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Maybe this is so obvious it doesn’t bear mentioning. But it was only yesterday that I began thinking of Trump’s mendacity in a different way.

Appalled as so many others are by his constant lying, I’ve always assumed that it was a conscious choice — he could tell the truth if he wanted to, but winning all the time requires a different deliberative strategy. By now though he’s lied so much, the world he inhabits is total fiction. Trump can’t not lie. (How’s that for a double negative Mr. Grammarian-in-Chief!) To tell the truth would destroy the monument erected to himself by the most stable-smartest-greatest-genius-ever — the flimsiest of structures that would instantly collapse if it weren’t being constantly propped up by sycophantic praise and his own self-serving hyperbole. If he ever told the truth, he’d realize what a pathetic excuse for a human being he is, and we know that someone like him would never allow that to happen.

To wish, hope, or expect Trump to occupy the same room as truth — or to breathe a sigh of relief when he cracks open the door a bit — detracts us from this reality. It’s like the definition of insanity broadly attributed to Einstein: Doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Given the personality disorder now known as POTUS, nothing’s ever gonna change short of a national intervention that sends him off to either rehab or a prison.

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Concluding a round of golf with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, this weekend, President Trump had a forceful response to North Korea’s successful Sunday launch of an intermediate-range missile. “I said, ‘It won’t happen — the ‘so-called’ Pukguksong-2 wouldn’t go any farther than my par 4 golf drives and it didn’t,” the visibly angry president asserted. “My drive on the 7th hole went 350 yards, way beyond the distance that crooked, overrated, fake missile went.”

When it was pointed out to him that the South Korean military reported the rocket flew 310 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan, Mr. Trump advised everyone to look at the big picture, 350 vs. 310, and not get bogged down in details. His stubborn insistence on an alternate reality provoked widespread outrage forcing both Vice-President Pence and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway to take to the airwaves in defense.

“Look, the President has a right to express his beliefs. That’s why the American public elected him,” said Pence on Meet the Press. Conway, in a contentious interview with Jake Tapper on State of the Union, questioned why the media was focusing on such an insignificant issue. “Why aren’t you talking about the 2 birdies he had, and the 4 gimme putts he gave the prime minister as a sign of support for Japan. We don’t hear any of that from the national media.”

Back at Mar-a-Lago, Trump tweeted he would make North Korea’s leader, whom he pointedly called “Kim Dong-un” pay dearly for his latest provocation, and that all options were on the table. In a hastily called follow-up news conference, press secretary Sean Spicer announced: (1) Additional sanctions would include a ban on U.S.-made golf balls and hair products; and (2) The immediate withdrawal of the Trump Organization, in which the president holds no management role, from a billion-dollar deal to develop a championship golf course and luxury condominiums just outside of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. “The president,” he said, “will always put our country’s interests before his family’s profits.”

Early reports from Pyongyang indicate that Kim Jong-un intends to retaliate by wearing knock-offs of Ivanka Trump shoes.

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UPDATE: Granted the above might rate a 10 on a scale of absurdity, but where does that place what actually happened at Mar-a-Lago this weekend after news about the North Korean missile test reached the president: between 6-7? He and the Japanese prime minister huddled with aides at their dinner table to discuss this sensitive diplomatic matter in full view of other Mar-a-Lago diners, and within easy earshot of waiters who were busy bringing entrées. News accounts suggest that numerous security protocols were violated including the use of flashlights on unsecured cell phones that were called into use due to the dim candlelight of the outdoor terrace.

One club member, Richard DeAgazio, posted photos on his FB page, and was both clearly wowed to be at “the center of the action,” and impressed by the president’s demeanor: “He chooses to be out on the terrace, with the members. It just shows that he’s a man of the people,” DeAgazio said. [Editor’s note: If by “people” you mean those who can afford a recently doubled initiation fee of $200,000.]

But maybe we shouldn’t be too hard on a president who’s been in office for less than a month. After all, what better place to deal with an international crisis than in a roomful of wealthy Floridians where the chances are high that a retired diplomat having dessert might be all-too-happy to lend assistance.

Nice to know too that Kool-Aid is one of the drinks served at Mar-a-Lago.

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