Lying Liars

Trump Made Up the Restaurant Story He Shared With Generals

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

NBC News reported last week that Trump complained about our strategy in Afghanistan during a meeting with Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford by comparing their sessions to the stalled renovation of a restaurant in New York in 1987.

Trump reportedly said the restaurant hired an expensive consultant to tell them what to do when they should have just spoken to one the waiters or kitchen staff. This led to the renovation taking twice as long as planned, Trump said.

Page Six caught up with the former executive and owner of the 21 Club who say Trump's whole story is a fabrication.

In typical Trumpian fashion, it turns out that the morality tale he was trying to tell was just made up. That’s what “Page Six” has been told by the restaurant’s former CEO Ken Aretsky and former owner Marshall Cogan, who did not mince words in saying, “I have no idea what was in his head. I never have.” [...]

Not only did the renovation take half as long as Trump claimed, but Aretsky says they never hired a consultant. The kitchen was 60 years old at the time, ancient by restaurant standards, and they did put in all new equipment and ductwork. Aretsky says that he’s “proud of the job I did,” but “got a great kick out of” Trump’s story. At least someone was amused. As for why Trump spun this yarn? Cogan says that he thinks the president “has a psychological problem that only a therapist can define for you. I can’t.”

I'm not a therapist, but I'll take a stab at this one: he's a pathological liar.