The president’s son and son-in-law have now testified to Congress about foreign influence on the U.S. election — in particular, about their meeting with a Russian attorney with ties to the Kremlin whom they believed would provide dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
Although the president praises his son for being “transparent” about the meeting, Donald Trump Jr.’s statements about the ordeal shifted as more information was reported publicly.
This video, laying out The Fact Checker’s timeline of Donald Trump Jr.’s comments about the Russia meeting, explores what happened when, and how Trump Jr.’s statements over time contradict each other.
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“Look at how much African American communities are suffering from Democratic control. … Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?”
— GOP candidate Donald Trump, rally in Dimondale, Mich., Aug. 19, 2016
“I said, vote for me, what the hell have you got to lose, remember that? The Hispanic, the African American, the inner cities. So now it just came out, African Americans and teenagers are now enjoying their lowest unemployment since just after the turn of the millennium. That’s pretty good, right?”
— President Trump, campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, July 25, 2017
In a period of less than 26 hours — from 6:31 p.m. on July 24 to 8:09 p.m. on July 25 — President Trump made two fired-up speeches, held a news conference and tweeted with abandon, leaving a trail of misinformation in his wake. Here’s a roundup of his suspect claims.
President Trump went on a Twitter rampage Monday night and this morning, spewing a number of false and misleading claims — many of which we have fact-checked previously. Here’s a quick guide to what’s factually incorrect.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
“And campaigns involve opposition research, and the situation exchange that was released by Donald Trump Jr., and what was described there is — look at it and compare it to, for instance, the situation with the Ukrainians and the DNC and the Clinton campaign, where information actually was shared.”
— President Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow, interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” July 16, 2017
“The Congressional Budget Office’s math doesn’t add up. Faulty Numbers = Faulty Results.”
— Tweet by the White House Twitter account, July 12, 2017
The venerable Congressional Budget Office is under attack. Established in 1975 by Congress to provide independent analyses of legislation, the nonpartisan agency is under fire for its estimates of the effect of Republican proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The president’s son, son-in-law and former campaign manager are expected to testify July 26 before the Senate Judiciary Committee about foreign influence on the U.S. election — in particular, about their meeting with a Russian attorney with ties to the Kremlin who they believed would provide dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
Shortly before reaching the six-month mark of his presidency, President Trump made an assertion and then paused that perhaps he should not be so definitive. “I better say ‘think,’ otherwise they’ll give you a Pinocchio,” he said. “And I don’t like those — I don’t like Pinocchios.”
As it turned out, the president’s claim — that he has signed more bills (42) at this point than “any president ever” — was completely wrong. Just among recent presidents, he’s behind Jimmy Carter (70 bills signed), George H.W. Bush (55) and Bill Clinton (50).
Washington politics often revolves around numbers. And no number is more important that the “baseline.” When politicians talk about “spending cuts” or “tax cuts,” they are measuring against a baseline. But it’s a process open to manipulation and hypocrisy, so here’s an explanation.
A “current services” baseline is designed to measure the impact of policy changes in government spending and taxes versus current policies. The baseline records what would happen if nothing is changed and current policies remained the same.
Vice President Pence recently spoke at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, R.I., and made several questionable claims about the Senate GOP health-care proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).
When he gave his speech, on Friday, the new version of the Republicans’ health proposal was released but had not been analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan agency that studies the budget impact of legislation. But analysis by an independent health-care consulting firm found that the revised version, which still contains steep reductions to Medicaid that the first version did, would greatly restrict state options for their Medicaid program. We dug into some of Pence’s talking points below.