Trump reverses his usual dishonesty and makes 81 false allegations


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He gave fact-checkers only a brief pause. Back in Washington and back to interviews and campaign rallies, Trump made 81 false claims last week. This is tied with the fifth highest total in the 27 weeks that we count on CNN.

It was an eclectic plot of dishonesty. Among other things, Trump received undeserved credit for the Ethiopia-Eritrean peace deal and the drop in the US cancer mortality rate, absurdly claimed that NATO "had no money" before his presidency, wrongly denied that his golf excursions cost taxpayers money, and he repeated his usual varied inaccuracies about impeachment, immigration and the nuclear deal with Iran.

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Trump made 27 of the false claims at his campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio. He turned 16 in a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham. He made six in his speech on the regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act, another 10 in his exchange with reporters after the speech.

The total of 81 false claims by Trump last week was above the average of 61 per week. Trump has now had 1,636 false statements since July 8, an average of nine a day.

The most blatant, most blatant allegation: defamation of Democrats

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Prominent Democrats had a consistent response to Trump's decision to kill Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani: criticize Trump's decision and say nothing good about Soleimani.

Trump, however, said he was saying good things about the top Iranian general.

Appearing on Rush Limbaugh's radio show on January 6, Trump said, "Democrats are trying to make him look like he was that wonderful human being." Speaking to reporters after the Jan. 9 speech on environmental regulation, he said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "trying to defend this Iranian monster".

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At a press conference the same morning as the Trump regulatory event, Pelosi had called Soleimani is a "terrible person" who "did bad things".

The most revealing false claim: Ethiopia and the Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in large part for Ahmed's successful effort to strike a peace deal with neighboring Eritrea.

Trump is a candidate for incorrigible acclaim that was Open about your desire for a Nobel. At his January 9 rally, he stated that he was a more deserving recipient than Ahmed – not because of any other initiative of his, but because, he suggested, it was he who really did the big deal in Ethiopia. "I made a deal. I saved a country and I just heard that the head of that country is now receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country," he complained.
That left Ethiopians perplexed. Experts in Ethiopia say there is no sign that Trump has played an important role in the deal.

The most false absurd statement: Trump and cancer

The American Cancer Society has issued a report saying the cancer mortality rate fell in 2017 for the 26th consecutive year. Trump suggested that his government was somehow responsible for this 26th decline. "The cancer death rate in the US is the lowest in recorded history! A lot of good news is coming out of this government," he tweeted.

This seemed clearly dishonest, but it was not clear that the American Cancer Society was willing to say this: large organizations tend to avoid contradicting the President, even in its most obvious falsehoods.

The Society's CEO, Gary M. Reedy, got straight to the point – diplomatically, but unmistakably. "The mortality trends reflected in our current report, including the biggest drop in overall cancer mortality ever recorded from 2016 to 2017, reflect prevention, early detection and treatment advances that have occurred in previous years," Reedy said in a statement to CNN.

Here is this week's complete list of 81 false statements, starting with those we didn't previously include in one of the weekly summaries:

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Democrats and Soleimani

"He was a terrorist. You know, they don't want to call him a terrorist. Now Democrats are trying to make him look like he was a wonderful human being." – January 6 interview with Rush Limbaugh
"What – you know what I – what bothers me? When I see a Nancy Pelosi trying to defend this monster from Iran, who killed so many people, who killed so much – I mean, so many people are walking around now without legs and without Because he was the guy with the big bomb on the road. He was the one who sent them to Afghanistan. He sent him to Iraq. He was big. That was his favorite thing. He thought it was wonderful. When Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats want to defend it, I think this is a very bad thing for this country. I think it is also a big losing political argument. "- January 9 exchange with reporters after speech on regulations of the National Environmental Policy Law
"Where did the Democrats on the radical left and nowhere, when they spent the last three days defending the life of Qassem Soleimani, one of the worst terrorists in history and the father of the roadside bomb?" – January 11 tweet

Facts first: Pelosi and other prominent Democrats did not defend Soleimani or tried to portray him as "wonderful". They criticized Trump's decision to kill him, but offered no defense of his actions or personality.

Pelosi called the murder "provocative and disproportionate" and argued that it put American soldiers, diplomats and other citizens at risk. But she called Soleimani a "terrible person" who "did bad things", explicitly emphasizing that her opposition to killing him was not based on any sympathy for him or Iran.

You can read a longer fact check on here.

A 2016 incident with Iran

Talking about January 2016 incident when Navy sailors were detained by Iran after drifting into Iranian territorial waters, Trump said: "But you remember the 10 sailors who were 5 meters across the line, they probably weren't – they don't even know if were in Iranian waters, but they said they were in Iranian waters a little bit, so they humiliated them. "- January 6 interview with Rush Limbaugh

Facts first: It is not true that the sailors were only 15 feet from Iranian territorial waters when they were confronted, and there is no doubt about whether the sailors were in fact in Iranian waters. (Trump did not specify who "they were" when he said "they" didn't even know if the sailors were in Iranian waters, but he is mistaken.)

An investigation by the US Navy into the incident concluded that the sailors were 1.5 miles from Iran's Farsi Island, clearly in Iranian waters. "It was reasonable for Iran to investigate the unusual appearance of armed US Navy ships in territorial waters so close to its banks," the investigation concluded. (The investigation also blamed Iran for handling the incident, but its criticisms of Iran were not at all about where the sailors were located.) map released by the US Navy also makes it clear that sailors were not a few feet from that "line" when they were stopped by Iran. Iranian and American officials said media at a time when Iran’s territorial waters stretch 12 nautical miles from the island, standard distance.

Ukraine and impeachment

The impeachment articles

"They are making things up. This is the craziest thing anyone has ever seen, and the two articles they post, as you know, are not crimes, they are not – they can't even be posted. It's a shame." – January, 10 interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News
Facts first: The two articles of impeachment against Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, are really "allowed". While the Constitution says that presidents can be accused of "treason, bribery or other serious crimes and crimes", "serious crimes and crimes" no it has to be criminal offenses. The Constitution allows Congress to determine what qualifies.

John Bolton and Ukraine

Question: "Will you be okay if John Bolton testifies? He indicated yesterday that he would do it if he was summoned." Trump: "Well, that depends on the lawyers. It will be up to the Senate. And we'll see how they feel. He wouldn't know anything about what we're talking about, because if you do, the Ukrainian government came out with a very strong statement – no pressure, with nothing. "- January 7th exchange with reporters at the meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Facts first: Trump was vague, but it is obviously false that Bolton "would not know anything" about relations with Ukraine that led to Trump's impeachment. According to testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, Bolton, who served as Trump's national security adviser until September, attended relevant meetings – with Trump, other government officials and with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – and had conversations additional relevant information with key Trump team players in Ukraine.

Here is a List of just a few of the exchanges that Bolton was able to witness.

A quote from Deputy Devin Nunes

California Republican Representative Devin Nunes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Fox News and criticized Intelligence Committee inspector general Michael Atkinson. Trump said he was quoting Nunes when tweeted on January 12, "Democrats know that the ICIG is a big problem – they did not release their testimony. It looks a lot like everything we saw, from the hoax in Russia to the hoax in Ukraine that became the impeachment coup. the ICIG responds on Friday, because this is the guy who lit the wick ".

Facts first: Trump's interpretation of the quote made Nunes use stronger language than he actually did. Nunes said nothing "should" happen on Friday; he said, "Well, I think it is pertinent for ICIG to get those answers by Friday."

Trump's tweet also omitted several phrases that Nunes also uttered, but the omissions do not significantly change the meaning.

The moment of military aid to Ukraine

Speaking of military aid to Ukraine, Trump said: "And by the way, in terms of money, it got there two or three weeks ahead of schedule – long before it was there." – January 7, exchange with reporters at the meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Facts first: This was wrong. Aid did not arrive weeks "ahead of schedule". Although Trump lifted his aid freeze on September 11, more than two weeks before the September 30 legal deadline, the delay caused by Trump's freeze meant that $ 35 million of the aid failed to get out in time to meet the deadline, according to impeachment testimony from Mark Sandy, associate deputy director of national security at the Office of Administration and Budget. To deal with this problem, Congress had to approve an extension of the deadline. "If that provision had not been included, any non-mandatory funds on September 30 would have expired," Sandy witnessed.
The Government Accountability Office, a non-partisan surveillance agency that works for Congress, concluded that the aid freeze violated a law, the Accumulation Control Act. (The office report was released the week after Trump made that comment. You can read a full story on here.)

Foreign and military affairs

The fight against ISIS

"Three months ago, after destroying 100% of ISIS and its territorial caliphate, we killed ISIS's savage leader, al-Baghdadi …" – January 8 speech about Iran

"We got rid of ISIS." – January 10 interview with Fox News Laura Ingraham

Facts first: Trump can boast accurately about the elimination of 100% of the ISIS self-proclaimed "caliphate" in Syria, but it is not true that 100% of ISIS itself has been eliminated; the terrorist group existed before taking over the territory and continues to exist after it lost that territory. ISIS is still a threat in wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan; ISIS affiliates continue to be responsible for attacks somewhere else; and the US government continues to warn about ISIS’s ability to inspire “home-made” terrorists around the world.

Nobel Peace Prize, Ethiopia and Eritrea

"I mean, I'm going to talk about the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm going to talk about it. I made a deal. I saved a country and I just heard that the head of that country is now receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said, what – did I have anything to do with it? Yes, but you know, this is how it is. As long as we know, that's all that matters, okay? great war, saved some of them … "- January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio
Facts first: Trump did not make the Ethiopia-Eritrean peace deal that led to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed winning the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, say experts in the region. While American diplomats did play a role In laying the groundwork for the negotiations – it is unclear how important they were – experts said Trump was certainly not the central actor.
"In my opinion, the initiative is purely Ethiopian," said Awol Allo, a law professor and analyst at Horn of Africa at Keele University in England, "and even if we assume that Americans played a role, it is not clear to me. , how does that make Trump an obvious candidate. Trump has never been to Ethiopia and has never said a word about the conflict between these two countries, at least in public.If there is anyone who can claim any credit for the agreement between the two countries, they should be the powers of the Middle East, particularly the United Arab Emirates ", which had a mediating role.
Trump maybe maybe refer to their effort to broker an agreement between Ethiopia and Egypt in a dispute over a dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, a tributary of the Nile. But this dispute had not been resolved at the time of his Nobel complaint, then Trump could not state precisely here that he had made a successful deal.

Allo, who said he was one of the people who nominated Ahmed for the award, emphasized that even Ahmed did not "save" any country, although Ahmed did "some really incredible things". Both Eritrea and Ethiopia would continue to exist with or without the agreement, Allo said.

NATO Headquarters

Speaking critically about NATO's history, Trump said: "Well, they build an office building for $ 3 billion. They do a lot of things they shouldn't be doing before I get here." – January 10 interview with Fox News Laura Ingraham

Facts first: NATO has an expensive new headquarters building, but Trump was exaggerating its cost. NATO told CNN on Tuesday that the building was built for an amount below the approved budget of 1.178 billion euros, or about $ 1.311 billion at Tuesday's exchange rates, less than half the amount claimed by Trump.

NATO before Trump

"So when I joined, as you know, NATO was practically a dead organization. It had no money. Nobody was paying, except us. Virtually nobody was paying." – January 10 interview with Fox News Laura Ingraham

Facts first: NATO was very much alive before Trump's inauguration in January 2017. And the United States was not the only one to "pay", no matter how you measured it.

NATO countries, except the United States, spent a total of $ 262 billion in defense in 2016, according to official NATO information. figures (using 2015 prices and exchange rates). The United States spent $ 651 billion that year, more than two-thirds of the total, but it is not true that the United States was the only one to "pay" if that is what Trump was referring to.
NATO also has its own direct budget to finance its operations. Although the US was also the largest contributor to this budget in 2016, covering about 22%, it was clearly not alone; Germany covered about 15%, France about 11%, the United Kingdom about 10% and so on. Countries' contributions were defined based on their national income.

economy

Factory losses

"It’s probably the reason, the main reason why I’m running: the US lost 60,000 factories under the previous government, 60,000. You wouldn’t believe it was possible, but I know it’s true, because I’ve talked 50 times and the forgers there ago, they never corrected me. No, it's true. No, it's true. If I was a little out, if it was, if I were out for two factories, there would be a headline: & # 39; Donald Trump told fib. & # 39; "- January 9 campaign demonstration in Toledo, Ohio

Facts first: Here, Trump made two mistakes – both with the claim of some 60,000 factories lost during President Barack Obama's government and with the claim that he had made the same claim 50 times before. In fact, he repeatedly said, correctly, that the US lost 60,000 factories in the previous two administrations.
There are different ways to measure the number of factories in the country. According to statistics from the Bureau of Census Bureau, the number of industrial establishments in the USA fell by 61,076 between 2001, the beginning of the George W. Bush administration – when there was 352,619 establishments – and 2016, the last full year of the Obama administration, when there was 291,543 establishments. This is a reduction of about 17%.
But only under Obama, 2009 until 2016, the decline was much smaller: 308,934 establishments to 291,543 establishments, a difference of 17,391 or about 6%.

Environmental approvals, part 1

"At the moment, it takes seven years and often many more – and seven years is like a record time – to complete approvals for a simple road, the simplest of them." – January 9 speech on the regulations of the National Environmental Policy Law

Facts first: Trump was exaggerating when he said that "seven years is like a record time". Mary Neumayr, president of the Trump Administration's Environmental Quality Council, said at the same event that "it takes more than seven years on average" for federal agencies to complete the environmental impact declaration process for highway projects. She added that "many projects took a decade or more" – but "more than seven years" is, again, an average, not a "record time".

Environmental approvals, part 2

"… today, it can take more than 10 years just to get a license to build a simple road – just a very simple road. And generally, you can't even get permission. It's unusual when you get this." – January 9 speech on the regulations of the National Environmental Policy Law

Facts first: Trump did not specify what he meant by "simple road", but it was inaccurate even if he was talking about highways. While it may take more than 10 years for some highway projects to receive environmental approvals, it is not true that "generally, you can't even get permission". Brad Karkkainen, a professor of law at the University of Minnesota and a specialist in environmental and land use law, said in an email: "Trump's statement that most of the time you can't get permission is simply wrong, for a wide margin. complete manufacturing ".

Karkkainen noted that the vast majority of proposed actions, assessed by the federal government under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), "navigate" without having to go through an Environmental Impact Statement process, the most comprehensive form of environmental review. Accurate figures for road and highway projects are not available, but in 2014, the Obama administration's Environmental Quality Council estimated that about 95% of all NEPA analyzes (not just for highway projects) were classified as "Categorical Exclusions", meaning that the proposals did not require either the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to complete nor the fastest process known as Environmental Assessment (EA).

"You cannot assume that all projects that obtain an EA are approved, but the vast majority are. And in addition, the majority of the 250 (per year) that receive EISs on a large scale also pass, although sometimes with modifications to mitigate environmental damage and / or repress political opposition, "said Karkkainen.

Karkkainen said the highway may have a higher failure rate than other types of projects, given how complex and politically controversial they can be, but it is still not true that most are rejected.

Canadian Rates

In announcing his USMCA trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, Trump said that Canada's tariffs on American farmers "were so terrible," but now "it all disappears." – January 9 interview with WTVG 13abc Toledo
Facts first: Trump was vague here, but it is not true that all Canadian agricultural tariffs "disappear" in the USMCA. Most notably, most of the dairy tariffs that Trump repeatedly denounced during the USMCA negotiations were left in place by the contract. (Trump assured concessions Canada to allow greater market access for American milk producers, but the tariffs themselves have not changed. (Tariffs apply to American exports that exceed Canadian quotas.)
Under NAFTA, the revised agreement by the USMCA, most American agricultural trade with Canada was already without fare.

Popularity

The crowd in Toledo

"I'm going to Ohio in a little while. We have multitudes of people who, for two and a half days, three days, stand out in the cold. I don't know how they do it. They are strong people. But they've been around, and they're practically zero degrees. "- January 9 exchange with reporters after a speech about the regulations of the National Environmental Policy Law

Facts first: Trump was exaggerating. According to the local news station WTOL 11, the first person in line for the Thursday night rally it arrived at 12:30 ET on Wednesday – just under 24 hours before Trump made that observation, not "two and a half days, three days".
And it was cold outside, but it wasn't "practically zero degrees" unless Trump was using the Celsius system without telling us. Using America's Fahrenheit system, the temperature dropped for teenagers in the Toledo area the night before the rally.

Trump approval rating

"53% of the overall approval rating (can we add 7 to 10% because of the Trump thing?). Thanks!" – January 11 tweet
Facts first: There is no apparent basis for Trump's claim to have an overall approval rating of 53%. The day before this tweet, Trump had 41.8% approval rating on FiveThirtyEight & # 39; s add of surveys, with 53.5% disapproval. It was not possible to find any recent poll that placed it at 53%. The Trump campaign did not respond to our request to identify the alleged research that Trump was mentioning.
It is possible that Trump got a real search result and added 10 points to his approval rating because of what he called the "Trump thing" – what he claims it is a phenomenon in which its supporters refuse to tell researchers that they support it. But even if there are some shy Trump supporters, this is not how approval ratings work; you cannot accept the conclusions of a survey and give yourself an estimated number of additional pass points.

Trump's golfing

Mocking Obama for playing golf in Hawaii – where Obama was born and enjoyed a vacation – Trump said: "I drive to play a round of golf on a course I own; it doesn't even cost them anything. He flies to Hawaii, nobody cares. If I drive 20 minutes, it's like "Donald Trump is playing golf today." "- January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts first: It is not true that Trump playing golf on his own courses does not cost taxpayers money.

As the Washington Post reported Last week, the Secret Service reported that it has spent $ 588,000 on golf carts alone since 2017 to protect and accompany Trump during his outings.
The Post reported in November about separate Secret Service spending that appeared to be related to Trump's golf: "On April 2, 2017, for example, Trump played golf at his club in the suburbs of Virginia – a short distance from the White House. That day, the records show According to records, the Secret Service made five payments to the & # 39; Trump National Golf Club & # 39 ;, totaling $ 26,802. Between May 31, 2017 and June 5, 2017, Trump played golf twice at the Virginia, according to press reports … The Secret Service reported that it paid $ 29,000 to the Trump golf club at the time. On May 7, Trump was staying at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ. Secret show $ 16,000 in spending at the "Trump National Golf Club" that day. "

Trump's trips from the White House to his golf course in neighboring Virginia require only one unit. His golf rounds in Florida and New Jersey, however, require helicopter and plane flights from Washington.

Deaths from cancer

"The cancer death rate in the United States is the lowest in recorded history! A lot of good news is coming out of this government." – January 9 tweet

Facts first: The good news about the low record rate of cancer deaths – in 2017 – was not news "coming out of this government". The American Cancer Society wrote the report that Trump was referring to; its chief executive, Gary M. Reedy, told CNN that the data in the report reflects "prevention, early detection and treatment advances that have taken place in previous years" before Trump's presidency.

The cancer death rate declined "continuously" from 1991 to 2017, the American Cancer Society reported in the report. Obviously, Trump could not have been responsible for the declines from 1991 to 2016.

You can read a longer fact check on here.

Academic history of Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

"AOC doesn't know anything. Poor student, poor of everything, and then she comes and talks about the Green New Deal and all these poor fools say," Oh, isn't it wonderful? Isn't it wonderful? & # 39; " – January 10 interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News

Facts first: "Poor" is vague, but even so, there is no apparent basis for calling Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Congresswoman "a poor student." She graduated cum laude Boston University in 2011, with a bachelor's degree in arts, specializing in international relations and economics. As a high school student in 2007, she came in second place in the Microbiology category at the International Science and Engineering Fair, as the Snopes facts verification site previously reported.
The top 5% of the best students in a class at Boston University are honored as summa cum laude, the next 10% as magna cum laude, a 15% after that as cum laude – so Ocasio-Cortez scored higher than at least 70% of his colleagues.

Ocasio-Cortez declined to comment on Trump's claim.

Campaign spending in 2016

"I mean, Hillary pie spent three or four times as much money as us, right? … Hillary pie spent three or four times more." – January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts first: It is true that Hillary Clinton overcame Trump in the 2016 campaign, but not three or four times. According the Center for Responsive Politics, a money control body in politics, the Clinton campaign spent $ 563.4 million and the Trump campaign $ 325.5 million, which means that the Clinton total is less than the twice what Trump spent.

Clinton had far more financial support from outside groups to promote his candidacy – $ 230.1 million for her versus $ 72.1 million for outside groups promoting Trump, according to the Center for Responsive Politics – than Trump. But even if you add the expenses of the Clinton campaign itself, spending by pro-Clinton groups abroad and spending by the Democratic National Committee, it's not even double the spending on the Trump campaign, spending by the pro-Trump groups and the Republicans. National Committee.

CNN camera

Trump accused California Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of leaking stories to CNN. Inciting the crowd, Trump called CNN "crazy", then pointed to the back of the venue and said, as if seeing the CNN camera, "Look, with a little red light on." – January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts first: CNN did not have a red light while Trump spoke. CNN photojournalists do not use red lights on their cameras at their rallies.

We know this is a small thing, but Trump did repeated false allegations at rallies on CNN cameras. (He generally claims that CNN's "red light" disappeared when it attacked CNN, allegedly proving that CNN stopped broadcasting live or stopped filming. In reality, CNN cameras at its rallies are set so that no lights are on. and go live or stop going live, or while they record or stop recording.)

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Here are the repeated false claims that we verified earlier in a weekly summary:

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The size of the Iran deal

Trump has said six times that President Barack Obama or his government gave Iran $ 150 billion as part of his deal on Iran's nuclear activities.

Facts first: A soma em questão foi dinheiro iraniano congelado em instituições financeiras estrangeiras por causa de sanções, não dinheiro do governo dos EUA – e especialistas dizem que o total foi significativamente menor que US $ 150 bilhões. Você pode ler uma verificação completa dos fatos aqui.

A duração do acordo com o Irã

Trump afirmou em quatro ocasiões que o acordo nuclear com o Irã expira "em breve", "tão cedo", "muito em breve" ou em "um período muito curto de tempo".

Fatos primeiro: Algumas disposições centrais do acordo nuclear com o Irã foram escritas para expirar nos próximos 10 anos. Mas o acordo como um todo – incluindo uma proibição geral de o Irã desenvolver armas nucleares – foi escrito para continuar em perpetuidade, e algumas provisões vão até 2035 e 2040. Você pode ler uma checagem de fatos mais longa aqui.

Militar e guerra

Gastos da OTAN aumentam

Trump afirmou duas vezes que o secretário-geral da OTAN Jens Stoltenberg "acabou de anunciar US $ 530 bilhões" em aumento de gastos por membros da OTAN não americanos. Em um desses casos, ele alegou que esses supostos US $ 530 bilhões eram "tudo por minha causa".

Fatos primeiro: A matemática de Trump estava errada. Stoltenberg explicou durante uma reunião com Trump em 3 de dezembro que membros não pertencentes à OTAN acrescentaram um total de US $ 130 bilhões aos seus orçamentos de defesa desde 2016. Em 2024, Stoltenberg disse: "esse número aumentará para US $ 400 bilhões".

O aumento atual de US $ 130 bilhões não pode ser adicionado ao aumento de US $ 400 bilhões esperado em 2024; os US $ 400 bilhões são um valor acumulado que inclui os US $ 130 bilhões.

Aviões militares

"Depois de anos e anos de cortes de defesa devastadores, reconstruímos totalmente as forças armadas dos Estados Unidos. Algumas delas ainda estão chegando. Temos tudo. Temos novos aviões, novos foguetes, mísseis, temos tudo novo e está aqui ou chegando, US $ 2,5 trilhões em novos investimentos ". E: "O que temos agora, nunca tivemos nada parecido. Sabe, estávamos olhando aviões velhos e cansados, aviões com 50, 60 anos de idade. Você já ouviu essa história. O avô voou eles, o filho voou com eles, a pessoa maravilhosa atual voou com eles, toda a família voou com eles. Todos já se foram agora, pessoal. Todos já se foram. " – Comício da campanha de 9 de janeiro em Toledo, Ohio

Fatos primeiro: Este foi um grande exagero. Embora o governo de Trump tenha investido em novos aviões militares, nem é quase verdade que os militares dos EUA têm "tudo novo" ou que os antigos aviões "já se foram agora".

Em dezembro de 2018, o Escritório de Orçamento do Congresso relatado que o avião médio da Força Aérea em 2017 tinha 28,3 anos: "Eles variam muito em idade, desde as 75 novas aeronaves que entraram em serviço em 2017 até os 21 navios-tanque KC-135 de 60 anos que entraram em serviço em 1958. A maior parcela da frota tem entre 26 e 30 anos. " A idade média para aviões de caça e ataque foi de 26,4 anos, para bombardeiros 42,0 anos, para navios-tanque 53,7 anos.

Escolha dos Veteranos

Trump told an extended story about how he had supposedly come up with the idea for the Veterans Choice health care program only to be told that people had been unsuccessfully trying to get such a program approved for "48 years." Trump added, "But you know what I'm good at? Getting things approved. And we got it approved." — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: The Veterans Choice bill, a bipartisan initiative led by Sens. Bernie Sanders and the late John McCain, was signed into law by Obama in 2014. In 2018, Trump signed the VA Mission Act, which expanded and changed the program.

NATO spending trends

Trump claimed three times that military spending by non-US NATO members was declining before he took office and reversed the trend.

Facts First: Military spending by NATO members had increased for two years prior to Trump's presidency. According to the latest NATO figuras released in November, spending increased by 1.7% in 2015 and 3.0% in 2016.

Previous presidents and NATO

"And I went over, and I said folks, you got to pay your bills, you're delinquent, you know, you're delinquent. And then, they don't like me. They say, 'We like Obama better.' They should like Obama better. Obama would go in and say, 'Thank you very much for coming. I appreciate it. Bye-bye.'" — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: It's not true that Obama never pushed NATO members to increase their military spending. Obama and predecessor George W. Bush both did so, though their public language was less confrontational than Trump's has been.

Obama repeatedly urged NATO allies to spend more. "If we've got a collective defense, it means that everybody's got to chip in, and I've had some concerns about a diminished level of defense spending among some of our partners in NATO," Obama said in 2014. "The situation in Ukraine reminds us that our freedom isn't free and we've got to be willing to pay for the assets, the personnel, the training that's required to make sure that we have a credible NATO force and an effective deterrent force."

At Bush's final NATO summit, in 2008, Bush called on NATO allies to "increase their defense investments to support both NATO and EU operations."

The Turkey-Syria border

"One thing, I moved my troops out of Syria — on the border between Turkey and Syria. That turned out to be such a successful move, Laura. Look what happened. Now they protect their own — they've been fighting over that border for 1,000 years. Why should we do it?" — January 10 interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham

Facts First: There is no basis for the claim that there has been fighting over the Turkey-Syria border for 1,000 years; modern-day Turkey and Syria were both part of the Ottoman Empire that was only dissolved after World War I, and the border between them is less than 100 years old.

"The border he refers to — the Turkish-Syria border — was established in 1923 with the Treaty of Lausanne and the founding of the Republic of Turkey. The exception to this is the province of Hatay, which passed from Syrian to Turkish control following a referendum," said Lisel Hintz, assistant professor of international relations and European studies at Johns Hopkins, who called a previous version of Trump's claim — in which Trump said there had been fighting for "2,000" years — "patently and irresponsibly false."

The defense agreement with South Korea

"South Korea gave us $500 million. They've never gave us — they gave us $500 million. I said you got to help us along…You've got to pay. And they gave us $500 million. I mean you saw that breaking news because nobody wants to report that stuff. I'm not sure anybody knows it. It might be sort of saying you have some — I mean, that's good stuff. But they're a wealthy country." — January 10 interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham

Facts First: Trump exaggerated the size of the increase in South Korea's payments to the US for the American troops stationed in the country. As the New York Times reported in February when debunking an earlier version of Trump's "$500 million" claim: "Under the one-year deal, this year South Korea will pay 1.04 trillion won, or $925 million, an increase of $70 million from last year's $855 million."
Trump is now trying to get South Korea to agree to a much larger increase for 2020.

Trump's position on the war in Iraq

"I didn't want to be there in first place, to be honest, and everybody knows that. That was when I was a civilian, I said it. But we were there, and they made a decision, and I disagreed with that decision very strongly. But we're there now." — January 7 exchange with reporters at meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Facts First: Trump did not publicly oppose the invasion of Iraq before it began. Trump was tentatively supportive of the war when radio host Howard Stern asked him in September 2002, "Are you for invading Iraq?" He responded: "Yeah, I guess so. I wish the first time it was done correctly." The day after the invasion in March 2003, he said, "It looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint." Trump did not offer a definitive position on the looming war in a Fox News interview in January 2003, saying, "Either you attack or don't attack."

Trump started publicly questioning the war later in 2003, and he was an explicit opponent in 2014. You can read a full fact check aqui.

Ukraine and impeachment

European aid to Ukraine

Trump claimed that France, Germany, and "all of those countries in Europe" are not "paying" money to Ukraine. He asked, "Why aren't they paying? Why is it always the United States that has to pay?" — January 7 exchange with reporters at meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Facts First: European countries, including France and Germany, have provided hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of assistance to Ukraine since Russia's invasion in 2014.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged European "help" during his meeting with Trump at the United Nations in September, though he said the world's efforts had been inadequate so far: "And, I'm sorry, but we don't need help; we need support. Real support. And we thank — thank everybody, thank all of the European countries; they each help us. But we also want to have more — more."

You can read a full fact check aqui.

The whistleblowers

"And I'd love to bring in the informant who disappeared. I'd love to bring in the second whistleblower who disappeared." And: "I want to know what happened to the second whistleblower, what happened to the informer? Remember that, an informer." — January 10 interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham

"And the second whistleblower — Jon, whatever happened to the second whistleblower? The second whistleblower disappeared. There probably was none or maybe we know who the second whistleblower was. Maybe we do. But he never showed up." — January 9 exchange with reporters after speech on National Environmental Policy Act regulations

Facts First: There is no evidence that either the first whistleblower (who filed the complaint about Trump's dealings with Ukraine) or the second whistleblower (whose lawyers said they had firsthand information corroborating claims made by the first whistleblower) "disappeared," nor that the first whistleblower's sources in the administration have "disappeared." Whistleblowers have no obligation to speak publicly.

"The whistleblowers have not vanished," Bradley Moss, a colleague of Mark Zaid, a lawyer for the two whistleblowers, said on Twitter in October, when Trump made another version of this claim.
The first whistleblower's lawyers, Zaid and Andrew Bakaj, wrote in the Washington Post in October: "Because our client has no additional information about the president's call, there is no justification for exposing their identity and all the risks that would follow."

The second whistleblower never planned to file a separate whistleblower complaint, merely to offer corroborating information in private.

The accuracy of the whistleblower

"I'd love to have the whistleblower who wrote a fake report." — January 10 interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham

Facts First: The whistleblower's account of Trump's July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been proven highly accurate. In fact, the rough transcript released by Trump himself showed that the whistleblower's three primary allegations about the call were correct or very close to correct. You can read a full fact check aqui.

The rough transcript

"We released the exact transcript, and it turned out to be totally different." — January 9 exchange with reporters after speech on National Environmental Policy Act regulations

Facts First: The document released by the White House explicitly says, on the first page, that it is not an exact transcript of Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, testified to Congress that he tried to make edits to the document to include two things that were said on the call but not included in the document. Vindman testified that the document was "substantively correct," but he made clear that it was not a verbatim account.

Zelensky's comments

"The President of Ukraine said I did absolutely nothing wrong, he said I had no pressure whatsoever. He didn't even know what we were talking about." — January 10 interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham

Facts First: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did say there had been "no pressure" from Trump and made other statements to that effect, but he has not gone so far as to say Trump did "nothing wrong."
In an interview published by Time magazine in early December, Zelensky did say, "Look, I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo. That's not my thing." But Zelensky continued: "I don't want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We're at war. If you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us. I think that's just about fairness. It's not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying."

A quote from Rep. Al Green

"So they can't win an election that's going to take place in 10 months, they know that, and they only thing they can do — it's like with their Congressman Green, when he said, 'We can't beat him, we have to impeach him.'" — January 10 interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham

Facts First: Trump was at least slightly exaggerating Green's comments. In May, Green said this: "I'm concerned that if we don't impeach this President, he will get reelected." In September, when Trump previously claimed Green had said "we can't" beat Trump without impeachment, Green told CNN, "I never said we can't beat the President."

The timing of Rep. Adam Schiff's comments

"I'd like to hear from — he's a corrupt politician, Adam Schiff. He's corrupt. He gave a sentence. You know, he never knew I was going to release the transcript. He gave a sentence that he made up. He made it up. And it was not the — it was not what was said in the conversation. That's why I released the transcript; got approval from Ukraine. We released the exact transcript, and it turned out to be totally different." — January 9 exchange with reporters after speech on National Environmental Policy Act regulations

Facts First: Trump can reasonably criticize Schiff for Schiff's comments at a House Intelligence Committee hearing in September; as we've written before, Schiff's mix of near-quotes from Trump's phone call with Zelensky, his own analysis, and supposed "parody" was at the very least confusing. But Schiff spoke the day after Trump released the rough transcript, not before Trump released the transcript.

Immigration

The diversity visa lottery

"How about the lottery? It's called visa lottery. How about this? They put their hand — 'These people are going to America'…But from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador we have…So anyway, but in Honduras and Guatemala, they have like this lottery…" — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: Foreign governments don't conduct the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program lottery for US green cards. The US State Department conducts the lottery.

The people whose names are selected are subjected to an extensive vetting process that includes a criminal background check.

Deportations to Honduras and Guatemala

Trump claimed that, under previous administrations, Honduras and Guatemala refused to accept criminals the US wanted to deport back, even refusing to let the US land its planes on their soil.

Facts First: Trump was mixing up two separate issues. While the Trump administration does have new agreements with all Guatemala and Honduras, those agreements are related to the handling of people who come to the US seeking asylum, not criminals the US is seeking to deport. In 2016, just prior to Trump's presidency, neither country was on the list of countries that Immigration and Customs Enforcement considered "recalcitrant" (uncooperative) in accepting the return of their citizens from the US.
You can read a longer fact check in this article.

Democrats and borders

Trump said on three occasions that Democrats support "open borders."

Facts First: Even 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who have advocated the decriminalization of the act of illegally entering the country, such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who has dropped out of the race, do not support completely unrestricted migration, as Trump suggests.

Democrats and the wall

"They were always for the wall and then I wanted it and they went against it." — January 6 interview with Rush Limbaugh

Facts First: Democrats were not "always for the wall." In 2013, many Democrats supported a comprehensive immigration reform bill that included 700 miles of border fencing. But that was fencing, not the giant wall Trump has proposed — and many Democrats supported it only as part of a package that included provisions they wanted, most notably a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

For example, Mary Landrieu, then a Democratic senator for Louisiana, voted for the final bill that included the fencing. But she said during the debate: "I'm not going to waste taxpayers' money on a dumb fence…I've been in tunnels under the fence. I've watched people climb over the fence. I'm not going to send taxpayers' money down a rat hole."

China and trade

China's economic performance

"Right now China's had the worst year they've had in 67 years." And: "Last year was the worst they had. In 67 — was 57, now it's 67 years, and they wanted to make a deal and we made a deal, and it's a great deal." — January 10 interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham

Facts First: China's second-quarter GDP growth of 6.2% and third-quarter GDP growth of 6% were its worst since 1992, 27 years ago. Trump has repeatedly made clear that he knows that 27 years is the reported figure, but he has added additional years for no apparent reason.

China's agricultural spending

"But phase one was — is a phenomenal deal. Could be up to $50 billion in farm product. So that's something that — the most they ever did was $16 billion. So they go from $16 billion to up to $50 billion. So that's numerous times more than they were buying in the past." — January 9 exchange with reporters after speech on National Environmental Policy Act regulations

Facts First: China spent $25.9 billion on American agricultural products in 2012, according to figures from the Department of Agriculture.

Who is paying for Trump's tariffs on China

"We are taking billions — remember what I said? We're not paying for it because China devalued their currency, and they put a lot of money into the pot. We're not paying for it." — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: Study after study, including a report in late November from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has shown that Americans are bearing the cost of the tariffs. And it is Americans who make the actual tariff payments.

Popularity

Approval among Republicans

Trump claimed three times that he had a "95%" approval rating among Republicans. On two occasions, he said this was "a record"; on one of these two occasions, he said Ronald Reagan was in second place at "87%."

Facts First: Trump's approval rating among Republicans is very high, regularly in the 80s and sometimes creeping into the 90s, but it has not been 95% in any recent major poll we could find.

Trump was at 89% approval with Republicans in a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted January 7-12, 93% in a Quinnipiac University poll conducted January 8-12, 88% in an Ipsos/Reuters poll conducted January 6-7, 89% in a Gallup poll conducted December 2-15.

The Quinnipiac poll at which he was at 93% had an overall margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, and a larger margin of error for the smaller sub-sample of Republican voters, so that poll found that it's possible Trump's true number is indeed 95% — but it's not accurate to make leaps from the numbers the polls actually found without explaining that this is what you are doing.

Regardless, Trump's approval rating is not a record, Reagan is not in second place, and Reagan's peak was higher than 87%. Gallup's website features data on approval rating by party for every president since Harry Truman; George W. Bush hit 99% in Gallup polling after the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. His father, George H.W. Bush, hit 97% at the end of the Gulf War in 1991. Reagan, Richard Nixon, and Dwight Eisenhower all went higher than 90%.

Economy, energy, environment

Unemployment

Trump said twice that unemployment rate is the lowest in "in over 51 years." On another occasion, he said, "We have the best unemployment numbers we've ever had. So that's very important."

Facts First: The unemployment rates for some demographic groups are at their lowest levels "ever," but the overall unemployment rate is not — though it is indeed impressively low.

The overall rate was 3.5% in December — the lowest since 1969, with the exception of the 3.5% rate in September, but well above the record 2.5% set in 1953.

The steel industry

Trump said that American steel companies are now making billions in investments, while before, "They weren't investing 10 cents. The industry was dead. Now, it's vibrant." — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: While some steel plants were closing, being idled or otherwise doing poorly before Trump took office and before Trump imposed his tariffs on steel imports, and while some companies were struggling, it's not true that the industry was "dead" or that not even "10 cents" of investment was occurring.

A simple Google search brings up numerous 2015 announcements about planned investments in steel plants. For example, Steel Dynamics announced a $100 million expansion at a mill in Mississippi. Commercial Metals announced a $250 million investment to build a micro-mill in Oklahoma. Nucor and a partner announced a $75 million investment in improvements at a mill in Arkansas. Ferrous CAL announced a $53 million investment in a Michigan plant to make steel for automotive companies.

Bloomberg reported in an October 2018 fact check: "In fact, U.S. steelmakers Nucor Corp. and Steel Dynamics Inc. were two of the healthiest commodity companies in the world before Trump took office." There is no doubt that the steel industry had declined from its heyday: the number of people working in iron and steel mills or in making steel products fell from more than 250,000 in 1990 to under 150,000 by 2016. Still, "dead" is a major exaggeration. In 2016, the US produced about as much raw steel as it did at various points in the 1980s.

The construction of the Empire State Building

Trump said it took "less than one year — can you believe that? — to build the Empire State Building." — January 9 speech on National Environmental Policy Act regulations

Facts First: The Empire State Building was built in 13 months. (We'd have let it go if Trump had said "one year," but "less than one year" is wrong. He has made this claim repeatedly.)

Median household income and energy

Trump claimed twice that the average household has gained $10,000 in income during his presidency.

Facts First: It's not true that household income gains under Trump have already hit $10,000 in less than three years. A firm called Sentier Research found pre-tax income gains of about $5,500 between January 2017 and October 2019.

You can read a longer fact check aqui.

"Clean coal"

"We ended the war on clean, beautiful coal." And: "Clean coal. What they do with coal today is incredible, clean coal." — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: Nothing about coal is "clean."

"Clean coal" is an industry term for particular technologies that attempt to reduce the many environmental harms caused by coal, a particularly dirty source of power. The term is not meant to be used to broadly describe coal itself, though that is what Trump generally does.

Energy production

"We ended the last administration's war on American energy…And with the help of energy workers right here in Ohio, the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world by far, number one. We weren't number one." — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: The US has not just "now" become the world's top energy producer, and it's not true that "we weren't number one": the US took the top spot in 2012, according to the US government's Energy Information Administration — under the very Obama administration Trump is accusing of perpetrating a "war" on the industry.

The US became the top producer of crude oil in particular during Trump's tenure. "The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when US natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and it has been the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when its production exceeded Saudi Arabia's," the Energy Information Administration says.

Air quality

"And our air and our water right now is cleaner than it's been in 40 years, and sadly, I can't say historic because, you know, a couple of hundred years ago there was nobody here, right?" — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

"We have some of the cleanest air and cleanest water on Earth. And for our country, the air is, right now, cleaner than it's been in 40 years…in the last 40 years, it's the cleanest right now." — January 9 speech on National Environmental Policy Act regulations

Facts First: By several measures, US air was cleaner under Obama than it has been under Trump. Three of the six types of pollutants identified by the Clean Air Act as toxic to human health were more prevalent in the air as of 2018 than they were before Trump took office, according to Environmental Protection Agency data.

Additionally, there were more "unhealthy air days" for sensitive groups in 2018 than in 2016 — 799 days across the 35 American cities surveyed by the EPA, up from 702. Though there were significantly more "unhealthy air days" in Obama's first term than there have been in Trump's, the lowest amount of unhealthy air days — 598 — occurred in 2014 under Obama.

The Paris climate accord and China

"And took us out of that horrible Paris accord. I always say, how are you doing with the Paris accord? Don't ask, saved trillions and trillions of dollars that was put in there to hurt us. In my opinion, it was put in there to hurt us. We were paying money to India, we were paying money to China, China's didn't kick in until 2030, we kicked in immediately." — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: Trump wrongly described how the Paris accord works. The accord does give China more time than the US before it "kicks in"; it came into effect for all participating countries in November 2016. The accord simply allows each nation to set its own targets for reducing carbon emissions. China picked 2030 as the year by which it planned to meet its primary targets, while the US picked 2025.
One of China's targets was to hit peak emissions "around 2030." Another target was to get 20% of its energy from sources other than fossil fuels by 2030. That did not mean the accord somehow wouldn't "kick in" for China until 2030; 2030 was its (self-selected, non-binding) deadline, not a start date. Since the accord came into effect, China has implemented significant new policies to curb its emissions. The Obama administration set a target of reducing US emissions by 26% – 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. That, similarly, did not mean that the accord would have only kicked in for the US in 2025. (Trump has begun the process of formally withdrawing the US from the accord.)

The Russia investigation

The cost of the Mueller investigation

"With one of the biggest investigations in history they found nothing, the Mueller report, they found absolutely — think of it. They spent $45 million." — January 6 interview with Rush Limbaugh

Facts First: The Mueller investigation cost $32 million, according to figures released by the Justice Department, and the government is expected to recoup about $17 million as a result of the investigation, most from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to a CNN analysis of the sentences handed out to people charged by Mueller.

The Russia investigation a "coup"?

"It's worse than a hoax. The first part of it was a coup. And this is just a continuation of it." — January 6 interview with Rush Limbaugh

Facts First: There is no evidence that the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's relationship with Russia was an "attempted overthrow" of Trump.

Michael Horowitz, inspector general for the Justice Department, found "basic and fundamental errors" in the FBI's handling of applications for surveillance of former Trump campaign foreign policy aide Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Horowitz emphasized the seriousness of these mistakes in his December report and congressional testimony.

But Horowitz did not find evidence that the department or the FBI in particular were attempting some sort of coup — nor even that there had been "intentional misconduct." Horowitz found that the FBI had a legitimate basis to open the investigation into the Trump campaign's relationship with Russia and that the decisions to investigate the campaign and individual campaign aides were not driven by political bias.

During Horowitz's congressional testimony, Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked him, "Is there any evidence that you found that the FBI tried to overthrow the president?" Horowitz responded, "No, we found the issues we identified here. That's what we found." When Blumenthal said, "I didn't find any conclusion that the FBI meddled or interfered in the election to affect the outcome," Horowitz replied, "We did not reach that conclusion."

Right to Try

"Right to Try. You know about Right to Try, right? They've been trying to get it for 44 years, Right to Try." — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: There had not been a 44-year effort to get a federal Right to Try law, which aims to make it easier for terminally ill patients to access medications that have not been granted final approval. Trump signed the bill in 2018; similar laws have been passed at the state level only since 2014, after the Goldwater Institute, a libertarian think tank, began pushing for them.

"I have no idea what 'they've been trying to get' for 44 years," Alison Bateman-House, assistant professor of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Health, said in response to a previous version of Trump's claim. "The Right to Try law was a creation of the Goldwater Institute, and it first became state law in 2014 (in Colorado), relatively soon after it was first conceived of."

Pre-existing conditions

"Republicans will defend middle-class taxpayers and the right to keep the doctor of your choice. We will protect patients with pre-existing conditions…." — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

Facts First: We usually don't fact check promises, but this one has already proved untrue. The Trump administration and congressional Republicans have repeatedly put forward bills and filed lawsuits that would weaken Obamacare's protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Trump is currently supporting a Republican lawsuit that is seeking to declare all of Obamacare void. He has not issued a plan to reinstate the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions if the suit succeeds.

Judicial vacancies

Trump mocked Obama for supposedly leaving him "142" judicial vacancies.

Facts First: Trump exaggerated. According to Russell Wheeler, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution who tracks judicial appointments, there were 103 vacancies on district and appeals courts on January 1, 2017, just before Trump took office, plus a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

"Thank you very much, President Obama. We have a record. It's a record and we will appoint many more, but we — first day I had 142 judges, 142. I said, 'How many do we have?' 'Sir, you have 142.' I said, 'You got to be kidding.' I thought he'd say,maybe none, maybe one, but certainly, no more than one. They're like gold. They said, 'No, sir, you have 142.' I said, 'You've got to be kidding.' How did this happen? President Obama, President Obama did not get that done. And by the way, Mitch (McConnell) helped a lot too." — January 9 campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

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