When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the Toronto Star's Washington bureau chief was tasked with fact checking the new President's public statements. That bureau chief, Daniel Dale, got so good at spotting the lies, false claims, alternative facts and half-truths that CNN eventually recruited him to do the job for them.

Since 2017, President Trump has kept Dale busy. Very busy. And Trump's Thursday Oval Office presser once again gave Dale plenty to wade through.

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The COVID-19 strand of coronavirus now has over a thousand diagnosed cases in the United States and has claimed the lives of more than 30 people. Numerous events and celebrations around the world have been cancelled, talk shows and sports are being filmed without an audience, and entire countries are going on lockdown.

After numerous missteps and dismissals of the threat posed by the virus, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday night in a speech that was widely panned by viewers for seeming erratic and even fearful.

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President Donald Trump waits to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 24, 2019. (Photo by Alex Ellinghausen/The Sydney Morning Herald via Getty Images)

It's been 247 days since the last (once-daily) White House Press Briefing. While White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham may not be working, she insists that her boss, President Donald Trump, is—despite the first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against him.

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During a whirlwind day in Washington, President Donald Trump spoke to reporters in the Oval Office at a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

It didn't exactly go well.

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A lot can be said about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—and many people do—but it cannot be said she has no sense of humor. Anyone who enjoyed one of her speaking engagements or talk show appearances could see that humor on display.

And the former Democratic Senator for New York is even willing to joke about getting almost 3 million more votes than the other guy but not becoming President. One main issue during the 2016 election was emails sent and received by then Secretary of State Clinton on a private email server.

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President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on July 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

It could have been just a misstatement had President Donald Trump been willing to simply apologize and move on.

Instead, Trump is still trying to vindicate his September 1 tweet, which said Hurricane Dorian would be headed for Alabama. It prompted a swift correction from the National Weather Service and a subsequent angry tweet. Days later, Trump gave updates on Dorian in the Oval Office, where he displayed a six day old map of Dorian's outdated trajectory. The cone of uncertainty in the graph was altered with black permanent marker to include Alabama. When asked to explain what it was, Trump said, "I don't know. I don't know. I don't know."

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There's a famous moment in Jurassic Park where Dr. Alan Grant instructs on how to avoid the jaws of an oncoming Tyrannosaurus Rex: "Don't move! He can't see you if you don't move!"

Today, Vice President Mike Pence heeded that advice in a similar attempt to avoid a dinosaur with tiny hands.

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