It’s no secret to anyone who’s been paying to attention to Gov. Scott Walker’s career spent in politics that Walker is not above telling a lie when it furthers his own ambitions, but rarely does he ever have to answer for those lies.
However, now that he’s running for president, it seems some in the national news media aren’t going to let Scott Walker spoon feed them lies without at least fact-checking those lies. As reported in Time by Zeke Miller, Gov. Walker recently told a doozy of a lie about British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama to a roomful of Republican donors, presumably to win them over with his foreign policy “prowess.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says British Prime Minister David Cameron confided in him that he was concerned about the direction of American leadership. But there’s a problem with the Republican’s tidy critique of President Barack Obama: Cameron doesn’t remember it that way.
Walker, who has taken several trips overseas in recent months to study up on foreign policy in preparation for an all-but-certain presidential bid, told a roomful of Republican donors Friday that world leaders, including Cameron, are worried about the U.S. stepping back in the world. “The Prime Minister did not say that and does not think that,” a Downing Street spokesperson told TIME.
“I heard that from David Cameron back in February earlier when we were over at 10 Downing,” Walker said. “I heard it from other leaders around the world. They’re looking around realizing this lead from behind mentality just doesn’t work. It’s just not working.”
Walker’s campaign has not addressed Gov. Walker seemingly having been caught in a lie about President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, nor do I expect Gov. Walker or his campaign to admit he told a lie.