Trump Tells Flat-Out Lie That the Military Had No Ammunition Before He Became President

Donald Trump is known for making bizarre and outlandish claims, but the last few days have really taken things to a new level.

Trump held a press availability at the White House following the news that the US would be withdrawing troops from Syria, paving the way for Turkish forces to advance. The move has faced condemnation from across the political spectrum, with even Trump’s former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeting her disapproval.

Though, as is so often the case, Trump is holding firm in the face of criticism.

During his press conference, he made some extremely bizarre claims about the military.

Trump said, “When I took over our military, we did not have ammunition. I was told by a top general, maybe the top of them all, ‘Sir, I’m sorry sir, we don’t have ammunition.’ I said, I will never let that happen to another president.”

Of course it is ridiculous to claim that the military “did not have ammunition”. Remember the various wars and conflicts that America has been engaging in for the last 20 years?

Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego—a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who sits on the House Armed Services Committee—was among those which quickly challenged Trump’s statement on social media.

“Again this is not true,” he wrote on Twitter. “I get briefings as a member of the House Armed Services Committee on our munitions stockpile all over the world. We have never run out of ammunition.”

Gallego added, “Who is this top general? I will put them under oath before the House Armed Services Committee.”

Others on Twitter also called out Trump’s ridiculous lie:


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