The Trump Lie Fact Checker From The Washington Post

The 100 most recent lies...

 

“Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born [sic] from his or her mother's womb in the ninth month. It is wrong. It has to change.”

Trump meant to say torn, not born, but he's speaking about something that does not happen. All but seven states have prohibitions on gestational limits, from 20 to 24 weeks, or the point of “viability." Indeed, only 1.2 percent of abortions—about 12,000 a year– take place after 21 weeks. Taking a baby out of the womb in the 9th month is a c-section, so maybe Trump's slip of the tongue was appropriate.

“Our economy is perhaps the best it's ever been.”

Repeated 1 time

The annual increase in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, is currently far below the level reached in many years in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

“You look at the job numbers; you look at the companies pouring back into our country; you look at the stock market at an all-time high; unemployment, 17-year low.”

This sentence is a mash-up of Trump's greatest hits: taking credit for jobs deals that predated his presidency, touting a stock market that he had called a "bubble" in the campiagn and extoling unemployment figures that he had previously derided as phony.

“Unemployment for African-American workers at the lowest mark in the history of our country; unemployment for Hispanic at a record low in history; unemployment for women -- think of this -- at an 18-year low.”

Repeated 11 times

This is a flip-flop. During the 2016 campaign, Trump used to claim a Four-Pinocchio stat that 58 percent of African-American youth was unemployed. The official Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate for black youth at the time was 19.2 percent — about one-third of the rate used by Trump. Now that he’s president, Trump appears all too happy to cite the unemployment rate for African Americans, bragging that it’s the best since the turn of the century. We’re pleased the president is now using accurate statistics but it’s absurd to suggest, as he does to audiences, that he had anything to do with these numbers.

“We need the Wall for the safety and security of our country. We need the Wall to help stop the massive inflow of drugs from Mexico, now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world. If there is no Wall, there is no Deal!”

Repeated 24 times

The wall will have virtually no effect on drugs coming into the country. According to reports by the DEA, the majority of drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry or smuggled through underground tunnels. There is also no evidence that Democrats want to have illegal immigrants and drugs "pour into our country." Finally, there appears to be no credible study that ranks Mexico as the most dangerous country in the world.

“A government shutdown will be devastating to our military...something the Dems care very little about!”

Repeated 4 times

Trump exaggerates. If the government shuts down, all active duty military personnel would keep working and all operations in war zones would continue, according to a 2015 contingency plan the Defense Department prepared. Trump and the Defense Department have very broad powers to exempt government workers from the shutdown, and the Defense Department’s practice during previous shutdowns has been to retain personnel as needed to address national security and emergencies, and to “continue many other operations necessary for the safety of human life or the protection of property.”

“The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is 'peanuts' compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!”

Repeated 12 times

Trump, as is his practice, inflates the size of the trade deficit by only counting goods, not goods and services. The 2016 trade deficit with Mexico was $56 billion. Meanwhile, Trump frequently suggests the United States is “losing money” when there is a trade deficit, but that reflects a fundamental misunderstanding. Americans want to buy these products from overseas, either because of quality or price. If Trump sparked a trade war and tariffs were increased on Mexican goods, then it would raise the cost of those products to Americans. Perhaps that would reduce the purchases of those goods, and thus reduce the trade deficit, but that would not mean the United States would “gain” money that had been lost -- and that such monies could be used to pay for a $20 million wall.

“But if for any reason it [the government] shuts down, the worst thing is what happens to our military.”

Repeated 4 times

Trump exaggerates. If the government shuts down, all active duty military personnel would keep working and all operations in war zones would continue, according to a 2015 contingency plan the Defense Department prepared. Trump and the Defense Department have very broad powers to exempt government workers from the shutdown, and the Defense Department’s practice during previous shutdowns has been to retain personnel as needed to address national security and emergencies, and to “continue many other operations necessary for the safety of human life or the protection of property.”

“Our military has to be the best in the world by far. And as you know, it's been depleted over the last long period of time.”

Repeated 12 times

Trump claims the military has been depleted due to years of budget cuts, while bragging to members of the Coast Guard that the days of a lean military are over. With this claim, Trump glosses over important military milestones and reveals he appears to have little understanding of the federal budget process. With respect to Trump’s “cuts,” the decreased military budget reflects the close of two wars: the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. Despite the decreased budget, the total budget is still larger than it was in 2000, before either war began.

“The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it.”

Repeated 1 time

Trump's rhetoric on his proposal wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has shifted repeatedly since he first proposed it, including the height, the length, the cost and type of material. He has also been inconsistent on whether and how Mexico would pay for it, as he claimed.

“The wall has been something that I have been very consistent on always.”

Repeated 1 time

Trump's rhetoric on his proposal wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has shifted repeatedly since he first proposed it, including the height, the length, the cost and type of material. He has also been inconsistent on whether and how Mexico would pay for it, as he claimed.

“The tax cuts and tax reform has not been working well for the Democrats. Now, yesterday you saw with Apple -- $350 billion investment. Now they're also giving thousands of dollars to their employees. That's happening all over the country, and I'm really happy.”

Repeated 1 time

Trump suggests that Apple's investment was entirely in response to the tax cut, which is a stretch. Apple is certainly bringing back money from overseas because the corporate tax rate was reduce, but its investment plans likely would have proceeded with or without the tax cut.

“The other day, you just saw Chrysler announce they're moving from Mexico back to Michigan -- you don't hear that too often -- with a big, big monster factory.”

Repeated 1 time

Trump suggests that Mexican jobs are leaving for the United States. In reality, Chrysler is shifting truck production to the United States, but not at the expense of jobs or plants in Mexico. The Mexicans keep their jobs, while new ones will be created in the United States.

“The tax cuts are the most significant tax cut -- most significant reform in American history, with tremendous tax relief for working families, for small businesses, for big businesses that produce jobs -- for just about everybody.”

Repeated 57 times

Trump’s tax cut is nearly 0.9 percent of the gross domestic product, meaning it would be far smaller than President Ronald Reagan’s tax cut in 1981, which was 2.89 percent of GDP. Trump’s tax cut is the eighth largest tax cut — and even smaller than two tax cuts passed under Barack Obama.

“We have created nearly 2.2 million jobs since the election.”

Repeated 10 times

Trump is counting jobs from Election Day, even though he did not take office until almost three months later. At the time, about 1.8 million jobs had been created during his presidency, which a slower pace than any year since 2010.

“The unemployment rate is at, now, an 18-year low. I would say 17 years, and now it just lifted to 18 years.”

Repeated 50 times

Trump now uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate to say this, which is a flip-flop from his previous claims dismissing the BLS unemployment rate as "nonsense."

“African American unemployment is at its lowest level ever recorded. Female unemployment is at the lowest level in 17 years. Hispanic American unemployment has hit its all-time lows -- lowest ever.”

Repeated 11 times

This is a flip-flop. During the 2016 campaign, Trump used to claim a Four-Pinocchio stat that 58 percent of African-American youth was unemployed. The official Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate for black youth at the time was 19.2 percent — about one-third of the rate used by Trump. Now that he’s president, Trump appears all too happy to cite the unemployment rate for African Americans, bragging that it’s the best since the turn of the century. We’re pleased the president is now using accurate statistics but it’s absurd to suggest, as he does to audiences, that he had anything to do with these numbers.

“A typical family of four earning $75,000 will see an income tax cut of more than $2,000 a year -- that's like a $2,000 raise -- slashing their income tax bill in half.”

Repeated 5 times

Trump fails to mention that tax cuts for individuals phase out in a few years, unlike tax cuts for corporations. Moreover, for many families, payroll taxes take up the largest chunk of their tax bill, but Trump is referring to a reduction in income taxes.

“Because we substantially reduced tax rates on American companies, economists estimate that annual household income will rise by an average of $4,000.”

Repeated 8 times

Trump is citing a White House Council of Economic Advisers report that has been widely criticized for the $4,000 estimate, including by the economist whose work is cited in making this forecast.

“Because of our business tax reforms, Apple has just announced that they are bringing $350 billion, and putting it into investment into our country -- $350 billion.”

Repeated 1 time

Trump suggests that Apple's investment was entirely in response to the tax cut, which is a stretch. Apple is certainly bringing back money from overseas because the corporate tax rate was reduce, but its investment plans likely would have proceeded with or without the tax cut.

“The Empire State Building, they built it in one year, nobody knows that -- one year, it was actually less than one year, the Empire State Building.”

Repeated 1 time

Trump makes a misleading comparison, citing the time it took to build the Empire State Building but ignoring the planning process. (Moreover, it actually took 13 months to build.)

“New report from DOJ & DHS shows that nearly 3 in 4 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges are foreign-born."

This report was criticized by experts for flimsy data, such as counting as "immigrants" people brought against their will to the United States for trial on terrorism charges. Most of the charges concern terror acts overseas, not in the United States. Trump's tweet was even more misleading than the report because he dropped a reference to "international" terrorism. The report did not include any acts of domestic terrorism.

“And the FAKE NEWS winners are...”

Trump's "Fake news" awards included many examples of errors by news organizations that were quickly corrected, in some cases with consequences for the reporters involved. One was a tweet that did not result in news report; another was an opinion article that had been retracted.

“Unemployment for Black Americans is the lowest ever recorded. ....Thank you, and it will get even (much) better! @FoxNews”

Repeated 11 times

This is a flip-flop. During the 2016 campaign, Trump used to claim a Four-Pinocchio stat that 58 percent of African-American youth was unemployed. The official Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate for black youth at the time was 19.2 percent — about one-third of the rate used by Trump. Now that he’s president, Trump appears all too happy to cite the unemployment rate for African Americans, bragging that it’s the best since the turn of the century. We’re pleased the president is now using accurate statistics but it’s absurd to suggest, as he does to audiences, that he had anything to do with these numbers.

““90% of Trump 2017 news coverage was negative” -and much of it contrived!@foxandfriends”

The Pew Research Center found that 63 percent of the coverage of Trump was negative. trump was citing a report from a right-leaning Media Research Center.

“Do you notice the Fake News Mainstream Media never likes covering the great and record setting economic news, but rather talks about anything negative or that can be turned into the negative. The Russian Collusion Hoax is dead, except as it pertains to the Dems. Public gets it!”

Repeated 44 times

Trump repeatedly claims the Russia investigation is made up or "Democratic-inspired," but the information on Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election was developed by the intelligence community and published in a declassified report, in which the agencies said they had "high confidence" it was correct. Whether or not there was collusion is still under investigation.

“The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security. The biggest loser will be our rapidly rebuilding Military, at a time we need it more than ever. We need a merit based system of immigration, and we need it now! No more dangerous Lottery.”

Repeated 4 times

Trump exaggerates. If the government shuts down, all active duty military personnel would keep working and all operations in war zones would continue, according to a 2015 contingency plan the Defense Department prepared. Trump and the Defense Department have very broad powers to exempt government workers from the shutdown, and the Defense Department’s practice during previous shutdowns has been to retain personnel as needed to address national security and emergencies, and to “continue many other operations necessary for the safety of human life or the protection of property.”

“We must have Security at our VERY DANGEROUS SOUTHERN BORDER, and we must have a great WALL to help protect us, and to help stop the massive inflow of drugs pouring into our country!”

Repeated 24 times

The wall will have virtually no effect on drugs coming into the country. According to reports by the DEA, the majority of drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry or smuggled through underground tunnels. There is also no evidence that Democrats want to have illegal immigrants and drugs "pour into our country."

“Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled.”

This is false. Trump was citing a SurveyMonkey pol, which show that Mr. Trump’s approval ratings among black Americans actually declined from 20 percent in February 2017, his first full month in office, to 15 percent in December.

“The women's unemployment rate hit the lowest level that it's been in 17 years. Well, that's something. And women in the workforce reached a record high.”

Repeated 50 times

Trump now uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate to say this, which is a flip-flop from his previous claims dismissing the BLS unemployment rate as "nonsense."

“More women in the workforce today than ever before. That's really terrific, and especially since it's on my watch. ”

This claim lacks context. As the U.S. population increases, the number of people employed is bound to also increase, though there was actually a dip in the number of women employed from August through December. Moreover, during Trump's presidency, women have made up a smaller percentage of the overall work force, dropping from 47 percent to 45 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The black unemployment rate -- the African American unemployment rate is the lowest it's ever been in the history of the report.”

Repeated 11 times

This is a flip-flop. During the 2016 campaign, Trump used to claim a Four-Pinocchio stat that 58 percent of African-American youth was unemployed. The official Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate for black youth at the time was 19.2 percent — about one-third of the rate used by Trump. Now that he’s president, Trump appears all too happy to cite the unemployment rate for African Americans, bragging that it’s the best since the turn of the century. We’re pleased the president is now using accurate statistics but it’s absurd to suggest, as he does to audiences, that he had anything to do with these numbers.

“But the stock market is way up again today, and we're setting a record literally all the time. And I'm telling you, we have a long way to go. And had the other side gotten in, the market would have gone down 50 percent from where it was -- 50 percent from where it was. Remember that. It was stagnant, and it was going down.”

Repeated 95 times

This is a flip-flop for Trump. Before he was elected, he dismissed the stock-market performance under Obama as “artificial” and “a bubble." Moreover, the U.S. rise in 2017 was not unique. When looking at the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, it’s clear U.S. stocks haven’t rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. Moreover, with each 1,000-level increase, the accomplishment gets increasing less impressive.

“But GDP [gross domestic product] in particular, it was stuck and heading down. ”

GDP growth hit 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015 while Obama was still in office, after a sustained period of job creation since the Great Recession, and reached 2.8 percent in the third quarter of 2016. GDP growth did fall in the 4th quarter, but Trump is pushing it to call it "stuck."

“We're looking now at Dodd-Frank because we have to free up so the banks can loan money to great people because the banks haven't been able to do that. They were restricted.”

Repeated 1 time

If Trump were just talking about all business loans, his statement would be wrong. Commercial lending is at record highs. The picture is murkier if he were referring only to small businesses, as the White House claims. The law was not intended to target community banks, and it carved out many exemptions. But regulatory oversight appears to have become tougher, so a case could be made that the post-Dodd-Frank regulatory environment made it harder for community banks to make small-business loans.

“But the regulations had a lot to do with the success. Don't let anyone kid you.”

Repeated 19 times

This claim cannot be verified as there is not enough data for a comparison, but it's especially a stretch to say he's cut more regulations in 11 months than any full term president.

“Without taking off those regulations -- I mean, look at what we've done just in terms of pipelines -- 48,000 jobs from almost day one -- 48,000 jobs on, really, things that were never going to get built. ”

Repeated 21 times

Trump appears to be combining two disputed figures — 28,000 jobs for Keystone XL and 12,000 for the Dakota Access Pipeline-- and then hyping it even more. We have looked closely at the Keystone numbers, and the same methodological issues appear to apply to the Dakota estimates. The actual number of Keystone construction jobs, for instance, is just 3,900 on an annualized basis — and other jobs have already been created (such as for building high-strength line pipe.) In the context of the U.S. economy, which just in December added 148,000 jobs, these are not many jobs.

“Chrysler is leaving Mexico and moving back to Michigan. That's -- you haven't heard that one.”

Repeated 1 time

Trump suggests that Mexican jobs are leaving for the United States. In reality, Chrysler is shifting truck production to the United States, but not at the expense of jobs or plants in Mexico. The Mexicans keep their jobs, while new ones will be created in the United States.

“So women-owned small businesses in America will now be able to deduct 20 percent of their business income, which is something that people didn't expect that they would be seeing."

It's not quite so simple -- and not limited to women. To qualify for the full deduction in the tax bill, a person's taxable income must be below $157,500 if you're single or $315,000 if you're married and file jointly. Entrepreneurs with service businesses — such as doctors, lawyers and financial advisors — may not be able to take advantage of the deduction if their income is too high.

“My presidential budget was the first in history to include a nationwide program for paid family leave."

Obama was a big advocate of parental leave, expanding it in the federal government through executive action, and his budget included funds to expand state programs. Trump appears to distinguish his proposal from Obama's efforts by citing a "nationwide program." But while it was in the budget, Trump and his administration have done little to push for the idea in Congress.

“We've created now almost $8 trillion worth of value just in the stock market.”

Repeated 95 times

This is a flip-flop for Trump. Before he was elected, he dismissed the stock-market performance under Obama as “artificial” and “a bubble." Moreover, the U.S. rise in 2017 was not unique. When looking at the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, it’s clear U.S. stocks haven’t rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. Moreover, with each 1,000-level increase, the accomplishment gets increasing less impressive.

“We're working on immigration and immigration reform, and hopefully at some point we'll be able to solve that problem. If the Democrats really wanted to, they could, but they really sometimes don't want to.”

Repeated 6 times

Democrats came to Trump with a bipartisan plan that had been crafted in the Senate, so clearly there is an effort to find a solution on DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

“The stock market is way up. Jobs are back.”

Repeated 95 times

This is a flip-flop for Trump. Before he was elected, he dismissed the stock-market performance under Obama as “artificial” and “a bubble." Moreover, the U.S. rise in 2017 was not unique. When looking at the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, it’s clear U.S. stocks haven’t rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. Moreover, with each 1,000-level increase, the accomplishment gets increasing less impressive. Trump has no evidence to claim that the market would have fallen 50 percent because Hillary Clinton was elected.

“Black unemployment is the best it's ever been in recorded history. It's been fantastic. And it's the best number we've had with respect to black unemployment. We've never seen anything even close, so we're very honored by that.”

Repeated 11 times

This is a flip-flop. During the 2016 campaign, Trump used to claim a Four-Pinocchio stat that 58 percent of African-American youth was unemployed. The official Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate for black youth at the time was 19.2 percent — about one-third of the rate used by Trump. Now that he’s president, Trump appears all too happy to cite the unemployment rate for African Americans, bragging that it’s the best since the turn of the century. We’re pleased the president is now using accurate statistics but it’s absurd to suggest, as he does to audiences, that he had anything to do with these numbers. Moreover, the current rate of 6.8 percent is not much better than a rate of 7.0 percent reached in April, 2000.

“And our country is doing very well. Economically, we've never had anything like it.”

Repeated 1 time

The annual increase in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, is currently far below the level reached in many years in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

“I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal. They talk about DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], but they don't want to help. We are ready, willing and able to make a deal but they don't want to. They don't want security at the border, they don't want to stop drugs, they want to take money away from our military which we cannot do.”

Repeated 24 times

The wall will have virtually no effect on drugs coming into the country. According to reports by the DEA, the majority of drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry or smuggled through underground tunnels. There is also no evidence that Democrats want to have illegal immigrants and drugs "pour into our country."

“Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military."

Durbin publicly said that Trump used the term "shithole" when referring to Africa. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was not as specific but he said that he spoke "his piece" after Trump used derogatory language about developing countries. There are reporters that Trump bragged in calls about using the term, believing it would win favor with his base voters.

“Statement by me last night in Florida: “Honestly, I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal. They talk about DACA, but they don’t want to help..We are ready, willing and able to make a deal but they don’t want to. They don’t want security at the border, they don’t want........to stop drugs, they want to take money away from our military which we cannot do.” My standard is very simple, AMERICA FIRST & MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Repeated 6 times

Democrats came to Trump with a bipartisan plan that had been crafted in the Senate, so clearly there is an effort to find a solution on DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

“The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them 'I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un' (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn't say that. I said 'I'd have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,' a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!”

The audio tape is not entirely clear but in context, it makes more sense for Trump to have said "I have a good relationship," as he made the statement while mentioning good, current relationships with the leaders of China and Japan. Moreover, when the reporters followed and asked if he had communicated with Kim, Trump declined to comment.

“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.”

Repeated 6 times

This is a ridiculous statement, both that Democrats do not really want to save DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or that they do not want to take money away from the military. Democrats generally would like to increase military spending by removing the budget sequester, but also want to lift the sequester on non-Defense spending as part of a budget deal.

“I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal. I think they talk about DACA, but they don’t want to help the DACA people.”

Repeated 6 times

Democrats came to Trump with a bipartisan plan that had been crafted in the Senate, so clearly there is an effort to find a solution on DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

“They don't want security at the border. We have people pouring in. They don’t want security at the border, and they don’t want to stop drugs. And they want to take money away from our military, which we cannot do.”

Repeated 24 times

The wall will have virtually no effect on drugs coming into the country. According to reports by the DEA, the majority of drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry or smuggled through underground tunnels. There is also no evidence that Democrats want to have illegal immigrants and drugs "pour into our country."

“I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you."

Trump has ever right to say he is not a racist, but given his long history of racially-tinged remarks, it is absurd for him to declare he is "the least racist person."

“There shouldn’t be [a government shutdown], because if there is, our military gets hurt very badly. We cannot let our military be hurt.”

Repeated 4 times

Trump exaggerates. If the government shuts down, all active duty military personnel would keep working and all operations in war zones would continue, according to a 2015 contingency plan the Defense Department prepared. Trump and the Defense Department have very broad powers to exempt government workers from the shutdown, and the Defense Department’s practice during previous shutdowns has been to retain personnel as needed to address national security and emergencies, and to “continue many other operations necessary for the safety of human life or the protection of property.”

“The Democrats are all talk and no action. They are doing nothing to fix DACA. Great opportunity missed. Too bad!”

Repeated 6 times

Democrats came to Trump with a bipartisan plan that had been crafted in the Senate, so clearly there is an effort to find a solution on DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

“So much Fake News is being reported. They don’t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!”

Michael Wolff, the author of a critical account of Trump's first year, is not mentally deranged. The Trump White House fully cooperated with Wolff, offering him extensive access to key players, on the mistaken assumption it would be a positive account.

“Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] has now taken a big step backwards. The Dems will threaten 'shutdown,' but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most."

A government shutdown would not shut down the military; the last shutdown, in 2013, even included a provision guaranteeing military pay.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said "take them out." Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!”

Trump was reported to have used derogatory language --"shithole" -- about Haiti and Africa in a meeting with lawmakers. There is some dispute about whether the term was used regarding Haiti, but Trump here tries to carefully parse whether he was speaking about the Haitian people or the country.

“Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA.”

Repeated 6 times

Democrats came to Trump with a bipartisan plan that had been crafted in the Senate, so clearly there is an effort to find a solution on DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Democrats generally would like to increase military spending by removing the budget sequester, but also want to lift the sequester on non-Defense spending as part of a budget deal.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!”

Trump was reported to have used derogatory language --"shithole" -- about Haiti and Africa in a meeting with lawmakers. There is some dispute about whether the term was used specifically regarding Haiti, but Trump here tries to carefully dismiss the language as just "tough."

“My Administration has engaged with key European allies in seeking to secure a new supplemental agreement that would impose new multilateral sanctions if Iran develops or tests long-range missiles, thwarts inspections, or makes progress toward a nuclear weapon—requirements that should have been in the nuclear deal in the first place.”

Trump has demanded a new deal with Iran, but it's a stretch to say the administration has engaged with European allies on this matter in a substantive way. There is little interest among the Europeans to renegotiate the agreement, which took many years of hard negotiations.

“President Obama failed to act as the Iranian people took to the streets in 2009. He turned a blind eye as Iran built and tested dangerous missiles and exported terror. He curried favor with the Iranian regime in order to push through the disastrously flawed Iran nuclear deal.”

Obama was criticized for being slow to react to the protests in 2009, but he did condemn the regime's response. It's unclear what other action Obama could have taken to support the protests. Obama also pushed through tough sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table.

“The enormous financial windfall the Iranian regime received because of the deal—access to more than $100 billion, including $1.8 billion in cash—has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people.”

Repeated 9 times

Concurrent with the negotiations on Iran's nuclear ambitions, the United States settled a dispute over undelivered weapons systems purchased by the deposed shah for $1.7 billion, most of which was accrued interest. That was delivered in cash, and the Congressional Research Service in a recent report says “most of the $1.7 billion” was used “to augment its 2017 defense budget, although it is not clear how much, if any, of these funds might have contributed to Iran’s regional activities versus other programs.” The nuclear agreement also unlocked an estimated $115 billion of Iranian funds that were trapped overseas. But at least $60 billion was already owed to creditors.

“I'm also hearing a lot of people are bringing money back in. You know, the $4 trillion that we're talking about or whatever it may be. Nobody even knows what it is, but it's a big number.”

Repeated 24 times

There are no official, current numbers on the profits held overseas by U.S. companies, just estimates. The White House would not respond to a query on where Trump is getting these numbers, but his high-end figure appears to be an exaggeration. The Internal Revenue Service in 2012 said the figure was $2.3 trillion, and the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that it had risen to $2.6 trillion in 2015. There are other estimates as well, but none top $2.8 trillion.

“In new Quinnipiac Poll, 66% of people feel the economy is “Excellent or Good.” That is the highest number ever recorded by this poll.”

From same poll: "49 percent of voters say former President Barack Obama is more responsible for the state of the economy, while 40 percent say Trump is more responsible....American voters give Trump a negative 36 - 59 percent job approval rating, compared to a negative 36 - 44 percent score in a January 26, 2017, post-inaugural poll."

“Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for 'peanuts,' only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”

Trump, perhaps wary of planned protests if he visited London, came up with a phony excuse. While he blamed Obama, the decision to move the embassy was made and announced during the George W. Bush administration. The price that could be obtained for the old embassy was limited because it was named an historic building and thus cannot be significantly changed. Nevertheless, the entire cost-- about $1 billion, not $1.2 billion -- was financed through the sale of the existing chancery and other buildings.

“'House votes on controversial FISA ACT today.' This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others? With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!"

Trump appeared to tweet against a bill that his administration supported, and two hours later he expressed his support for that bill. The only person affiliated with the campiagn known to have survelliance placed on him through a FISA court order is Carter Page. The exact date of the order, which must be approved by a judge, is not clear but some reports say it took place after he resigned from the campaign.

“The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border, risking thousands of lives in the process. It is my duty to protect the lives and safety of all Americans. We must build a Great Wall, think Merit and end Lottery & Chain. USA!”

Repeated 24 times

The wall will have virtually no effect on drugs coming into the country. According to reports by the DEA, the majority of drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry or smuggled through underground tunnels. There is also no evidence that Democrats want to have illegal immigrants and drugs "pour into our country."

“Small Business Poll has highest approval numbers in the polls history. All business is just at the beginning of something really special!”

This poll did not measure presidential approval but small business optimism about the economy.

“You know if you remember the first quarter was a very low GDP, when Obama's last quarter. It was the slowest growing recovery, a very minor recovery, but it's the worst recovery they've had since the Great Depression. And our country was headed in the wrong direction. We were going down, we were going down a long way.”

Trump routinely tries to take credit for jobs created since the election, even though Obama was still president, yet here he calls economic growth in the first quarter of his presidency "Obama's last quarter." Moreover, Trump falsely claims "we were headed down" when in fact he inherited an economy that already had the longest period of unbroken job growth in U.S. history.

“I have fulfilled many of my campaign promises.”

The Fact Checker's Trump Promise Tracker shows that when the president made this statement, out of 60 key promises, he had only kept seven promises while breaking 15.

“You know, the United States has been treated very, very badly. That has been a terrible agreement for us.”

Repeated 17 times

Trump’s attack on North American Free Trade Agreement is over the top. It is often difficult to separate out the impact of trade agreements on jobs, compared to other, broader economic trends. But the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service in 2015 concluded the “net overall effect of NAFTA on the U.S. economy appears to have been relatively modest, primarily because trade with Canada and Mexico accounts for a small percentage of U.S. GDP,” though it noted “there were worker and firm adjustment costs as the three countries adjusted to more open trade and investment among their economies.”

“We lose $71 billion in trade deficits with Mexico.”

Repeated 12 times

Trump, as is his practice, inflates the size of the trade deficit by only counting goods, not goods and services. The 2016 trade deficit with Mexico was $56 billion. Meanwhile, Trump frequently suggests the United States is “losing money” when there is a trade deficit, but that reflects a fundamental misunderstanding. Americans want to buy these products from overseas, either because of quality or price. If Trump sparked a trade war and tariffs were increased on Mexican goods, then it would raise the cost of those products to Americans. Perhaps that would reduce the purchases of those goods, and thus reduce the trade deficit, but that would not mean the United States would “gain” money that had been lost.

“We lose $17 billion with Canada.”

In reality, the U.S. goods trade deficit with Canada was $12.1 billion in 2016, but the U.S. services trade surplus with Canada was $24.6 billion in 2016, according to the U.S. Trade Representative. So Canada actually has a trade surplus with the United States.

“They've [China] been very helpful. Let's put it this way, they've done more for me than they ever have for any American president. China has done far more for us than they ever have for any American president.”

The Chinese put on a show for Trump, knowing he likes them, but this is a fairly ridiculous comment to make, especially given the limited interactions between the leaders so far. Trump previously had said he had been treated better than anyone in China's history, so this is to some extent a pullback, in that he is limiting this comment now just to U.S. presidents.

“That should have been a problem that was solved by Obama, or Bush, or Clinton or anybody, because the longer it went, the worse, the more difficult the problem got.”

Both Clinton and Bush, and to a lesser extent Obama, tried to stem North Korea's nuclear ambitions through negotiations, incentives and sanctions. It is not as if the previous presidents ignored the problem.

“We have a trade deficit with South Korea of $31 billion a year.”

Repeated 1 time

Trump, as is his practice, inflates the size of the trade deficit by only counting goods, not good and services. The 2016 trade deficit with South Korea was $17 billion.

“So the lottery has to end, chain migration -- he brought in they say 22 people through the chain. So we have 22 of his relatives, why?”

Repeated 3 times

Trump previously has touted a figure of 23 people being brought in through "chain migration" by 29-year-old terror suspect Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. But no agency has confirmed this figure and experts say it is implausible because Saipov only had a green card, meaning he could only bring in his wife (already in the U.S.) or his minor children (already U.S. citizens).

“They both endorsed me, the only time they've ever endorsed a presidential candidate, OK? And they endorsed us unanimously.”

Repeated 4 times

Federal agencies can’t endorse political candidates. The unions representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Border Patrol agents did endorse Trump. Both groups said Trump was their first-ever endorsement. But they did not do so unanimously. The National Border Patrol Council endorsement was based just on the vote of 11 union leaders, which sparked controversy among union members. Agents in El Paso, in a 14-to-13 vote, narrowly failed to have the local union disavow the endorsement.

“I have Foxconn coming to Wisconsin; that's my deal. You know the head of Foxconn, you know he's a friend of mine. He's still only moving there because of me. And the governor has been fantastic.”

Repeated 62 times

Trump touted Foxconn's investment announcement, but the company considered investing in U.S.-based facilities since 2014, though its initial plans to invest in Pennsylvania didn't pan out.

“The Democrats know it's a hoax. It's an excuse for them having lost the election. They know it's a hoax.”

Repeated 44 times

Trump is falsely labeling nonpartisan investigations as made up by Democrats. The CIA concluded in 2016 that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election to help elect Trump, an assessment backed up by FBI Director James B. Comey and then-Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. On Jan. 6, the intelligence community released a declassified report expressing "high confidence" in this judgement. Senate and House committees led by Republicans have begun their own investigations, and a special prosecutor has been appointed.

“I won easily, 306 or 304, depending on your definition, to 223. I won a race that should never be won by a Republican because it's so stacked in the Democrats' favor....I won an election that should never be won, because the Electoral College is far harder to win than the popular vote. The popular vote, for me, would have been much easier.”

Repeated 10 times

According to a tally by John Pitney of Claremont McKenna College, every Republican president since Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876 won a larger share of the electoral college votes than Trump, with the exception of George W. Bush (twice) and Nixon in 1968.

“I also think that primary collusion, because there was no collusion on our side, the collusion was on the Democrat side with the Russians. And what went on with the FBI, where a man is tweeting to his lover that if she loses, we'll essentially go back to the -- we'll go to the insurance policy, which is -- if they lose, we'll go to phase 2, and we'll get this guy out of office. I mean, this is the FBI we're talking about. I think that is -- that is treason. See, that's treason right there.”

Repeated 1 time

There is no evidence of collusion between the Democrats and the Russians during the campaign. Trump makes the breathtaking claim that an FBI agent is guilty of "treason" when it is unclear exactly what he meant by the phrase "insurance policy" in a text message to his mistress.

“Comey has proven to be a liar and a leaker. Proven. He tries to act like a choir boy.”

Repeated 1 time

Trump disputes Comey's version of events, especially that the president pressed the former FBI director on a pledge of loyalty, but there is no evidence Comey lied about that incident. Comey kept detailed notes and told others about the conversation. The document that Comey "leaked" was his memo on the conversation, and he released it to the press after he was fired.

“As of two months ago we're into the Middle East for $7 trillion.”

Repeated 21 times

Trump is lumping together the wars in Iraq (in the Middle East) and Afghanistan (in South Asia), which together cost about $1.6 trillion from 2001 to 2014. He is also adding in estimates of future spending, such as interest on the debt and veterans' care for the next three decades.

“Democrat Dianne Feinstein should never have released secret committee testimony to the public without authorization. Very disrespectful to committee members and possibly illegal.”

There was nothing illegal in Feinstein's decision to release the testimony of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.

“They didn't want him [terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov] so they sent him through the lottery, you know, congratulations United States.”

Repeated 12 times

Uzbekistan played no role in Saipov's application so this is a gross misrepresentation of the diversity visa program. Individuals apply for the visa system, and must have at least a high school diploma or work in specific industries to be eligible for the program. As the term "lottery" implies, applicants are selected via a randomized computer drawing. The selected applicants undergo a background check before entering the country, and some applicants undergo an additional in-depth review if they are considered a security risk.

“I won every debate based on the polls. You know, they do polls -- seven or eight polls. Time Magazine -- Time Magazine's not a fan of mine. Drudge, Time Magazine they have seven polls. I don't think, I may be wrong -- I don't think you'll find one poll that I ever lost in any of the 14, 15 debates. Including the presidential debate, you know with her, the three.”

Trump lost every debate with Clinton, according to high-quality scientific polls.

“I have great feeling for DACA. I think that we should be able to do something with DACA. I think it's foolish if we don't, they've been here a long time, they're no longer children, you know. People talk of them as children, I mean some are 41 years old and older.”

Repeated 1 time

There are currently about 690,000 people enrolled in DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program is only open to those born after June 15, 1981, so DACA recipients can be no more than 36 years old. On average, they are 25 years old.

“The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!”

Repeated 44 times

Trump is falsely labeling nonpartisan investigations as made up by Democrats. The CIA concluded in 2016 that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election to help elect Trump, an assessment backed up by FBI Director James B. Comey and then-Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. On Jan. 6, the intelligence community released a declassified report expressing "high confidence" in this judgement. Senate and House committees led by Republicans have begun their own investigations, and a special prosecutor has been appointed.

“The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace. Must have tough Primary!”

Repeated 2 times

Feinstein (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, did not flatly say there was no collusion and instead was more nuanced. Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper on Nov. 5 whether she had "seen any evidence that this dirt, these emails, were ever given to the Trump campaign,” she replied: “Not so far." Tapper then asked: “Have you seen any communications that suggested that the Trump campaign wanted them to release them through a different means?” She answered: “I have not." Also, there was nothing illegal in Feinstein's decision to release the testimony of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.

“It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts."

Trump is referring to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which ruled against reinstating his travel ban. But there are other ways to slice the data, and it’s important to put this number into context. Most cases reviewed by the Supreme Court are reversed, and the 9th Circuit rules on more cases in general. The 9th Circuit’s reversal rate was usually higher than the average, but not always the highest.

“Disproven and paid for by Democrats 'Dossier used to spy on Trump Campaign. Did FBI use Intel tool to influence the Election?' @foxandfriends Did Dems or Clinton also pay Russians? Where are hidden and smashed DNC servers? Where are Crooked Hillary Emails? What a mess!"

This tweet combines a number of false or misleading claims, often used to deflect attention from the Russia investigation. Some details in the dossier have turned out to be incorrect but parts appear to be accurate or still under investigation. There is no evidence the Democrats or Clinton paid the Russians or colluded with them. The FBI determined that Clinton, while sloppy in the handling of her email server, did not warrant prosecution.

“A lot of people say 800,000; some people said — yesterday, first time I heard 650 [thousand]. I also heard 3 million. The fact is, our country was such a mess, nobody even knows what the numbers are.”

Trump is referring to DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program designed to provide work authorization for illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children with their parents. The total number of people who had DACA status as of Sept. 4, 2017, the day before the Trump administration ended the program, is 689,800, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Almost 800,000 people have ever been approved for DACA since it was launched in 2012. Trump's figure of 3 million is simply a fantasy number.

“2017 was a year of tremendous achievement -- monumental achievement, actually. I don't think any administration has ever done -- has done what we've done and what we've accomplished in its first year.”

Repeated 16 times

Trump, unlike many presidents in their 11th month, has signed few major pieces of legislation. As of Dec. 21, Trump has signed 94 bills, most of which were minor. That's fewer bills than any president since Eisenhower, according to GovTrack.

“We've set a new record on reducing regulation and all forms of stopping growth and stopping jobs that were crippling America's economy. Again, the records that we've set -- 22 to 1 -- nobody has ever come close.”

Repeated 6 times

Trump’s count is exaggerated, according to a Bloomberg News analysis. Bloomberg’s review of the administration’s list found almost a third of them actually were begun under earlier presidents. “Others strain the definition of lessening the burden of regulation or were relatively inconsequential, the kind of actions government implements routinely,” Bloomberg reported.

“Before Christmas, we passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history.”

Repeated 57 times

Trump’s tax cut would be nearly 0.9 percent of the gross domestic product, meaning it would be far smaller than President Ronald Reagan’s tax cut in 1981, which was 2.89 percent of GDP. Trump’s tax cut is the eighth largest tax cut — and even smaller than two tax cuts passed under Barack Obama.

“Hardworking American families will receive tremendous tax relief. We lowered our tax rates, nearly doubled the standard deduction, and doubled the child tax credit."

Trump always leaves out the other side of the ledger, such as the elimination of the personal exemption. Especially for large families, that may negate the changes to the standard deduction and the larger child tax credit.

“We had no Democrat support. Zero. They didn't want tax cuts. They want tax increases. They want to raise your taxes; they don't want to cut your taxes.”

Democrats were supportive of tax cuts, especially corporate tax cuts and middle-class tax cuts, but did not want a tax plan to be financed with larger budget deficits. Trump never seriously tried to woo Democrats, preferring instead to deal only with Republicans.

“Our historic reductions to the business tax will raise annual household income by an average of $4,000.”

Repeated 8 times

Trump is citing a White House Council of Economic Advisers report that has been widely criticized for the $4,000 estimate, including by the economist whose work is cited in making this forecast.

 

 

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