Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump seems to have developed an odd case of amnesia during his sworn deposition in the Trump University lawsuit. The candidate could not recall specific events, documents, claims, or people related to the case. This prompted the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Jason Forge, to question Trump about his boast of having “one of the best memories in the world.”
According to previously unreleased deposition testimony, Trump replied by stating that thought he had a “good” or a “great” memory but did not recall his boast of having the best memory in the world.
“So you don’t remember saying that you have one of the best memories in the world?” Forge asked.
“I remember you telling me, but I don’t know that I said it,” Trump replied.
Stating that he didn’t remember saying that he had the “world’s greatest memory” would seem like a reasonable excuse if Trump had made the boast a few months or years ago. However, that wasn’t the case.
NBC News reporter Katy Tur reports that during an interview three weeks earlier, Trump told her that he had “the world’s best memory.”
And that wasn’t Trump’s first time making that particular bold claim. Last year in November, Trump tried to defend the validity of his controversial 9/11 statements, by once again claiming to have the “world’s greatest memory.”
During the deposition, Trump also tried to defend a lie told by a former Trump University instructor who told his students that he and the billionaire had met for dinner. Trump tried to downplay the importance of the former instructor’s dishonesty.
“A lot of people say they met with me and they were with me and all of that stuff. It happens all the time. I think it’s hyperbole,” Trump said. Students liked Trump University courses, and the main issue is how well the instructors taught, Trump said.
“It would be false for me to say that you and I had breakfast together this morning; right?” Forge asked.
“Yes, it’s sort of false. It would depend on how you meant it, how you said it,” Trump replied. “We sort of had lunch together.”
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