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 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.
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
As we defined above, many of the whistleblower’s allegations concerning the name have been corroborated.
Mitch McConnell’s assertion
A photograph of the Bidens
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
Information First: The doc launched by the White Home explicitly says, on the primary web page, that it’s not a precise transcript.
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
“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
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: 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.”
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
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.”
An award “from the Marines”
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.
“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
Information First: The map inaccurately displayed a number of blue counties gained by Hillary Clinton as crimson counties gained by Trump.
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
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
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
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.
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)
Information First: The whistleblower guidelines weren’t modified.
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
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.
Army and international affairs
“… 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 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.
The border wall
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)
“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
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.
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
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
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%).
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
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)
“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
Reputation and accomplishments
The 2016 election consequence
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.”
Approval with Republicans (three claims)
“I have a 95% approval rating in the Republican Party.” — October Four alternate with reporters earlier than Marine One departure
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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