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Fact Check: ‘Trillions’ spent overseas

“We’ve spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.”

THE FACT CHECKER: Trump often incorrectly claims that the United States spent $6 trillion on the wars in the Middle East (while including Afghanistan) but here he plays it safe. The wars in Iraq (in the Middle East) and Afghanistan (in South Asia) together cost about $1.6 trillion from 2001 to 2014. His $6 trillion-figure adds in estimates of future spending, such as interest on the debt and veterans care for the next three decades.

Former president Barack Obama often pleaded with the GOP-led Congress to pass a major infrastructure bill but never received much support. We will see if Trump has any more success.

Real-time fact-checking and analysis of Trump’s address to Congress
Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Trump is headed to the Capitol tonight to deliver his first speech as president to a joint session of Congress. The speech is expected to outline budget goals and priorities.

The speech is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.; you can watch coverage starting at 8:45 p.m. here.

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