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  • “Let me tell you something, when people see that, you have an angry country because the whole thing is a hoax. It's a big hoax, and it's very bad for our country. So what happened with the FBI -- I have done a great service for our country when I fired James Comey because he was a bad cop, and he was a dirty cop, and he lied.”

    Fact Check:

    There's no evidence that the special counsel investigation is a witch hunt or a hoax. In fact, the special counsel has revealed significant criminal activity by some of Trump's campaign advisers and by Russian individuals and entities. The investigation into potential collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign continues, and no conclusions have been announced. Meanwhile, It's not clear which lies Trump is referring to here. Previously he has speculated that Comey lied to Senator Grassley about a disclosure made to the Wall Street Journal in 2016. But a new Inspector General report says Comey likely didn't know. If he's referring to the memos that Comey had passed on to a reporter after he was fired, that information was not classified.

  • “I got you the biggest tax cut -- beyond the Ronald Reagan tax cuts.”

    Fact Check:

    Trump’s tax cut amounts to nearly 0.9 percent of the gross domestic product, meaning it is 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.

  • “With China, every year, for many years, we're losing $375 billion -- not million, billion dollars....It's really more than that, but that's like the conservative number. I think it's $504 [billion]. But I'm giving you conservative because I don't want to be criticized for using wrong numbers, right? ”

    Fact Check:

    The U.S. trade deficit in goods and services in 2017 with China was $335 billion. Trump often just cites the goods deficit, which was $375 billion, according to the Census Bureau. We have no clue why he often says it is really $500 billion. That remains a mystery. In any case, countries do not make or lose money on trade deficits.

  • “Our economy is the strongest in the world right now, Jeanine.”

    Fact Check:

    It's unclear exactly what Trump means by "strongest," but the U.S. is neither the fastest growing economy around the world nor is it considered the largest.

  • “It is becoming more and more obvious that the Radical Democrats are a Party of open borders and crime. They want nothing to do with the major Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border. #2020!”

    Fact Check:

    Democrats support tougher border security measures, just not Trump's wall. House and Senate Democrats routinely speak up about the humanitarian crisis driving immigration from Central American and argue that the Trump administration has made it worse with policies such as family separations.

  • “We're building wall as we speak. Nobody covers that. And I understand that. But we're building wall as we speak, we're going to continue.”

    Fact Check:

    No, Trump’s wall is not yet being built. Congress inserted specific language in its appropriations bill that none of the $1.57 billion appropriated for border protection may be used for prototypes of a concrete wall that Trump observed while in California. The money can be used only for bollard fencing and levee fencing, or for replacement of existing fencing. Trump appears to acknowledge the renovations, except he persists in claiming it is a wall.

  • “We have the best job numbers we've ever had, in many ways. Certainly with African Americans, with Hispanic, with Asian Americans. And overall, we have the best job numbers in at least 50 years.”

    Fact Check:

    The black and Hispanic unemployment rates have been calculated only since 1972, so it's an exaggeration to say the current numbers are the lowest ever. The U.S. jobless rate for Asians has been around for less than 20 years. Although the black unemployment rate was at an all-time-low 5.9 percent in May, it had risen to 6 percent in November. That was still significantly higher than the overall unemployment rate of 3.7 percent.

  • “Very unfair when Germany pays 1 percent and we're paying 4.3 percent of a much larger GDP.”

    Fact Check:

    Trump never gets this correct. There are two types of funding for NATO: direct funding and indirect funding. Direct funding, for military-related operations, maintenance and headquarters activity, is based on gross national income — the total domestic and foreign output claimed by residents of a country — and adjusted regularly. With the largest economy in NATO, the United States pays the largest share — about 22 percent. Germany is second, with about 15 percent. A significant portion of the U.S. share is operating the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet, according to the Congressional Research Service. The U.S. share of the actual military budget is negotiated each year, but largely based on the cost-sharing formula, and amounts to less than $500 million a year, according to Defense Department documents. That’s chump change in a $700 billion military budget. As for indirect funding, since 2006, each NATO member has had a guideline of spending at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense spending. At a 2014 summit, responding to Russian aggression in Ukraine, NATO members pledged to meet that guideline by 2024. As of 2017, 12 of the 28 members exceed the guideline — with the United States leading the way at 3.6 percent. But this is simply money that each country would spend on its own military — or on missions that do not include NATO, such as peacekeeping in Africa.

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