that Japan should have nukes. In fact, he said it twiceAnderson Cooper gave him the chance to clarify his statements after he said it the first time, and he doubled down.

After Trump said that the time has come for Japan to build their own arsenal, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga quickly spoke up and said that the nation’s refusal to develop or possess nuclear weapons will “remain an important basic policy of the government.” Similarly, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida asserted, “It is impossible that Japan will arm itself with nuclear weapons.”

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