- President Donald Trump has been accused of peddling false and misleading claims numbering up to 9,014 within 773 days
- For this to be true, Trump would have had to peddle 5.9 false or misleading claims every day
- Briefly.co.za investigates whether or not this statement is the truth
As of the end of Sunday, March 3, the 773rd day of his term in office, Trump has reportedly accumulated 9,014 suspicious claims, Washington Post reports, citing The Fact Checker’s database.
According to the American newspaper, the US president averaged nearly 5.9 false or misleading claims a day in his first year in office.
In his second year, Trump reportedly hit nearly 16.5 a day and so far in 2019, he is averaging nearly 22 claims a day.
The newspaper reports that more than a quarter of Trump’s claims since he became president, 2,574, came during remarks during press events. An additional 2,088 came during remarks at his campaign rallies, and 1,576 were the result of the president’s tweets. Another 1,374 occurred during interviews.
In terms of subjects, false or misleading claims about immigration top the list, totalling 1,688. Claims about foreign policy were second, at 1,015, followed by claims about trade (939), the economy (840) and jobs (815).
Some of the viral false claims peddled by Trump include: 131 times he has falsely said he passed the biggest tax cut in history, 126 times he has falsely said his border wall is already being built and 116 times he has asserted that the US economy today is the best in history.
Other false and misleading claims by Trump include:
Misleading and exaggerated claim about Fiat Chrysler
“A state called Michigan, where — by the way — where Fiat Chrysler just announced a four and a half billion dollar incredible expansion and new plant doubling their workforce. Many, many car companies have moved back to Michigan and are continuing to do so,” Trump said.
Washington Post reports that Fiat Chrysler truly announced the expansion in Michigan, but Trump leaves out that it announced 1,500 layoffs in Illinois at the same time. It’s a big exaggeration to say many car companies have moved back to Michigan, though Chrysler has announced several new investments there under Trump.
Trump’s false claim on obstruction-of-justice charges
“That’s the other thing. If you use your rights, you use your power, if you use Article II, it’s called obstruction, but only for Trump, for nobody else,” Trump said.
The US president alleged that he was accused of obstructing justice but the claim has been fact-checked to be false.
Washington Post notes that obstruction-of-justice charges were part of the impeachment resolutions against Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon but President Trump has not been formally accused by anyone of obstructing justice, though some Democratic lawmakers say they believe he did so.
Trump’s false campaign claim
“We never had an empty seat. We went out and helped Ted Cruz. We went out and helped so many people. And I’ll tell you what, if we didn’t do those 32 rallies — and it wasn’t easy when you’re doing rallies with 25, 30 thousand people.”
There were empty seats at Trump’s Houston rally with Cruz.
“Many hundreds of seats were empty, including all of the boxes on both tiers of the mezzanine,” Washington Post quoted the Dallas Morning News.
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Trump’s false employment claim
“You have the best employment and unemployment numbers we’ve ever had,” Trump was also quoted to have said.
This claim is also fact-checked as false. Washington Post reports that more people are working than ever before as a consequence of steady population growth, but the labour force participation rate is below levels seen in the 1990s and 2000s. The unemployment rate has declined but not achieved record lows under Trump.
Trump’s false immigration claim
“Nobody shows up [for immigration hearings]. Three percent of the people come back for a trial. It’s insane.” – Trump
Contrary to Trump’s claim, data from Justice Department reportedly shows 60 to 75% of non-detained migrants have attended their immigration court proceedings.
For the specific group of migrants Trump was addressing, asylum seekers, data suggests the return rate is even higher.
Washington Post further reports that the data for a programme that Trump ended in June shows participants had a 100% attendance record at court hearings.
A report by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General also shows migrants had a 99% rate of check-ins and appointments with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Trump’s North Korea claim
“One administration gave billions of dollars to him [North Korea] and got nothing, and we haven’t given him anything yet.” - Trump
The American media states that Trump may not have given North Korea cash, he has elevated Kim Jong Un on the international stage due to the back and forth fruitless negotiations he has had with the North Korea leader.
"Trump also exaggerates the money that previous presidents gave to North Korea. Under Bill Clinton’s 1994 accord with North Korea, between 1995 and 2003 the United States spent about $400 million supplying the fuel oil to North Korea that was required under the deal, according to the Congressional Research Service.
"Trump says Clinton got “nothing,” but while the deal was in place, North Korea’s nuclear programme was frozen and the regime did not have access to nuclear material for weapons production; Pyongyang’s stash of plutonium in spent fuel rods was kept in cooling ponds under the constant supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
When the deal collapsed in a dispute with the Bush administration, North Korea broke the seals, removed the rods and began building nuclear weapons," the newspaper stated.
Meanwhile, President Trump, since his assumption of office, has had unending battles with the media calling major news out in the country fake news peddlers.
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