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Ukraine dishonesty blitz: Trump made 66 false claims final week

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 neighborhood 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 “almost completely wrong,” “way off” and such.

The whistleblower was extremely correct.

The whistleblower’s grievance featured a three-point listing 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 analyze Joe Biden, to analyze the conspiracy idea 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 information aren’t in dispute.

Probably 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. Briefly: Trump, chatting with black conservatives, advised a protracted story about how Jones, a black liberal who has praised him repeatedly over felony justice reform, had uncared for to reward him over felony justice reform on a latest tv present, then privately apologized to him.

We may 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 could be complicated him with entertainer John Legend, whom Trump had beforehand criticized whereas complaining about folks failing to reward him over justice reform.

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

Probably the most absurd false declare: Ukraine speak

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

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

“All I can tell you is this: When I speak to foreign leaders, I speak in an appropriate way. If you notice, they don’t mention the call that I had with the president of Ukraine. They don’t mention that because it was so good,” Trump advised reporters.

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

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

The Ukraine scandal

The whistleblower grievance (9 claims)

Trump claimed 9 occasions that the whistleblower grievance about his July telephone name with the president of Ukraine was largely inaccurate, calling the whistleblower’s description of the decision, “totally wrong,” “totally inaccurate,” “almost completely wrong,” “way off” and a “fraud,” amongst different issues.

Information 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 appropriate or very near correct.

The whistleblower reported that Trump “pressured” Zelensky to analyze 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 steered Zelensky would possibly wish 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 information, and almost everything he has said about my ‘perfect’ call with the Ukrainian President is wrong (much to the embarrassment of Pelosi & Schiff)…” — October 1 tweet
Information 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 neighborhood, noted that the whistleblower had “direct knowledge of certain alleged conduct.”

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

Mitch McConnell’s assertion

“I read Mitch McConnell’s statement yesterday, and he read my phone call. And, as you know, he put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he’s read. And I spoke to him about it, too. He read my phone call with the President of Ukraine. Mitch McConnell — he said, ‘That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.’ I mean, give me a break.” — October 3 exchange with reporters earlier than Marine One departure
“I have a lot of respect for Mitch McConnell. I know that; I saw his statements. And he thinks that this is ridiculous. He thinks it’s unfair. I saw his statement yesterday that he put out where he read my phone conversation and he thought it was a wonderful conversation. And it was.” — October 4 exchange with reporters earlier than Marine One departure
Information 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 point” for his or her impeachment push — “It’s clear there is no quid pro quo that the Democrats were desperately praying for,” McConnell told Politico — however he didn’t describe the decision as “wonderful” or say something resembling “that was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.”

A photograph of the Bidens

“Sleepy Joe said he never spoke to the Ukrainian company, and then the picture came out where he was playing golf with the company boss and Hunter.” — October 6 tweet
Information First: The picture Trump gave the impression to be referencing doesn’t present Joe Biden enjoying golf with the “company boss” of Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian pure gasoline firm the place his son Hunter Biden was a board member. The individual 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 is just not the “company boss” — nor an “exec,” as a previous Trump tweet had recognized Archer.

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

The decision transcript

“… All because they didn’t know that I had a transcript done by very, very talented people, word for word, comma for comma, done by people that do it for a living. We had an exact transcript, and when we produced that transcript, they died, because you look at the whistleblower statement, and it’s vicious. Vicious.” — October 2 news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Information First: The doc launched by the White Home explicitly says, on the primary web page, that it’s not a precise transcript.

“A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records the notes and recollections of Situation Room Duty officers and NSC policy staff assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form as the conversation takes place. A number of factors can affect the accuracy of the record, including poor telecommunications connections and variations in accent and/or interpretation,” the doc says.

Speak of the decision

“All I can tell you is this: When I speak to foreign leaders, I speak in an appropriate way. If you notice, they don’t mention the call that I had with the President of Ukraine. They don’t mention that because it was so good.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

Information 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’m hearing the number of $50,000 a month. Now I’m hearing the number of $50,000 a month is very low. It’s a much higher number that Biden’s son was getting per month. The fact is it’s much higher. And for him to — and for him, as a total — for him, as a totally unqualified person, to be getting hundreds of thousands a month is very, very (inaudible).” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

“It is INCREDIBLE to watch and read the Fake News and how they pull out all stops to protect Sleepy Joe Biden and his thrown out of the Military son, Hunter, who was handed $100,000 a month (Plus,Plus) from a Ukrainian based company, even though he had no experience in energy…” — October 6 tweet
Information First: There was no foundation for Trump to leap from “$50,000 a month” to “hundreds of thousands a month” simply moments later, or to make the determine “$100,000.” The New York Occasions reported that Hunter Biden was paid “as much as $50,000 per month in some months” for his position on the board of administrators of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian pure gasoline firm.

“Seven or eight times”

“… because the whistleblower report — didn’t he say, seven or eight times I said ‘quid pro quo’?” — October 2 information convention with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Information First: The whistleblower report didn’t even use the phrases “quid pro 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 Avenue Journal article — printed earlier than the tough transcript was launched — that mentioned, “President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son, according to people familiar with the matter, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe that could hamper Mr. Trump’s potential 2020 opponent.”
The “eight” determine will not be appropriate. (Trump didn’t point out Biden’s son or Giuliani eight occasions within the tough transcript — however it’s not a precise transcript, and ABC Information counted eight occasions that Trump talked about that he made some type of request of Zelensky.) Regardless, the determine is just not 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 Publish.

Information First: The Publish 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 printed as an article within the Occasions.

Trump’s ask

“But when a whistleblower takes that very nice, innocent — Lindsey Graham said ‘I never knew you were that nice a person.’ He said, ‘You never asked him for anything. You were really, really nice.’ Lindsey was saying, ‘I never knew you were so nice. That was a perfect conversation.'” — October 2 exchange with reporters at assembly with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Information 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 like you to do us a favor though.”

You’ll be able to learn a full truth examine of this declare here.

The unemployment price (4 claims)

“But the unemployment numbers just came out: 3.5% unemployment. And that is a tremendous number; the lowest in over 50 years.” And: “We have the best job numbers we’ve had in 51 years.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

“Last month, the unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in over 51 years — 3.5%.” — October 4 speech at Younger Black Management Summit
“The unemployment rate has reached a 51-year low.” — October 3 speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida
“Unemployment Rate just dropped to 3.5%, the lowest in more that 50 years. Is that an impeachable event for your President?” — October 6 tweet
Information First: This was one in all Trump’s trademark little exaggerations of numbers that would appear to wish no embellishment. The three.5% unemployment rate for September was the bottom since December 1969 — just 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 during which CNN host Van Jones, a distinguished advocate for felony justice reform, omitted Trump from a protracted listing 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.”

Information 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, during which he mentioned, “I think Trump has gotten too little credit for what he did on criminal justice reform.” Jones mentioned Friday: “I literally do not know what he’s talking about.”
You’ll be able to learn a full truth examine of this declare here.

An award “from the Marines”

“…I would say, in 2015, I sat with Joe (Dunford) at a dinner. And believe it or not, I was getting a big award from the Marines. And Joe was presenting the awards…” — September 30 speech at welcome ceremony for brand new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, Gen. Mark Milley

Information 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 offers monetary help to the kids of Marines and regulation 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 received the award for his support to our military and law enforcement. The Marines Corps is not involved in the choice,” 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 indicate the county-by-county outcomes of the 2016 presidential election. The phrases “Try to impeach this” have been written on high of the map.

Information First: The map inaccurately displayed a number of blue counties gained by Hillary Clinton as crimson counties gained by Trump.

You’ll be able to learn our full truth examine here.

Trump’s ballot numbers

“If you look at what’s happened with my polls, they’re through the roof. You know why? Because of this phony witch hunt.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

Information First: “Through the roof” is a obscure phrase, however there is no such thing as a signal of Trump’s ballot numbers considerably growing 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 latest polls do not present proof of a pro-Trump backlash.

The historical past of wage progress

“People are working. They’re making money. The — if you look at one very important number that was just announced: wages up 3%. That’s unheard of. That’s unheard of. So, it’s a great thing.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

Information First: Wage progress round 3% is just not “unheard of.” (Observe: it was 2.9% in September, the month Trump was boasting about.) Although 3% is best than the wage progress throughout many of the Obama presidency, wage progress was 3.2% or increased 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 progress over 3% occurred through the Nice Recession, a reminder that wage progress is just not the one factor we must always have a look at to measure financial well being. (Wage progress did decline over the course of the recession, hitting 1.7% in Nov. 2010.)

New York’s anti-discrimination tips

“I will never allow these politicians to steal your health care and give it away to illegal aliens. And now, in New York, I hear they passed a new regulation that, if you use the word, ‘illegal immigrant’ — did I hear correctly? They want to charge you a fine of $250,000. In other words, sell your home in The Villages because you happened to say, ‘We don’t like illegal immigrants pouring into our country illegally.'” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

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

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

“… you know, before me, every night you’d see these stories, these horror stories about the VA. I haven’t seen one in a long time. Now, I don’t want to wish it because the fake news will search the system to find somebody that’s not happy. ‘We found somebody. We found a vet in Florida who isn’t quite happy with everything. Let’s do a major story.’ But do you remember all of the bad stories that used to be about the VA? Now you don’t see that because they have accountability. We can fire bad people.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

“You know, by the way, just because a lot of people are vets — the vets were treated horribly. You don’t hear that anymore. You don’t hear it. Now, they’ll go out and find some vet somewhere in this country that isn’t happy. And that person will become a star overnight, right? But you don’t hear it anymore.” — October Four speech at Younger Black Management Summit

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

Merely through 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 instances” 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 times before his death.”

Listed here 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 & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?” — September 30 tweet
“Congressman Adam Schiff should resign for the Crime of, after reading a transcript of my conversation with the President of Ukraine (it was perfect), fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States and reading it to Congress, as though mine! He is sick!” — October 2 tweet
“Not a thing wrong. Unless you heard the Adam Schiff version, where he made up my conversation. He actually made it up. It should be criminal. It should be treasonous.” And: “He should resign from office in disgrace. And, frankly, they should look at him for treason because he is making up the words of the President of the United States. Not only words, but the meaning. And it’s a disgrace. It should not be allowed to happen.” — October 2 exchange with reporters at assembly with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö
“Schiff has also committed a crime, perhaps treason, in making up a horrible statement and reading it to Congress, and the American people, as though it was the statement of the President of the United States, me.” — October 4 tweet
Information First: Whereas it is truthful 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 permits members of Congress to talk freely throughout official conferences. The Structure additionally has a particular 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

Information First: The whistleblower guidelines weren’t modified.

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

A letter from Democratic senators

“… because the whistleblower report — didn’t he say, seven or eight times I said ‘quid pro quo’? … In all fairness, you have at least four United States senators — Democrats — that said it. And they said it a lot stronger than even Schiff and his made-up story said it.” — October 2 information convention with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Information 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 few 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 appropriate.

You’ll be able to learn our full truth examine here.

Army and international affairs

Army spending

“… Joe (Dunford) published the first Joint Military Net Assessment in 20 years. We have a lot of the ideas that we’ve brought forward. And, you know, we’ve spent $2.5 trillion since I’m President — $2.5 trillion — far more than this country has ever even thought about spending.” — September 30 speech at welcome ceremony for brand new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, Gen. Mark Milley

Information First: Trump was exaggerating. As famous by Todd Harrison, director of protection price range evaluation on the Heart for Strategic and Worldwide Research, complete 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, for the reason that 2017 fiscal yr started in October 2016.

Harrison mentioned he thinks Trump should have been together with navy funding for the 2020 fiscal yr to get to “$2.5 trillion” determine — however for the reason that 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 word. Additionally, the actual appropriations bills for FY20 are still pending in Congress.” Whereas a price range deal earlier within the yr allocates as much as $738 billion for protection, Harrison mentioned, “until the appropriation bill is passed, the money cannot be spent.”

The nuclear arsenal

“Our nuclear has been totally rebuilt; some brand new and some refurbished.” — September 30 speech at welcome ceremony for brand new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, Gen. Mark Milley

Information First: Specialists say that Trump has not but applied vital modifications to the US nuclear arsenal. “I am not aware that Trump can claim to have done anything for the state of the nuclear arsenal — but nothing urgent needed to be done anyway,” mentioned Scott Kemp, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Expertise Laboratory for Nuclear Safety and Coverage, who served as a State Division adviser on arms management early within the Obama administration.

You’ll be able to learn an extended truth examine here.

Venezuela’s wealth

“You look at Venezuela; take a look at that. Fifteen years ago, it’s one of the wealthiest countries. Now they don’t have food.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Information 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 planet 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 the richest countries in the world 60 years ago. The richest in Latin America 40 years ago. But not 20 years ago,” 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

“Massive sections of The Wall are being built at our Southern Border. It is going up rapidly, and built to the highest standards and specifications of the Border Patrol experts. It is actually an amazing structure! Our U.S. Military is doing a GREAT job.” — October 2 tweet

Information First: No new miles of border wall had been constructed throughout Trump’s presidency as of September 30, in line with 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 know, at the border, where they want the open policies — they want open borders. They don’t want walls.” — October 4 speech at Younger Black Management Summit

“They also want to have open borders, so the people can just come in and do whatever they want to do.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Information First: Even Democratic presidential candidates who advocate the decriminalization of the act of illegally coming into the nation, resembling Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and City Improvement Secretary Julián Castro, don’t assist utterly unrestricted migration, as Trump suggests. Opposing a border wall is just not the identical as supporting open borders.

Mexican troops on the border

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

Information 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 new national guard within their country: 10,000 troops to the southern border; 15,000 troops to the northern border with the United States.” Trump himself said in late July that 6,000 of the troops have been close to Guatemala.

Financial system and commerce

Wage progress (two claims)

“When I was campaigning three years ago, and people were making less and less and less –they were making less three years ago. You go back 20 years from then, they used to make more money with one job than they made with two or three jobs. And now, for the first time in many, many years, wages are rising again.” — October Four speech at Younger Black Management Summit

“And, I think, really, very important — again, I’ll say: Wages are up. When I was running, wages were nowhere. They were going down. And people were having two and three jobs, and they were making less money than they made 20 years before. Now wages are up. So we’re very happy about that.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

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

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

Trump may precisely boast that wage progress throughout his presidency has been sooner than underneath Obama, however he’s improper that that is the primary time there was any enhance in 20 years.

Who’s paying Trump’s tariffs on China

“.@60Minutes ‘forgot’ to report that we are helping the great farmers of the USA to the tune of 28 Billion Dollars, for the last two years, paid for out of Tariffs paid to the United States by China for targeting the farmer. They devalued their currency, therefore paying the cost!” — October 6 tweet
Information First: A bevy of economic studies has discovered that Individuals are bearing the overwhelming majority of the tariff prices, and Individuals make the precise tariff funds.

World Commerce Group victories

“You never had wins with other presidents, did you? But we’re having a lot of wins at the WTO since I became president…Your wins are now, because they think I don’t like the WTO, and they want to make sure I’m happy. Because all of those countries were ripping off the United States for many years. They know that I’m wise to it. We’ve had a lot of wins.” — October 2 information convention with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Information First: The US had many wins on the World Commerce Group underneath 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 gained 86% of the instances it has introduced since 1995. The worldwide common was 84% and China’s determine 67%, in line with 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 most recent US victory within the case is the most recent in a collection that dates back to the early Obama administration.

As is normal for the WTO, the US has tended to lose instances the place it’s defending the case somewhat than bringing it — however even in these instances, 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 evaluate in March of this yr found that the US success price in instances 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 reality to Trump’s declare.

The commerce deficit with the European Union

“America’s trade deficit with the EU has been averaging $160 billion a year for many, many years.” — October 2 press convention with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Information 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 in case you solely rely commerce in items and ignore commerce in companies. However Trump didn’t specify that he was utilizing this extra restricted measure.

Prescription drug costs (two claims)

“…we’ve already had the first year in 51 years where drug prices have come down, and we’re going to get drug prices much lower — prescription drug prices.” — October 3 interview with Fox 35 Orlando

“Prices coming down. As I said, prescription drug prices — first time in over 50 years, Alex, that drug prices have come down for the year. Your average prescription drug price — first time in 50 years — over 50 years.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Information First: This was one other slight exaggeration. Prescription drug costs declined final yr for the primary time in 46 years, in line with one in all a number of measures. You’ll be able to learn an extended model of this truth examine here.

Reputation and accomplishments

The 2016 election consequence

“The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it.” — October 2 tweet

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

Veterans Alternative (4 claims)

Trump claimed 4 occasions that he was the one who received the Veterans Alternative 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.”

Information First: The Alternative 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 Rating in the Republican Party, and record setting fundraising that has taken place over the past two weeks. Thank you!” — October 3 tweet

“I have a 95% approval rating in the Republican Party.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure

“95% Approval Rating in Republican Party. Thank you!” — October 6 tweet

Information First: Trump’s approval score amongst Republicans could be very excessive, frequently within the 80s and typically creeping into the 90s, however it has not been 94% in any latest 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 gained the September particular election in North Carolina’s ninth District, had been “down by 17 points with three weeks to go.”

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

You’ll be able to 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 gained the September particular election in North Carolina’s third District, had been”up by a very little bit” and had been “almost tied.”

Information 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’ll be able to learn an extended truth examine of this declare here.

Proper to Strive (two claims)

“Now we got that approved — Right to Try. And, by the way, miracles are happening. Right? Miracles. Miracles are happening. Hopefully, it never happens to anybody in this room. But, frankly, people would go to Asia, they’d go to Europe, they’d go all over the world seeking a cure, if they had money. If they didn’t have money, they’d go home and they’d die. But now they don’t have to do that.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

“…now you can use medicines as they get developed, if you’re terminally ill. They call it the Right to Try. Right to Try. If somebody’s terminally ill [before the Right to Try law], they have to go to other countries, or just literally die. And we have the best scientists, we have the best doctors in the world. We have great things, but they’re in a pipeline, you couldn’t use them, and we have now the right to try.” — October Three interview with Fox 35 Orlando

Information First: It isn’t true that terminally ailing sufferers who didn’t have the cash to journey would merely need to go house and die till Trump signed the Proper to Strive regulation in 2018. Previous to the regulation, sufferers did need to ask the federal authorities for permission to entry experimental medicines — however the authorities nearly 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 individual patients are usually granted immediately over the phone and non-emergency requests are generally processed within a few 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 United States Congress…” — October 5 tweet

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

You’ll be able to learn an extended truth examine of Trump’s claims about these emails here.

Pre-existing circumstances

“We have made a clear promise to America’s patients: We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. The Republicans will always protect pre-existing conditions.” — October Three speech on Medicare at The Villages in Florida

Information 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 may weaken Obamacare’s protections for folks with pre-existing circumstances. Trump is at present supporting a Republican lawsuit that’s searching for to declare all of Obamacare void. He has not issued a plan to reinstate the regulation’s protections for folks with pre-existing circumstances if the go well with succeeds.




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