Earlier this morning, Donald Trump was up and on Twitter, ready to begin the day by lying to America and making a global embarrassment of the country.
In several erratic tweets, Trump decided to begin his morning tweetstorm by focusing on Mexico and whining about how badly we need his disastrous Mexico-U.S. border wall. While his tweets contained several obvious lies such as his insistence that Mexico is still going to pay for the wall, his statements also contradicted his own Chief of Staff, John Kelly, about the details of the wall. But Trump’s more fear-mongering comment may have flown under the radar — and that’s why we’re exposing it here.
In one of Trump’s tweets, he stated that Mexico was the “number one most dangerous country in the world” to prove that America needs to protect itself. He said:
We need the Wall for the safety and security of our country. We need the Wall to help stop the massive inflow of drugs from Mexico, now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world. If there is no Wall, there is no Deal!”
To those who don’t keep their eyes on global affairs, it might be easy to believe Trump — but this was a blatant lie. Late last year, The World Economic Forum released their Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which analyzed 136 countries around the world for their safety and security. To rank the countries, the forum “measures the extent to which a country exposes tourists and businesses to security risks mainly related to serious harm to people (violence and terrorism).” Based on those findings, here are the countries that are actually the most dangerous places in the world:
20. Democratic Republic of the Congo
17. South Africa
3. El Salvador
You’ll not only notice that Mexico is not number one — Mexico isn’t even on the list! Trump is not only spreading misinformation to stir up racism and fears against the country, but he’s telling straight-up lies on purpose.
And somehow lost in the shuffle is the fact that Trump or his associates have business dealings with many of the countries that are on the list. In the Congo, for example, the resident dictator’s eyes lit up when Trump proposed an executive order that would have suspended the rule against selling “blood diamonds” in the United States. He’s trying to strengthen ties between America and Thailand, his campaign manager was a lobbyist for Ukraine, and the list goes on.
The President of the United States has a world full of information at his fingertips. All he needs to do is ask someone for the facts in order to avoid this. This is exactly why Trump is so dangerous. He doesn’t care about the truth, and he attacks anybody who does.
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