Donald Trump’s bizarre claim that homebuilders and farmers were crying when he signed an executive order to cut environmental regulations appears to be untrue.
That’s according to an official White House video at least, which shows the exact moment of the signing and no tears in sight.
Earlier this week, Trump spoke about the time he signed an order to weaken the Waters of the United States rule, which was introduced by Barack Obama to protect clean water.
They took your land away. If you had a puddle in the middle of your field, they considered it a lake. The rules and regulations made it impossible.
And I signed that, and behind me I had homebuilders and farmers mostly, and ranchers. And many of them never cried in their life, including when they were born, and they were crying.
Yeah. It’s true, though. They were crying behind me.
But you can judge for yourself what happened, as the White House filmed the signing.
It doesn't look like anyone was weeping behind him - unless there was someone crying out of shot...
The bizarre story was spotted by CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale.
Dale also noted that this isn’t even the first time Trump has attempted to claim he made people cry tears of joy.
In fact, Trump has a weird obsession with making people cry.
Especially people who didn’t even cry when they were a baby...
One day, we’ll look back at all of this stuff and wonder, “How on earth did this man become the president?”
And for the record, when Trump was asked in 2016 if he ever cried, he gave this typically rambling answer:
No, I’m not a big crier. I like to get things done. I’m not a big crier. I’m not someone who goes around crying a lot. But I know people like that. I know plenty of people that cry. They’re very good people. But I have not been a big crier.
Of course Trump doesn’t cry… he’s too busy getting things done.