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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.
Repeated 192 times:Jan 14, 2019Jan 12Jan 12Jan 10Jan 4Dec 29, 2018Dec 25Dec 18Dec 18Dec 16Dec 16Dec 15Dec 13Dec 11Dec 9Dec 8Dec 8Dec 7Nov 30Nov 29Nov 29Nov 29Nov 29Nov 27Nov 27Nov 18Nov 16Nov 16Nov 15Nov 15Nov 14Nov 9Nov 7Nov 7Nov 7Nov 5Nov 3Oct 29Oct 19Oct 16Oct 16Oct 14Oct 13Oct 11Oct 11Oct 9Oct 8Sep 26Sep 26Sep 24Sep 20Sep 20Sep 18Sep 17Sep 17Sep 16Sep 15Sep 12Sep 7Sep 7Sep 7Sep 4Sep 1Aug 30Aug 23Aug 22Aug 22Aug 22Aug 21Aug 21Aug 20Aug 20Aug 19Aug 19Aug 17Aug 15Aug 14Aug 14Aug 12Aug 10Aug 9Aug 6Aug 5Aug 1Jul 31Jul 27Jul 22Jul 22Jul 21Jul 19Jul 17Jul 17Jul 17Jul 16Jul 16Jul 16Jul 15Jul 14Jul 13Jul 11Jul 7Jul 7Jul 6Jul 5Jul 1Jul 1Jun 28Jun 28Jun 28Jun 27Jun 23Jun 23Jun 20Jun 18Jun 18Jun 17Jun 16Jun 15Jun 14Jun 8Jun 5Jun 2Jun 2May 30May 29May 29May 27May 26May 23May 23May 20May 20May 20May 20May 18May 17May 17May 15May 7May 2May 2May 2Apr 18Apr 18Apr 11Apr 9Feb 24Feb 10Feb 10Feb 3Jan 25Jan 16Jan 11Jan 10Jan 10Jan 10Jan 6Jan 6Jan 5Dec 28, 2017Dec 28Dec 28Dec 15Dec 12Nov 26Nov 11Oct 27Oct 25Oct 25Oct 18Oct 16Oct 11Oct 10Sep 22Sep 22Aug 3Jul 29Jul 23Jul 12Jul 9Jun 22May 12May 10Apr 28Apr 5Apr 1Mar 20Mar 20Mar 20Mar 20Feb 26Feb 24
“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.
Repeated 127 times:Jan 14, 2019Jan 12Dec 21, 2018Nov 18Nov 5Oct 31Oct 31Oct 27Oct 22Oct 20Oct 19Oct 13Oct 12Oct 10Oct 9Oct 9Oct 4Oct 2Oct 1Sep 29Sep 26Sep 25Sep 21Sep 20Sep 17Sep 7Sep 6Aug 31Aug 31Aug 30Aug 30Aug 24Aug 23Aug 21Aug 21Aug 13Aug 7Aug 4Aug 2Jul 31Jul 27Jul 24Jul 23Jul 5Jun 29Jun 28Jun 27Jun 23Jun 23Jun 20Jun 19Jun 6May 29May 24May 5Apr 16Apr 6Apr 5Mar 20Mar 14Mar 10Mar 8Mar 7Feb 24Feb 23Feb 5Feb 1Jan 30Jan 28Jan 26Jan 26Jan 18Jan 10Jan 8Jan 8Dec 22, 2017Dec 22Dec 22Dec 20Dec 18Dec 18Dec 13Dec 12Dec 8Dec 1Nov 29Nov 28Nov 27Nov 2Nov 2Nov 2Nov 1Nov 1Oct 31Oct 31Oct 29Oct 25Oct 25Oct 18Oct 17Oct 17Oct 16Oct 16Oct 16Oct 11Oct 10Oct 7Oct 6Oct 6Oct 6Sep 29Sep 27Sep 24Sep 22Sep 6Jul 25Jun 26Jun 21Jun 8Jun 7May 18May 17May 5May 4May 4May 1May 1
“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.
Repeated 126 times:Jan 14, 2019Jan 14Dec 28, 2018Nov 27Nov 26Nov 26Nov 22Nov 16Nov 5Nov 1Oct 31Oct 29Oct 27Oct 27Oct 27Oct 26Oct 26Oct 24Oct 23Oct 17Oct 17Oct 17Oct 17Oct 14Oct 13Oct 13Oct 12Oct 12Oct 12Oct 11Oct 9Oct 9Oct 9Oct 6Oct 6Oct 6Oct 4Oct 2Oct 2Oct 2Oct 2Oct 1Oct 1Oct 1Oct 1Sep 29Sep 26Sep 26Sep 21Sep 20Sep 17Sep 17Sep 7Sep 7Sep 7Sep 7Sep 4Aug 30Aug 30Aug 29Aug 28Aug 21Aug 7Aug 4Jul 26Jul 26Jul 24Jul 24Jul 24Jul 24Jul 19Jul 16Jul 10Jul 10Jun 28Jun 27Jun 27Jun 27Jun 26Jun 26Jun 25Jun 25Jun 23Jun 23Jun 23Jun 21Jun 19Jun 15Jun 15Jun 12Jun 12Jun 12Jun 12Jun 9May 22May 18May 17May 15Apr 28Apr 16Apr 16Apr 12Apr 12Apr 7Mar 23Mar 22Mar 14Mar 14Mar 5Mar 5Mar 1Feb 26Feb 26Feb 26Feb 12Feb 12Jan 11Jan 11Dec 28, 2017Dec 28Nov 20Nov 11Nov 11Nov 11Oct 22Mar 20
“Our economy is the strongest in the world right now, Jeanine.”Fact Check:
Repeated 112 times:Jan 12, 2019Jan 6Dec 7, 2018Nov 30Nov 30Nov 22Nov 18Nov 16Nov 16Nov 15Nov 7Nov 5Nov 5Nov 5Nov 5Nov 5Nov 5Nov 5Nov 5Nov 5Nov 4Nov 4Nov 4Nov 3Nov 3Nov 3Nov 2Nov 2Nov 2Nov 1Oct 31Oct 31Oct 27Oct 23Oct 23Oct 23Oct 22Oct 19Oct 16Oct 16Oct 13Oct 11Oct 10Oct 9Oct 9Oct 9Oct 6Oct 6Oct 2Oct 2Oct 1Oct 1Sep 29Sep 26Sep 25Sep 24Sep 22Sep 21Sep 21Sep 21Sep 20Sep 20Sep 19Sep 17Sep 17Sep 16Sep 10Sep 8Sep 7Sep 7Sep 6Sep 6Sep 6Sep 5Aug 30Aug 30Aug 24Aug 24Aug 23Aug 23Aug 21Aug 21Aug 18Aug 17Aug 16Aug 16Aug 14Aug 12Aug 6Aug 4Jul 31Jul 26Jul 24Jul 24Jul 17Jul 16Jul 14Jul 14Jul 5Jul 3Jun 23Jun 21Jun 20Jun 19Jun 17Jun 15Jun 14Jun 13Jun 9Jun 6Jun 5Jun 4
“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.
Repeated 105 times:Jan 16, 2019Jan 15Jan 10Jan 10Jan 10Jan 10Jan 10Jan 1Dec 26, 2018Dec 21Dec 21Dec 20Dec 11Nov 26Nov 26Nov 26Nov 26Nov 26Nov 25Nov 5Nov 5Nov 5Nov 5Nov 4Nov 4Nov 4Nov 4Nov 4Nov 3Nov 3Nov 3Nov 3Nov 3Nov 2Nov 2Nov 2Nov 2Nov 1Nov 1Oct 31Oct 31Oct 31Oct 31Oct 27Oct 26Oct 25Oct 22Oct 22Oct 20Oct 19Oct 18Oct 13Oct 10Oct 9Oct 6Oct 6Oct 6Oct 4Oct 1Oct 1Sep 15Sep 7Sep 6Aug 30Aug 24Aug 21Aug 21Aug 21Aug 20Aug 13Jul 31Jul 24Jul 17Jul 10Jul 5Jul 5Jul 1Jun 30Jun 27Jun 26Jun 25Jun 23Jun 22Jun 21Jun 21Jun 21Jun 20Jun 20Jun 19Jun 19Jun 16Jun 2May 28May 26May 24May 24May 21Apr 4Apr 2Mar 7Jan 27Jan 21Dec 6, 2017Nov 29Nov 5
“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.
Repeated 104 times:Jan 19, 2019Jan 14Jan 11Jan 10Jan 10Jan 10Jan 6Jan 4Jan 3Jan 2Dec 26, 2018Dec 25Dec 20Dec 11Dec 11Nov 26Nov 26Nov 14Nov 9Nov 7Nov 5Nov 5Nov 4Nov 4Nov 3Nov 2Nov 2Nov 1Nov 1Oct 31Oct 27Oct 26Oct 23Oct 22Oct 22Oct 20Oct 19Oct 19Oct 19Oct 18Oct 16Oct 13Oct 12Oct 11Oct 9Oct 4Oct 2Oct 1Oct 1Sep 29Sep 21Sep 20Sep 20Sep 20Sep 18Sep 7Sep 7Sep 6Sep 6Sep 5Sep 4Aug 31Aug 30Aug 30Aug 23Aug 23Aug 21Aug 20Aug 13Aug 4Aug 2Aug 1Jul 31Jul 30Jul 17Jul 5Jun 27Jun 26Jun 25Jun 23Jun 21Jun 20Jun 9Jun 6Jun 6May 29May 29May 24May 21May 16May 10Apr 28Apr 17Apr 13Apr 5Apr 5Apr 3Apr 3Apr 3Mar 29Mar 29Mar 28Mar 23Mar 22
“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.
Repeated 97 times:Jan 10, 2019Jan 2Dec 31, 2018Nov 7Nov 4Nov 1Oct 26Oct 23Oct 23Oct 23Oct 20Oct 17Oct 11Oct 8Oct 2Oct 2Sep 29Sep 20Sep 7Sep 7Sep 5Sep 5Sep 4Sep 2Aug 31Aug 31Aug 30Aug 27Aug 27Aug 16Aug 13Aug 13Aug 4Aug 1Aug 1Jul 27Jul 26Jul 24Jul 23Jul 19Jul 18Jul 16Jul 5Jul 3Jul 1Jun 29Jun 28Jun 27Jun 27Jun 23Jun 23Jun 20Jun 20Jun 19Jun 18Jun 11Jun 7Jun 6Jun 6Jun 1May 28May 24May 24May 10May 4Apr 28Apr 27Apr 26Apr 18Apr 16Apr 12Mar 20Mar 13Mar 10Mar 6Feb 26Feb 24Feb 23Feb 12Feb 5Feb 1Jan 30Jan 28Jan 28Jan 26Jan 24Jan 19Jan 18Jan 16Jan 16Jan 16Jan 10Jan 8Jan 8Jan 6Sep 6, 2017Jul 25
“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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