Ben Carson: Obama can 'tell a lie to your face'
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Republican White House candidate Ben Carson on Friday stood by his remark that President Obama is a “psychopath,” saying the president displays the associated personality traits.

“I said he reminds you of a psychopath, because they tend to be extremely smooth, charming people who can tell a lie to your face,” Carson told host John Harwood on CNBC’s “Speakeasy.”

“It looks like sincerity, even though they know it’s a lie,” he said.

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Carson accused Obama, in particular, of insincerity on unemployment rates, which on Friday fell to the lowest level in seven years. 

“He knows full well that the unemployment rate is not 5.5 percent,” the 2016 hopeful said. “He knows that.”

“He knows that you can manipulate that number, and he knows that people who are not well-informed will swallow it hook, line and sinker — even though they are sitting there in the city and can’t find a job.”

“He plays fast and loose with the facts.”

Carson’s remarks were in response to Harwood’s question about whether he still believes Obama is a “psychopath.”

The retired neurosurgeon first used the label while describing Obama in a GQ profile published last month.

“Like most psychopaths, that’s why they’re successful,” Carson reportedly said of Obama’s appearance during his State of the Union address last year.

“That’s the way they look,” he argued. “They all look great.”

Carson launched his White House run on Monday from his hometown of Detroit.

“I got to tell you something: I’m not politically correct, and I’m probably never going to be politically correct because I’m not a politician, and I don’t want to be a politician,” he said during his campaign announcement.

“Politicians do what is politically expedient, and I want to do what’s right,” he added.

Carson joined a crowded 2016 GOP field containing Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (Texas), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria MORE (Ky.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE (Fla.) after declaring his Oval Office bid.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina stole some of Carson’s thunder by announcing her own 2016 bid the same afternoon.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) additionally joined next year’s race on Tuesday from his hometown of Hope, Ark.