I've come to an internal default position regarding politicians....
They are lying.
Yup... that's it. Its that simple, and that all encompassing. Every politician, everywhere, of any kind, on any subject... is automatically assumed to be lying until proven different. Whether I agree with whatever they are saying or not, and no matter the subject under discussion.
Whatever any politician says is a lie, until proven different.
Should any politicritter tell me the sun was out, my instinctive default action would be to go check.... and take a flashlight with me.
It's the only reasonable position to take after generations of being constantly lied to by politicians on every subject under the sun, and quite a few that even the sun shies away from.