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Ukraine dishonesty blitz: Trump made 66 false claims final week

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Twenty-five of the 66 false claims have been associated to the Ukraine scandal.

Trump made 20 false claims on Twitter, 11 in a speech on Medicare at The Villages retirement group in Florida, and 10 in an alternate with reporters earlier than he boarded Marine One to go to wounded troopers.

Trump made a scientific effort to persuade folks that the whistleblower was extremely inaccurate about his July telephone name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, saying 9 occasions that the whistleblower was “virtually fully incorrect,” “manner off” and such.

The whistleblower was extremely correct.

The whistleblower’s criticism featured a three-point record of key allegations concerning the name. The tough transcript launched by the White Home itself proves all three factors are mainly proper: Trump sought to get Zelensky to research Joe Biden, to research the conspiracy concept about Democratic laptop servers, and to talk to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Lawyer Basic William Barr.

The whistleblower described these requests as strain, which Trump is entitled to dispute. However the underlying info should not in dispute.

Essentially the most revealing false declare: An assault on Van Jones

We do not give particular prominence to false claims about individuals who work for CNN, however Trump’s story about CNN host Van Jones was simply so bizarre.

We did an prolonged truth examine here. In brief: Trump, chatting with black conservatives, advised an extended story about how Jones, a black liberal who has praised him repeatedly over prison justice reform, had uncared for to reward him over prison justice reform on a current tv present, then privately apologized to him.

We might discover no proof for the existence of a tv present that resembled what Trump had mentioned. Jones says none of this ever occurred, that he by no means made any apology, and that he thinks…Trump is perhaps complicated him with entertainer John Legend, whom Trump had beforehand criticized whereas complaining about individuals failing to reward him over justice reform.

Whether or not Trump was mixing up two very completely different black males or assailing somebody who has gone out of his approach to be honest to him, this saga says one thing unflattering.

Essentially the most absurd false declare: Ukraine discuss

Trump’s name with Zelensky was the largest story in Washington final week. Trump’s opponents have been speaking about it at nice size.

Trump mentioned individuals weren’t speaking it in any respect.

“All I can let you know is that this: Once I converse to international leaders, I converse in an acceptable manner. In the event you discover, they do not point out the decision that I had with the president of Ukraine. They do not point out that as a result of it was so good,” Trump advised reporters.

Even by the requirements of Trump’s normal reality-reframing efforts, this one was particular.

Here is this week’s full record of false claims, beginning with those we have not beforehand included in a weekly replace:

The Ukraine scandal

The whistleblower criticism (9 claims)

Trump claimed 9 occasions that the whistleblower criticism about his July telephone name with the president of Ukraine was largely inaccurate, calling the whistleblower’s description of the decision, “completely incorrect,” “completely inaccurate,” “virtually fully incorrect,” “manner off” and a “fraud,” amongst different issues.

Info First: The whistleblower’s account of the decision was largely correct. Actually, the rough transcript launched by Trump himself confirmed that the whistleblower’s three main allegations concerning the name have been right or very near correct.

The whistleblower reported that Trump “pressured” Zelensky to research Biden and his son Hunter Biden, to assist in finding Democratic laptop servers and to talk with Trump’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Lawyer Basic William Barr.

Trump can argue that he was making pleasant requests, not making use of strain, however he did make all three requests.

The whistleblower additionally alleged that Trump urged Zelensky may need to hold Ukraine’s prosecutor common, Yuriy Lutsenko, on the job. The tough transcript doesn’t present Trump saying this. Nevertheless, it’s not a verbatim transcript.

The whistleblower’s info

“So if the so-called ‘Whistleblower’ has all second hand info, and virtually every part he has mentioned about my ‘good’ name with the Ukrainian President is incorrect (a lot to the embarrassment of Pelosi & Schiff)…” — October 1 tweet
Info First: A number of the whistleblower’s info got here from others, however some didn’t. Michael Atkinson, the Trump-appointed inspector common for the intelligence group, noted that the whistleblower had “direct data of sure alleged conduct.”

As we defined above, many of the whistleblower’s allegations concerning the name have been corroborated.

Mitch McConnell’s assertion

“I learn Mitch McConnell’s assertion yesterday, and he learn my telephone name. And, as you recognize, he put out a press release that mentioned that was essentially the most harmless telephone name he is learn. And I spoke to him about it, too. He learn my telephone name with the President of Ukraine. Mitch McConnell — he mentioned, ‘That was essentially the most harmless telephone name that I’ve learn.’ I imply, give me a break.” — October 3 exchange with reporters earlier than Marine One departure
“I’ve a variety of respect for Mitch McConnell. I do know that; I noticed his statements. And he thinks that that is ridiculous. He thinks it is unfair. I noticed his assertion yesterday that he put out the place he learn my telephone dialog and he thought it was an exquisite dialog. And it was.” — October 4 exchange with reporters earlier than Marine One departure
Info First: Trump was exaggerating how optimistic McConnell’s assertion was about his name with Zelensky. McConnell did say Democrats had “overplayed their hand” by making the decision the “launching level” for his or her impeachment push — “It is clear there isn’t a quid professional quo that the Democrats have been desperately praying for,” McConnell told Politico — however he didn’t describe the decision as “great” or say something resembling “that was essentially the most harmless telephone name that I’ve learn.”

A photograph of the Bidens

“Sleepy Joe mentioned he by no means spoke to the Ukrainian firm, after which the image got here out the place he was taking part in golf with the corporate boss and Hunter.” — October 6 tweet
Info First: The picture Trump seemed to be referencing doesn’t present Joe Biden taking part in golf with the “firm boss” of Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian pure gasoline firm the place his son Hunter Biden was a board member. The particular person within the picture is an American named Devon Archer, a longtime enterprise affiliate of Hunter Biden who has additionally served on the Burisma board. A board member will not be the “firm boss” — nor an “exec,” as a previous Trump tweet had recognized Archer.

The fourth particular person within the picture with Archer and the Bidens has not been publicly recognized, however he’s not Burisma proprietor Mykola Zlochevsky or prime government Taras Burdeinyi.

The decision transcript

“… All as a result of they did not know that I had a transcript completed by very, very proficient individuals, phrase for phrase, comma for comma, completed by folks that do it for a dwelling. We had an actual transcript, and once we produced that transcript, they died, since you have a look at the whistleblower assertion, and it is vicious. Vicious.” — October 2 news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Info First: The doc launched by the White Home explicitly says, on the primary web page, that it’s not an actual transcript.

“A Memorandum of a Phone Dialog (TELCON) will not be a verbatim transcript of a dialogue. The textual content on this doc information the notes and recollections of State of affairs Room Responsibility officers and NSC coverage workers assigned to pay attention and memorialize the dialog in written kind because the dialog takes place. Numerous components can have an effect on the accuracy of the report, together with poor telecommunications connections and variations in accent and/or interpretation,” the doc says.

Speak of the decision

“All I can let you know is that this: Once I converse to international leaders, I converse in an acceptable manner. In the event you discover, they do not point out the decision that I had with the President of Ukraine. They do not point out that as a result of it was so good.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

Info First: On the contrary, Trump’s name with Ukraine’s President was the topic of widespread dialogue amongst members of Congress and within the media on the time; it was a central focus of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

Hunter Biden’s Ukraine wage (two claims)

“To have him get a billion and a half {dollars}, to have him — and now I am listening to the variety of $50,000 a month. Now I am listening to the variety of $50,000 a month may be very low. It is a a lot greater quantity that Biden’s son was getting monthly. The very fact is it is a lot greater. And for him to — and for him, as a complete — for him, as a completely unqualified particular person, to be getting a whole bunch of 1000’s a month may be very, very (inaudible).” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

“It’s INCREDIBLE to observe and skim the Faux Information and the way they pull out all stops to guard Sleepy Joe Biden and his thrown out of the Navy son, Hunter, who was handed $100,000 a month (Plus,Plus) from a Ukrainian based mostly firm, regardless that he had no expertise in power…” — October 6 tweet
Info First: There was no foundation for Trump to leap from “$50,000 a month” to “a whole bunch of 1000’s a month” simply moments later, or to make the determine “$100,000.” The New York Occasions reported that Hunter Biden was paid “as a lot as $50,000 monthly in some months” for his position on the board of administrators of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian pure gasoline firm.

“Seven or eight occasions”

“… as a result of the whistleblower report — did not he say, seven or eight occasions I mentioned ‘quid professional quo’?” — October 2 information convention with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Info First: The whistleblower report didn’t even use the phrases “quid professional quo,” a lot much less specify quite a few occasions Trump allegedly mentioned them. Trump gave the impression to be complicated the whistleblower report with a Wall Road Journal article — revealed earlier than the tough transcript was launched — that mentioned, “President Trump in a July telephone name repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to research Joe Biden’s son, based on individuals conversant in the matter, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight occasions to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe that would hamper Mr. Trump’s potential 2020 opponent.”
The “eight” determine might not be right. (Trump didn’t point out Biden’s son or Giuliani eight occasions within the tough transcript — however it’s not an actual transcript, and ABC Information counted eight occasions that Trump talked about that he made some kind of request of Zelensky.) Regardless, the determine will not be from the whistleblower report.

A newspaper mix-up

Chatting with reporters at an October 2 assembly with the Finnish President, Trump advised a narrative about how he knew a brand new e book on his immigration coverage was inaccurate as a result of it was written by journalists from The Washington Put up.

Info First: The Put up had nothing to do with the e book, “Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration.” It was written by two New York Occasions journalists, and an adaptation was revealed as an article within the Occasions.

Trump’s ask

“However when a whistleblower takes that very good, harmless — Lindsey Graham mentioned ‘I by no means knew you have been that good an individual.’ He mentioned, ‘You by no means requested him for something. You have been actually, very nice.’ Lindsey was saying, ‘I by no means knew you have been so good. That was an ideal dialog.'” — October 2 exchange with reporters at assembly with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Info First: We won’t truth examine how good or not-nice Trump was to Zelensky, however it’s flat false that he by no means requested Zelensky for something. Once more, Trump requested him to look into Biden and the scenario with the server, and to talk with Giuliani and Barr. Actually, previous to launching into the request concerning the server, Trump mentioned, “I would love you to do us a favor although.”

You may learn a full truth examine of this declare here.

The unemployment price (4 claims)

“However the unemployment numbers simply got here out: 3.5% unemployment. And that may be a large quantity; the bottom in over 50 years.” And: “We’ve the very best job numbers we have had in 51 years.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

“Final month, the unemployment price dropped to the bottom degree in over 51 years — 3.5%.” — October 4 speech at Younger Black Management Summit
“The unemployment price has reached a 51-year low.” — October 3 speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida
“Unemployment Charge simply dropped to three.5%, the bottom in additional that 50 years. Is that an impeachable occasion in your President?” — October 6 tweet
Info First: This was one in all Trump’s trademark little exaggerations of numbers that would appear to want no embellishment. The three.5% unemployment rate for September was the bottom since December 1969 — slightly below 50 years in the past, not “over 50 years” or “over 51 years” in the past.

Van Jones

In his October Four speech to the Younger Black Management Summit, Trump advised an in depth story about watching a tv present through which CNN host Van Jones, a distinguished advocate for prison justice reform, omitted Trump from an extended record of individuals to thank for the justice reform invoice Trump signed final yr, the First Step Act — although Jones had thanked the Rev. Al Sharpton. Trump mentioned Jones later spoke to Jared Kushner and “he apologized.”

Info First: Jones mentioned Friday that he has by no means made any such apology to Trump or Kushner. He has by no means praised Sharpton on his CNN present, and he has habitually given Trump credit score for the First Step Act — together with in a CNN appearance three weeks ago, through which he mentioned, “I believe Trump has gotten too little credit score for what he did on prison justice reform.” Jones mentioned Friday: “I actually have no idea what he is speaking about.”
You may learn a full truth examine of this declare here.

An award “from the Marines”

“…I’d say, in 2015, I sat with Joe (Dunford) at a dinner. And consider it or not, I used to be getting an enormous award from the Marines. And Joe was presenting the awards…” — September 30 speech at welcome ceremony for brand spanking new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, Gen. Mark Milley

Info First: It appears potential that Trump was genuinely confused, not being deliberately deceiving, however the award he acquired was not from the Marine Corps; it was from a charitable basis that has the phrases “Marine Corps” in its title: the Marine Corps-Legislation Enforcement Basis, which gives monetary help to the kids of Marines and legislation enforcement personnel who’ve been killed.

Trump may also have been confused as a result of the award was referred to as the Commandant’s Management Award, and Dunford, then commandant of the Marines, did hand it to him.

“President Trump acquired the award for his assist to our army and legislation enforcement. The Marines Corps will not be concerned within the alternative,” basis government director Sue Boulhosa mentioned in an e-mail to CNN.

An inaccurate map

On October 1, Trump tweeted a map that purported to point out the county-by-county outcomes of the 2016 presidential election. The phrases “Attempt to impeach this” have been written on prime of the map.

Info First: The map inaccurately displayed a number of blue counties received by Hillary Clinton as pink counties received by Trump.

You may learn our full truth examine here.

Trump’s ballot numbers

“In the event you have a look at what’s occurred with my polls, they’re by the roof. You already know why? Due to this phony witch hunt.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

Info First: “Via the roof” is a obscure phrase, however there isn’t a signal of Trump’s ballot numbers considerably rising on account of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry or their investigation into his dealings with Ukraine. FiveThirtyEight’s poll average had him at 41.6% approval with 53.8% disapproval on the day he spoke right here, practically similar to his 41.4% approval with 53.9% disapproval a month prior.
CNN senior author and analyst Harry Enten wrote here about how current polls do not present proof of a pro-Trump backlash.

The historical past of wage development

“Persons are working. They’re earning money. The — if you happen to have a look at one essential quantity that was simply introduced: wages up 3%. That is unprecedented. That is unprecedented. So, it is an ideal factor.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

Info First: Wage development round 3% will not be “unprecedented.” (Observe: it was 2.9% in September, the month Trump was boasting about.) Although 3% is best than the wage development throughout many of the Obama presidency, wage development was 3.2% or greater for nine consecutive months between Aug. 2008 and April 2009. It was additionally above 3% from April 2007 by Nov. 2007.

It is price noting that the 2008-2009 interval of wage development over 3% occurred throughout the Nice Recession, a reminder that wage development will not be the one factor we should always have a look at to measure financial well being. (Wage development did decline over the course of the recession, hitting 1.7% in Nov. 2010.)

New York’s anti-discrimination tips

“I’ll by no means enable these politicians to steal your well being care and provides it away to unlawful aliens. And now, in New York, I hear they handed a brand new regulation that, if you happen to use the phrase, ‘unlawful immigrant’ — did I hear accurately? They need to cost you a tremendous of $250,000. In different phrases, promote your property in The Villages since you occurred to say, ‘We do not like unlawful immigrants pouring into our nation illegally.'” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Info First: New York Metropolis’s new human rights authorized enforcement tips prohibit the usage of the phrase “unlawful alien,” not “unlawful immigrant,” when the phrase “unlawful alien” is used “with intent to demean, humiliate, or harass an individual” — within the context of employment, housing or public lodging, not in different contexts. The utmost tremendous is $250,000.

Circumstances within the VA well being care system (two claims)

“… you recognize, earlier than me, each evening you’d see these tales, these horror tales concerning the VA. I have never seen one in a very long time. Now, I do not need to want it as a result of the pretend information will search the system to seek out anyone that is not blissful. ‘We discovered anyone. We discovered a vet in Florida who is not fairly pleased with every part. Let’s do a significant story.’ However do you keep in mind all the dangerous tales that was concerning the VA? Now you do not see that as a result of they’ve accountability. We are able to hearth dangerous individuals.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

“You already know, by the way in which, simply because lots of people are vets — the vets have been handled horribly. You do not hear that anymore. You do not hear it. Now, they’re going to exit and discover some vet someplace on this nation that is not blissful. And that particular person will grow to be a star in a single day, proper? However you do not hear it anymore.” — October Four speech at Younger Black Management Summit

Info First: We won’t ensure of what Trump himself has been advised about situations on the VA, however it’s simply not true that the remainder of us now not hear about veterans being handled badly at VA services.

Merely throughout the two months previous to Trump’s feedback, there have been information tales about “11 suspicious deaths on the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Heart,” “How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 circumstances” and wasn’t fired till 2018, how “a Veterans Affairs medical center in West Virginia is being investigated over allegations that one in all its physicians sexually assaulted greater than a dozen sufferers,” and the way a veteran at a VA facility in Georgia was allegedly bitten by ants “100 occasions earlier than his dying.”

Listed below are the claims Trump made final week that we’ve got beforehand truth checked in one in all these weekly roundups:

The Ukraine scandal

Adam’s Schiff’s feedback (4 claims)

“Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & horrible assertion, pretended it to be mine as a very powerful a part of my name to the Ukrainian President, and skim it aloud to Congress and the American individuals. It bore NO relationship to what I mentioned on the decision. Arrest for Treason?” — September 30 tweet
“Congressman Adam Schiff ought to resign for the Crime of, after studying a transcript of my dialog with the President of Ukraine (it was good), fraudulently fabricating a press release of the President of the USA and studying it to Congress, as if mine! He’s sick!” — October 2 tweet
“Not a factor incorrect. Until you heard the Adam Schiff model, the place he made up my dialog. He truly made it up. It ought to be prison. It ought to be treasonous.” And: “He ought to resign from workplace in shame. And, frankly, they need to have a look at him for treason as a result of he’s making up the phrases of the President of the USA. Not solely phrases, however the which means. And it is a shame. It shouldn’t be allowed to occur.” — October 2 exchange with reporters at assembly with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö
“Schiff has additionally dedicated a criminal offense, maybe treason, in making up a horrible assertion and studying it to Congress, and the American individuals, as if it was the assertion of the President of the USA, me.” — October 4 tweet
Info First: Whereas it is honest for Trump to be miffed about Schiff’s feedback at a congressional committee assembly — Schiff’s mixture of near-quotes from Trump, his personal evaluation, and supposed “parody” was on the very least confusing — Schiff’s phrases weren’t unlawful, a lot much less “treason.”
As we defined here, the Structure features a particular provision that enables members of Congress to talk freely throughout official conferences. The Structure additionally has a selected definition of treason that Schiff’s feedback don’t come near satisfying.

Whistleblower guidelines

“WHO CHANGED THE LONG STANDING WHISTLEBLOWER RULES JUST BEFORE SUBMITTAL OF THE FAKE WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT? DRAIN THE SWAMP!” — September 30 tweet

Info First: The whistleblower guidelines weren’t modified.

Trump could have been basing his assertion on an inaccurate article revealed by the conservative web site The Federalist, which he had tweeted out the earlier weekend. You may learn our full truth examine here.

A letter from Democratic senators

“… as a result of the whistleblower report — did not he say, seven or eight occasions I mentioned ‘quid professional quo’? … In all equity, you have got not less than 4 United States senators — Democrats — that mentioned it. They usually mentioned it rather a lot stronger than even Schiff and his made-up story mentioned it.” — October 2 information convention with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Info First: Trump was referring to a 2018 letter from Democratic senators to Ukraine’s prosecutor common. The letter didn’t embody any quid professional quo; opposite to Trump’s earlier claims, the senators by no means made a risk to disclaim cash to Ukraine if the nation did not do as they requested.

Within the letter, the senators expressed concern a couple of New York Occasions report that Ukraine had, to keep away from Trump’s wrath, stopped cooperating with the Mueller investigation and frozen investigations into former Trump marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The senators urged Ukraine to reverse course if the report was right.

You may learn our full truth examine here.

Navy and international affairs

Navy spending

“… Joe (Dunford) revealed the primary Joint Navy Internet Evaluation in 20 years. We’ve a variety of the concepts that we have introduced ahead. And, you recognize, we have spent $2.5 trillion since I am President — $2.5 trillion — way over this nation has ever even thought of spending.” — September 30 speech at welcome ceremony for brand spanking new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, Gen. Mark Milley

Info First: Trump was exaggerating. As famous by Todd Harrison, director of protection finances evaluation on the Heart for Strategic and Worldwide Research, whole protection spending for fiscal years 2017, 2018 and 2019 was $2.05 trillion — and that features greater than three-and-a-half months of Obama’s tenure, because the 2017 fiscal yr started in October 2016.

Harrison mentioned he thinks Trump will need to have been together with army funding for the 2020 fiscal yr to get to “$2.5 trillion” determine — however because the 2020 fiscal yr hadn’t even began on the time Trump spoke, Harrison mentioned, “that funding has not been ‘spent’ in any sense of the phrase. Moreover, the precise appropriations payments for FY20 are nonetheless pending in Congress.” Whereas a finances deal earlier within the yr allocates as much as $738 billion for protection, Harrison mentioned, “till the appropriation invoice is handed, the cash can’t be spent.”

The nuclear arsenal

“Our nuclear has been completely rebuilt; some model new and a few refurbished.” — September 30 speech at welcome ceremony for brand spanking new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, Gen. Mark Milley

Info First: Specialists say that Trump has not but applied important adjustments to the US nuclear arsenal. “I’m not conscious that Trump can declare to have completed something for the state of the nuclear arsenal — however nothing pressing wanted to be completed anyway,” mentioned Scott Kemp, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how Laboratory for Nuclear Safety and Coverage, who served as a State Division adviser on arms management early within the Obama administration.

You may learn an extended truth examine here.

Venezuela’s wealth

“You have a look at Venezuela; check out that. Fifteen years in the past, it is one of many wealthiest nations. Now they do not have meals.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Info First: Venezuela was not one of many world’s wealthiest nations 15 years in the past.

The Worldwide Financial Fund ranked Venezuela 67th on the earth in 2004 by GDP per capita, at $4,019 (US) — higher than greater than half of the world’s nations, however nowhere close to the highest.

“Venezuela was one of many richest nations on the earth 60 years in the past. The richest in Latin America 40 years in the past. However not 20 years in the past,” Ricardo Hausmann, a former Venezuelan planning minister and central financial institution board member, mentioned in response to a earlier model of this Trump declare. Hausmann, now a Harvard College professor of financial growth, was chief economist of the Inter-American Improvement Financial institution from 1994 to 2000.

Immigration

The border wall

“Huge sections of The Wall are being constructed at our Southern Border. It’s going up quickly, and constructed to the very best requirements and specs of the Border Patrol specialists. It’s truly a tremendous construction! Our U.S. Navy is doing a GREAT job.” — October 2 tweet

Info First: No new miles of border wall had been constructed throughout Trump’s presidency as of September 30, based on a truth sheet from Customs and Border Safety. Over Trump’s tenure in workplace, 69 miles of obstacles had been constructed in locations the place “dilapidated and outdated” obstacles had existed earlier than; that is a tempo of about half a mile of substitute barrier per week.

Democrats and borders (two claims)

“You already know, on the border, the place they need the open insurance policies — they need open borders. They do not need partitions.” — October 4 speech at Younger Black Management Summit

“Additionally they need to have open borders, so the individuals can simply are available in and do no matter they need to do.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Info First: Even Democratic presidential candidates who advocate the decriminalization of the act of illegally getting into the nation, similar to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and City Improvement Secretary Julián Castro, don’t assist fully unrestricted migration, as Trump suggests. Opposing a border wall will not be the identical as supporting open borders.

Mexican troops on the border

“Mexico gave us 27,000 troopers guarding our border and the numbers are manner down. Twenty-seven thousand. I need to thank Mexico — the federal government and the president.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Info First: Mexico has deployed a considerable variety of troops, however Trump exaggerated what number of are being stationed close to the US border particularly. Performing Customs and Border Safety commissioner Mark Morgan told reporters in September that 10,000 of the roughly 25,000 troops have been on Mexico’s personal southern border: “They’ve created a brand new nationwide guard inside their nation: 10,000 troops to the southern border; 15,000 troops to the northern border with the USA.” Trump himself said in late July that 6,000 of the troops have been close to Guatemala.

Financial system and commerce

Wage development (two claims)

“Once I was campaigning three years in the past, and folks have been making much less and fewer and fewer –they have been making much less three years in the past. You return 20 years from then, they used to earn more money with one job than they made with two or three jobs. And now, for the primary time in lots of, a few years, wages are rising once more.” — October Four speech at Younger Black Management Summit

“And, I believe, actually, essential — once more, I will say: Wages are up. Once I was operating, wages have been nowhere. They have been taking place. And folks have been having two and three jobs, they usually have been making much less cash than they made 20 years earlier than. Now wages are up. So we’re very blissful about that.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

Info First: Wages have been rising since 2014, utilizing one frequent measure.

There are numerous methods to measure wage development. Median normal weekly earnings, a method that’s continuously cited, started rising in mid-2014 — although slowly — after a decline that started within the recession yr of 2009. Median normal weekly warnings went from $330 per week within the second quarter of 2014 to $349 per week within the fourth quarter of 2016.

Trump might precisely boast that wage development throughout his presidency has been sooner than beneath Obama, however he’s incorrect that that is the primary time there was any enhance in 20 years.

Who’s paying Trump’s tariffs on China

[email protected] ‘forgot’ to report that we’re serving to the nice farmers of the USA to the tune of 28 Billion {Dollars}, for the final two years, paid for out of Tariffs paid to the USA by China for focusing on the farmer. They devalued their forex, due to this fact paying the fee!” — October 6 tweet
Info First: A bevy of economic studies has discovered that People are bearing the overwhelming majority of the tariff prices, and People make the precise tariff funds.

World Commerce Group victories

“You by no means had wins with different presidents, did you? However we’re having a variety of wins on the WTO since I turned president…Your wins are actually, as a result of they suppose I do not just like the WTO, they usually need to be certain that I am blissful. As a result of all of these nations have been ripping off the USA for a few years. They know that I am sensible to it. We have had a variety of wins.” — October 2 information convention with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Info First: The US had many wins on the World Commerce Group beneath different presidents. Opposite to Trump’s repeated assertion, the US has lengthy been profitable in WTO disputes: his personal Council of Financial Advisers said in a report in February 2018 that the US had received 86% of the circumstances it has introduced since 1995. The worldwide common was 84% and China’s determine 67%, based on the council.
As a reporter famous on this alternate with Trump, the WTO case that prompted his boasting right here, over European subsidies to Airbus, was more than a decade old; the newest US victory within the case is the newest in a sequence that dates back to the early Obama administration.

As is customary for the WTO, the US has tended to lose circumstances the place it’s defending the case quite than bringing it — however even in these circumstances, Trump’s advisers famous that the US did higher (a 25% victory price) than the world common (17%) or China’s price (simply 5%).

A Bloomberg Legislation evaluation in March of this yr found that the US success price in circumstances it brings to the WTO had elevated extraordinarily barely since Trump took workplace, from 84.8% in 2016 to 85.4%, so there is a kernel of fact to Trump’s declare.

The commerce deficit with the European Union

“America’s commerce deficit with the EU has been averaging $160 billion a yr for a lot of, a few years.” — October 2 press convention with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Info First: The commerce deficit with the European Union was $114.6 billion in 2018, $101.2 billion in 2017, $92.5 billion in 2016.

The deficit was $169.6 billion in 2018 if you happen to solely depend commerce in items and ignore commerce in providers. However Trump did not specify that he was utilizing this extra restricted measure.

Prescription drug costs (two claims)

“…we have already had the primary yr in 51 years the place drug costs have come down, and we’ll get drug costs a lot decrease — prescription drug costs.” — October 3 interview with Fox 35 Orlando

“Costs coming down. As I mentioned, prescription drug costs — first time in over 50 years, Alex, that drug costs have come down for the yr. Your common prescription drug worth — first time in 50 years — over 50 years.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Info First: This was one other slight exaggeration. Prescription drug costs declined final yr for the primary time in 46 years, based on one in all a number of measures. You may learn an extended model of this truth examine here.

Reputation and accomplishments

The 2016 election end result

“The Do Nothing Democrats ought to be centered on build up our Nation, not losing everybody’s time and power on BULLSHIT, which is what they’ve been doing ever since I acquired overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a greater candidate this time, you may want it.” — October 2 tweet

Info First: Hillary Clinton earned 232 votes within the Electoral School, not 223. This was not a one-time slip; Trump has habitually mentioned “223.”

Veterans Selection (4 claims)

Trump claimed 4 occasions that he was the one who acquired the Veterans Selection well being care program handed, saying as soon as that others had tried to get it handed for “over 45 years” and as soon as that this had occurred for “50 years.”

Info First: The Selection invoice, a bipartisan initiative led by Sens. Bernie Sanders and the late John McCain, was signed into law by Barack Obama in 2014. In 2018, Trump signed the VA Mission Act, which expanded and altered this system.

Approval with Republicans (three claims)

“95% Approval Score within the Republican Social gathering, and report setting fundraising that has taken place over the previous two weeks. Thanks!” — October 3 tweet

“I’ve a 95% approval ranking within the Republican Social gathering.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

“95% Approval Score in Republican Social gathering. Thanks!” — October 6 tweet

Info First: Trump’s approval ranking amongst Republicans may be very excessive, frequently within the 80s and typically creeping into the 90s, however it has not been 94% in any current ballot.

Trump was at 88% with Republicans, for instance, in a Quinnipiac College poll performed from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29, 80% in an Ipsos poll performed Sept. 30 and Oct . 1, and 87% in Gallup data gathered from Sept. 16 to Sept. 30.

The particular election in North Carolina’s ninth District

Trump claimed throughout an October Four alternate with reporters that Dan Bishop, the Republican who received the September particular election in North Carolina’s ninth District, had been “down by 17 factors with three weeks to go.”

Info First: Bishop was not down 17 factors in any public ballot; some did have him trailing by single-digit margins.

You may learn an extended truth examine of this declare here.

The particular election in North Carolina’s third District

Trump claimed throughout an October Four alternate with reporters that Greg Murphy, the Republican who received the September particular election in North Carolina’s third District, had been”up by a little or no bit” and had been “virtually tied.”

Info First: Murphy’s race was by no means near a tie; he had all the time been closely favored to win. One late ballot had him up by 11 factors.

You may learn an extended truth examine of this declare here.

Proper to Attempt (two claims)

“Now we acquired that authorized — Proper to Attempt. And, by the way in which, miracles are occurring. Proper? Miracles. Miracles are occurring. Hopefully, it by no means occurs to anyone on this room. However, frankly, individuals would go to Asia, they’d go to Europe, they’d go all around the world looking for a remedy, if they’d cash. In the event that they did not have cash, they’d go dwelling they usually’d die. However now they do not have to try this.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

“…now you need to use medicines as they get developed, if you happen to’re terminally sick. They name it the Proper to Attempt. Proper to Attempt. If anyone’s terminally sick [before the Right to Try law], they should go to different nations, or simply actually die. And we’ve got the very best scientists, we’ve got the very best docs on the earth. We’ve nice issues, however they’re in a pipeline, you could not use them, and we’ve got now the best to attempt.” — October Three interview with Fox 35 Orlando

Info First: It isn’t true that terminally sick sufferers who didn’t have the cash to journey would merely should go dwelling and die till Trump signed the Proper to Attempt legislation in 2018. Previous to the legislation, sufferers did should ask the federal authorities for permission to entry experimental drugs — however the authorities virtually all the time mentioned sure. Scott Gottlieb, who served as Trump’s FDA commissioner till April, advised Congress in 2017 that the FDA had authorized 99% of affected person requests. “Emergency requests for particular person sufferers are normally granted instantly over the telephone and non-emergency requests are typically processed inside a couple of days,” he testified.

Hillary Clinton’s emails

“So Crooked Hillary Clinton can delete and acid wash 33,000 emails AFTER getting a Subpoena from the USA Congress…” — October 5 tweet

Info First: A server firm working for Hillary Clinton deleted emails utilizing a free software program program referred to as BleachBit. The software program entails neither precise bleach nor acid.

You may learn an extended truth examine of Trump’s claims about these emails here.

Pre-existing situations

“We’ve made a transparent promise to America’s sufferers: We are going to all the time shield sufferers with pre-existing situations. The Republicans will all the time shield pre-existing situations.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Info First: We normally do not fact-check guarantees, however this one has already proved unfaithful. The Trump administration and congressional Republicans have repeatedly put ahead bills and lawsuits that might weaken Obamacare’s protections for individuals with pre-existing situations. Trump is at the moment supporting a Republican lawsuit that’s looking for to declare all of Obamacare void. He has not issued a plan to reinstate the legislation’s protections for individuals with pre-existing situations if the swimsuit succeeds.





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