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Does It Matter That Trump Is a Liar?

World leaders have never really trusted each other—but the president's behavior undermines American foreign policy anyway.

According to the Washington Post, as of Aug. 1, U.S. President Donald Trump had made more than 4,000 false or misleading claims since becoming president, an average of roughly 7.6 per day. What’s even more remarkable about Trump is that his lies aren’t even very creative, plausible, or hard to expose: He lies even when the lie is patently absurd and easy to expose. Just consider his latest big whopper: the bizarre claim that nearly 3,000 people didn’t really die as a result of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. According to our self-absorbed and truth-challenged president, the death toll was a fabrication made up by Democrats solely to make him look bad. Poor baby.

But does it really if Trump lies as easily as you or I draw breath? In particular, does it really undermine his ability to conduct foreign policy? Until recently, I’ve thought () that this simply had to be the case. And so have a number of other well-known scholars, such as Princeton University’s . The obvious fear was that given Trump’s proven track record of deceit, neither allies nor adversaries would believe

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