Lying Liars

Trump Made Up the Restaurant Story He Shared With Generals

JM Ashby
Written by JM 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.

  • notanncoulter

    has ANYTHING he has said been true?

  • muselet

    Kevin Drum took a shot at analyzing Donald Trump’s lies yesterday. After quoting the New York Times on the lies of Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, he said:

    Ah, those were the good old days. Presidents lied infrequently, but when they did, they told real whoppers. And those whoppers were designed to cover up serious misdeeds.

    This is what makes Donald Trump so different. He tells lies constantly, but his lies are mostly trivial. It’s easy to understand why Nixon or Clinton lied, regardless of whether we approve. But it’s not so easy to understand the point of Trump’s torrent of fibs. Can he not help himself? Does he genuinely not understand what he’s doing? Is he unable to deal with the possibility that he isn’t the greatest human being in the history of the planet? It’s a mystery.

    One way or the other, he sure is one weird dude.

    That Trump would not tell the truth about how and why and for how long the 21 Club was closed is slightly less surprising than discovering that water is wet.


  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    It isn’t surprising when its found out Trump has told a lie. What is rare is when he tells the truth. And in many areas of his life I don’t know if he remembers what is real and what he’s made up -or cares.

  • mnpollio

    Well feel free to put up your shingle, because that sounds like a dead on diagnosis to me.

  • Georgie

    “I have no idea what was in his head. I never have.” well played Mr Cogan.

    • Badgerite

      Pumpkin seeds. I’m guessing.

      • Victor the Crab

        More like an overworked hamster on a treadmill that just threw in the towel.

    • notanncoulter

      flies on meth?
      ghost of benito mussolini on acid?

  • Badgerite

    Bingo. Not particularly shocked. trump is a pathological liar and the sun rises and sets.

    • Yeah, this isn’t rocket surgery or brain science. 😏

      Seriously, he’s as clearly a pathological liar as he is narcissistic.

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