Lies President Trump Has Told:
146. 8/17/17 Hours after a van plowed through a crowd in Barcelona, Spain, and left at least 12 people dead, Donald Trump tweeted condemnation of the attack and quickly followed with a statement about U.S. Gen. John Pershing that historians describe as urban legend. “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!” he tweeted.
The full claim, which Trump repeated several times during the 2016 presidential campaign, is that in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, Pershing had his men dip 50 bullets in pig blood and use them to kill 49 Muslim prisoners. The survivor was told to relay the experience to others. The story claims that terrorism was kept in check for decades. If true, the story would constitute a war crime under U.S. law, which prohibits execution of prisoners. “This story is a fabrication and has long been discredited,” Brian McAllister Linn, a Texas A&M University historian, told Politifact. “I am amazed it is still making the rounds.” Even if the story about Pershing were true, the claim of 25, 35 or 42 years of peace and quiet would be false. Unrest continued long after the war, and the Philippines continues to have an active Muslim-based insurgency.
145. 8/15/17 The reporter pressed him on how an improved economy would ease race relations. “Because the people are going to be working,” Trump said. “They’re going to be making a lot of money, much more than they ever thought possible. That’s going to happen. The other thing, very important: I believe wages will start going up. They haven’t gone up for a long time.”
144. 8/15/17 “Because I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So I only tell you this. There are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country.”
In reality, both the Unite the Right marchers and the counter-protesters had official permission to assemble on Saturday, either from a court or from the city. If Trump meant to refer to the Friday night march, then neither side would have needed a permit to assemble. And if he did mean Friday night’s march, then he is seriously distorting the torch-light march by saying participants were “protesting very quietly.” We rate the statement Pants on Fire.
143. 8/15/17 “When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts.”
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142. 8/15/17 After speaking about the protests in Charlottesville, Trump said he owned 1 of the largest wineries in the country, in Charlottesville.
141. 8/9/17 “My first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”
What Trump did shortly after taking office was neither his first order nor a unique action; every new president in recent years has requested a Nuclear Posture Review. In addition, the ongoing nuclear modernization plan — which dates back to the Obama administration and will take decades to complete — would not have notched achievements in six months sufficient to be characterized as “far stronger and more powerful than ever before.” We rate the statement False.
140. 8/1/17 “I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful,” Mr. Trump told The Wall Street Journal.
On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America said it was not aware of any call from its leadership to Mr. Trump. In a statement, the organization said that an earlier statement from Michael Surbaugh, the organization’s chief, apologizing to scouts for Mr. Trump’s speech, “speaks for itself.” Mr. Surbaugh had expressed regret to those who were “offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree.’’
139. 7/31/17 “Even the president of Mexico called me,” Mr. Trump said, touting his success in cracking down on illegal immigration. “They said their southern border — very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment.”
The Mexican government said on Wednesday that no such telephone call took place. In a statement, Mexico’s secretary of foreign relations said Mr. Peña Nieto told Mr. Trump during the Group of 20 summit meeting that deportations of Mexicans from the United States had fallen 31 percent over the first six months of the year, compared with the same period in 2016.
138. 7/25/17 “We don’t want people that come into our country and immediately go on welfare and stay there for the rest of their lives.”
However, most immigrants cannot “immediately go on welfare” after coming to the United States. In fact, federal law already bars new immigrants, with some exceptions, from receiving welfare for five years, as we noted when Trump proposed legislation to that effect in June.
137. 7/25/17 “Since my election we’ve added much more than 1 million jobs.”
Between November and June, the nation added 1.2 million jobs, according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But, of course, Obama was president until Jan. 20, when Trump took the oath of office. Since January, the country has added 863,000 jobs. During the same time period last year, the country added 955,000 jobs. So while the economy continues to grow, the rate of job growth was higher in 2016.
136. 7/25/17 “We’ve achieved a historic increase in defense spending to get our troops the support they so richly deserve.”
The defense spending increase Trump laid out in his 2018 budget is not an unprecedented change, regardless of whether it includes war-related spending. It’s also not the done deal Trump described. In order to actually increase defense spending, Congress will have to appropriate the funding and raise the budget cap.
135. 7/25/17 “The person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from (Hillary Clinton) for wife!”
This tweet distorts key elements of the story, severely undercutting its accuracy. A Virginia state candidate married to an FBI official did get donations from a longtime Clinton supporter, McAuliffe, who was also the Democratic governor of Virginia. But the tweet ignores that the spouse played no role in fundraising for his wife’s campaign, and it ignores that that McAuliffe made the donations on his own, for state-level political goals — not to influence an investigation that Andrew McCabe wasn’t even involved in yet.
134. 7/24/17 Amazon has a “no-tax monopoly.”
Amazon is an industry giant, but it does not exert enough market control to be considered a monopoly, and no U.S. tribunal has ever deemed it as such. While Amazon takes advantage of tax breaks and loopholes, it pays federal corporate tax, and charges sales taxes in 46 U.S. jurisdictions. It also supports federal legislation that would require other online retailers to pay state tax on internet sales. Trump’s statement is inaccurate and ridiculous. We rate it Pants on Fire!
133. 7/19/17 President Donald Trump talked about how the FBI handled its findings as it investigated the Watergate break-in and its ties to the Nixon White House in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times. Here’s the transcript from that moment in the conversation with three reporters: “When Nixon came along (inaudible) was pretty brutal, and out of courtesy, the FBI started reporting to the Department of Justice. But there was nothing official, there was nothing from Congress. There was nothing—anything. But the FBI person really reports directly to the president of the United States, which is interesting.”
Justice Department annual reports dating from the birth of the FBI and the organizational structure of the Justice Department show that Trump is wrong. During Watergate, the FBI reported to the Attorney General’s Office because that is what it was created to do. It was not a matter of courtesy. Trump’s ability to hire and fire the FBI director gives him ultimate authority over the conduct of the FBI director, but that’s separate from the reporting obligations of the bureau to the Justice Department.
132. 7/17/17 “In just a few months and moments, I will say what we’ve done over a short period of time and what we’re going to be doing over the next six months will be incredible. We’ve signed more bills—and I’m talking about through the legislature—than any president ever. For a while, Harry Truman had us, and now I think we have everybody, Mike.”
The 42 bills he had signed into law through 178 days in office trails the number signed by at least six other presidents at that point in their presidencies. But it’s also worth noting that most of the laws with Trump’s signature are not major pieces of legislation, as PolitiFact National has reported.We rate Trump’s statement False.
131. 7/16/17 “The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!”
130. 7/12/17 “We’ve really helped because I’ve gotten rid of the Johnson Amendment, now we are going to go try to get rid of it permanently in Congress, but I signed an executive order so that now people like you that I want to hear from, ministers and and preachers and rabbis and whoever it may be, they can speak,” Trump said in a July 12 interview with Pat Robertson. “You know, you couldn’t speak politically before; now you can. And I want to hear from you and others that we like.”
Experts say Trump’s claim is an overstatement because his executive order merely directed the Treasury Department to be lenient in its enforcement of the law. The president does not have constitutional authority to eliminate laws. In practice, the law has rarely been enforced, experts said, and clergy members have spoken about social and political issues, or even spoken in favor or against candidates. Trump’s statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. We rate it Mostly False.
129. 7/7/17 – “Everyone here [G20 summit] is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!”
Trump is conflating the hacking of Podesta’s emails with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee servers. Podesta wouldn’t have the DNC server to turn over. You can’t refuse to turn something you never had in the first place. Podesta noted: “BTW, I had nothing to do with the DNC.” Also, FBI is the organization to which these servers would be turned over. Not the CIA. The FBI was leading an investigation into Russian meddling into the election, not the CIA.
128. 7/4/17 “Gas prices are the lowest in the U.S. in over ten years!”
There were 85 weeks in which gas cost less than $2.26 per gallon, the price it was at the time of Trump’s tweet. That means that for about one-sixth of the time over the last decade, gas cost less than it does now.
127. 6/28/17 “We’re pretty much at the 50 percent mark” on deportations of MS-13 gang members.”
The latest available data from ICE shows 2,798 gang members have been removed in fiscal year 2017. But that includes members of all gangs, not just MS-13. Even if all were MS-13, that would not be half of the estimated 10,000 MS-13 gang members in the country. And fiscal year 2017 includes more than three months that Obama was in office.
126. 6/27/17 “Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories,” Trump tweeted June 27, before adding: “Ratings way down!”
When it comes to comparing CNN’s current ratings to past ratings, the verdict is clear: They’ve moved up in several major categories compared to recent years. For its part, CNN called its second-quarter figures a “ratings milestone,” with the cable news network tallying a record number of total viewers, and its best second quarter since 2003 in terms of total day viewership among 25-54-year olds.
125. 6/21/17 “After decades of rebuilding foreign nations all over the world, we are now rebuilding our nation. As of a few months ago, our country has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, wasted. … We started 16 years ago and it’s in far worse shape than it was 16 years ago by many times over. So, we spent all of this money, all of these lives.”
Actually, the U.S. has spent about $1.7 trillion through fiscal year 2016, which ended Sept. 30, 2016. His campaign cited a Reuters news article about a study that projected the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost the U.S. $6 trillion “over the next four decades.” The story said the cost estimate included “future commitments, such as the medical and disability claims of U.S. war veterans.” It may be that the wars eventually will cost the U.S. $6 trillion. However, Trump said the U.S. “has spent $6 trillion” (past tense) as of “a few months ago.” That’s not accurate.
124. 6/21/17 “I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years. And we’ll be putting in legislation to that effect very shortly.”
Such a law already exists. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, signed into law in 1996 by then-President Bill Clinton, states that immigrants are “not eligible for any Federal means-tested public benefit for a period of 5 years beginning on the date of the alien’s entry into the United States.” That would include such benefits as food stamps, Medicaid and Social Security.
123. 6/21/17 “I want to make sure the next generation of Americans has that opportunity [to live on a farm] as well. And, in particular, that includes your children and your grandchildren, and [we are] working very hard to get rid of the death tax so that those farms can be passed on.”
And at his rally later that evening, he said the estate tax should go because, “You should have a right to pass your farm onto your children and onto your grandchildren.” The fact is, however, that more than 99 percent of all farms are expected to be passed on without paying any estate tax at all. Repeal of the federal estate tax would benefit only the very wealthiest multimillionaires. And even the few who owe any tax may spread payments out over more than a decade.
122. 6/21/17 “The other thing that I have to tell you. You have a gang called MS-13. … These are true animals. We are moving them out of the country by the thousands, by the thousands.”
Trump is referring to the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a gang that was formed by Salvadoran immigrants in Los Angeles in the 1980s. In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that there are 10,000 MS-13 gang members in the United States. That made us skeptical of the claim that “thousands” already had been deported. We asked the White House how many gang members have been removed under the Trump administration, but it declined to comment. However, the Washington Post on May 24 wrote that this year the U.S. has deported 398 gang members to El Salvador “compared with 534 in all of 2016, according to Salvadoran government statistics.”
121. 6/21/17 “Obamacare has led to fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans.”
About 20 million more people have insurance today than before, directly as a result of the new health care law. The White House neglects that critical point. The sole thread of truth is that with the insurance exchanges set up by the law, the number of carriers has dwindled. That is a real problem, but as experts and insurance companies have noted, that is partly a result of what this administration has done. Its policies on spending and enforcement have undercut the ability of carriers to participate in the exchanges. We rate this claim Mostly False.
120. 6/18/17 “The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating. That’s higher than O’s #’s!”
Trump has engaged in some serious cherry-picking. Other polling in this time frame shows approval ratings for Trump that are seven to 11 percentage points below Rasmussen’s finding. And contrary to Trump’s assertion, Obama’s numbers in the same poll at the same point in his presidency were higher than Trump’s current results. We rate the claim Mostly False.
119. 6/15/17 Twitter “Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, ‘bleached’ emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?”
118. 6/13/17 “Two million more people just dropped out of Obamacare. It is in a death spiral.”
In a tweet, Trump linked 2 million people dropping coverage on the Obamacare exchanges to a “death spiral.” The figure is plucked out of context. The pattern of people signing up and then dropping coverage has been steady over the past few years. One reason people do so, experts and government data say, is because they find coverage someplace else, most often by getting a job. The current government report behind Trump’s figure suggests the percentage of people letting their policies lapse has gone up, but this year, the government changed when it counted those lapsed policies. According to experts, that change created the appearance of a trend that might not exist. Trump’s statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. We rate it Mostly False.
117. 6/12/17 Rare is the president “who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than what we’ve done, between the executive orders and the job-killing regulations that have been terminated.”
Scholars of the presidency and Congress are unconvinced that Trump’s legislative and administrative output is exceptional by historical standards. Trump has signed a relatively large number of bills so far, but comparatively few with significant impact. And while some of his executive orders have made an immediate impact, most have merely expressed his policy preferences or set in motion a process that may, or may not, change policies down the road. We rate the statement Mostly False.
116. 6/7/17 “Next week we’re opening a big coal mine. You know about that. One in Pennsylvania. It’s actually a new mine. That hadn’t happened in a long time, folks. But we’re putting the people and we’re putting the miners back to work.”
Trump did not name the Pennsylvania mine, and the White House did not respond to us. But these kinds of events are rare enough that it is clear he is referring to the June 8 grand opening of the Corsa Coal Company’s Acosta Deep Mine more than 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. What did Trump’s presidency have to do with its opening? Nothing. Development of the Acosta mine began in September, two months before the presidential election.
115. 6/4/17 “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’ ”
Trump portrayed Khan as an official with his head in the sand about the attacks that disrupted his city. The reality is the president plucked five words from the mayor’s longer message that condemned the terrorist acts and explained why Londoners would see an increased police presence in the coming days. Khan was not saying there is “no reason to be alarmed,” period, by the attack — he was pre-empting concerns about what law enforcement presence might mean in the days to come.
114. 6/1/17 “China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement.”
False. Under the Paris agreement, each country publicly declares how much it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and what it will do to get there. In fact, China has actually taken steps to stop building coal plants. China has cut its use of coal three years in a row. (Robert Reich via Facebook)
113. 6/1/17 “Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree — think of that; this much — Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. Tiny, tiny amount.”
Misleading. Tackling climate problems depends on taking a series of incremental steps to reduce carbon emissions. Pulling out of the Paris agreement would require even bigger future reductions. (Robert Reich via Facebook)
112. 6/1/17 “At 1 percent growth, renewable sources of energy can meet some of our domestic demand. But at 3 or 4 percent growth, which I expect, we need all forms of available American energy, or our country will be at grave risk of brownouts and blackouts.”
Baloney. Economic growth stems from population growth and improvements in productivity. Neither of these factors will drive 3 percent or 4 percent growth in the U.S, regardless. (Robert Reich via Facebook)
111. 6/1/17 “India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it. India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours.”
Rubbish. The Paris accord doesn’t even mention the word coal, nor does it do anything to put a global moratorium on coal. Each signatory sets its own goals and has to report on its progress. India has committed to reduce emissions 33 to 35 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. (Robert Reich via Facebook)
110. 5/26/17 – Twitter: “Just arrived in Italy for the G7. Trip has been very successful. We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs”
We can’t know for sure how many jobs will be created or saved — nor, despite the certainty of his language, does Trump — but the evidence at this point is so thin and so premature as to be little more than puffery or wishful thinking. We rate the statement False.
109. 5/11/17 “This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”
That doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia meddled in the election with the intent to harm Clinton, and by extension, help Trump. Further, the FBI is investigating any possible coordination between Russia and Trump campaign associates, and both Democrats and Republican members of Congress are seriously examining these questions.
108. 5/11/17 “I don’t know if it’s an FBI investigation or if it’s Congress, if it’s the Senate and the House.”
He should know. All three — the FBI, the Senate and the House — are investigating. “We consider it to be a highly significant investigation,” Andrew McCabe, now the acting FBI director, said at a May 11 Senate hearing. There are also Russia-related inquiries from Congress: The House intelligence committee, Senate intelligence committee, House oversight committee and the Senate judiciary committee. Other intelligence agencies, as well as the Treasury, are also involved in the Russia inquiries to some degree.
107. 5/11/17 “I have no investments in Russia, none whatsoever.”
Lawyers for Trump released a letter May 12 saying Trump does not have any income, debt or investments related to Russia, with a couple exceptions: Trump hosted the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013, a $20 million deal facilitated by Russian real estate mogul and billionaire Aras Agalarov. He also made millions selling a 17-bedroom Florida mansion to a Russian billionaire. We can’t independently examine the extent of Trump’s business dealings in Russia, in part because he hasn’t released his tax returns. But journalists have pulled together examples of Trump seeking out business opportunities in Russia or with Russian buyers throughout his career. Notably, Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., said in a 2008 real estate conference that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.”
106. 5/11/17 “This is a public meeting,” regarding his May 10 Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
105. 5/1/17 I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person but he had a big heart and he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, “There’s no reason for this.”
First of all, Jackson died in June 1845—16 years before the Civil War started in 1861. So Jackson did not see “what was happening with regard to the Civil War,” as Trump said. “His belief in a permanent indivisible national Union ran deeper than anything else in his character or circumstances,” Feller said. But, he added, Jackson “did not, as far as we know, speculate about or anticipate a civil war over slavery in particular.”
104. 4/30/17 “Dems want billions to go to Insurance Companies to bail out donors” – Twitter
Democrats do want billions to go to health insurance companies — but not for the reason Trump claims. Their cooperation has been essential to the functioning of the health care system set up by the Affordable Care Act. Trump’s suggestion that Democrats are engaged in a corrupt quid pro quo involving Obamacare subsidies in exchange for campaign contributions is patently absurd, health care experts said, particularly given that industry donations over the past decade show a clear bias in favor of Republicans.
103. 4/29/17 The trade deficit with Mexico is close to $70 billion, even with Canada it’s $17 billion trade deficit with Canada.
For the second year in a row, the U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada. In 2016, the U.S. had an $8.1 billion trade surplus in goods and services with Canada, up nearly 33 percent from the $6.1 billion surplus in 2015. The last time the U.S. had a deficit with Canada was 2014.
102. 4/26/17 “The previous administration bypassed the states to place over 265 million acres of land and water under federal control through the abuse of the monuments designation.”
All of the land was already managed by federal land agencies. No private, state or other land was “seized” or “grabbed” in Bears Ears or other monuments. Nor did the locals lose any control over the land in question. In fact, in the case of Bears Ears, local tribes gained more control as high-level advisors to the monument manager.
101. 4/21/17 “You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism.”
When NATO was founded in 1949, terrorism had long existed in Europe, often by separatist groups (such as Irish Republicans) or anarchists. A bombing in 1867 in London by the Irish Republican Brotherhood killed 12 people and injured 120.
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100. 4/21/17 “The electoral college is so skewed in favor of a Democrat that it’s very, very hard.” Citation
99. 4/21/17 Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) “said you will be the greatest president. He said you will be, in front of five, six people, he said you will be the greatest president in the history of this country.” Citation
98. 4/21/17 “So we are moving criminals out of our country and we are getting them out in record numbers and those are the people we are after. We are not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals.” Citation
97. 4/21/17 “President Xi [of China], from the time I took office, they have not been currency manipulators.” Citation
96. 4/21/17 “I saved $725 million on the 90 planes… And the reason they cut—same planes, same everything—was because of me.” Citation
95. 4/21/17 “I’ve done more than any other president in the first 100 days.” Citation
94. 4/21/17 Trump said he had “never heard of Wikileaks” when WikiLeaks published emails and documents belonging to the Democrats in 2016, and he doesn’t “support or unsupport” the organization. Citation
93. 4/21/17 “We create a lot of jobs, 500,000 jobs as of two months ago, and plenty created since.” Citation
92. 4/18/17 “I support the concept of everything from the U.S. You know, I don’t know if you saw, but I approved a pipeline, right, called the Keystone pipeline, and other pipelines. And I want them to use American steel, American product. I want it manufactured here. And I made those changes just before we signed it. I said, Where’s the steel coming from? So, all pipelines that are coming into this country from now on has to be American steel, which is really a big factor.” Citation
91. 4/17/17 “The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!” (Twitter) Citation
90. 4/12/17 “Hundreds and hundreds of people. And then they’ll say, why isn’t Trump doing this faster? You can’t do it faster, because they’re obstructing. They’re obstructionists. So I have people — hundreds of people that we’re trying to get through. I mean, you have — you see the backlog. We can’t get them through.” Citation
89. 4/12/17 “The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago, and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism.” Citation
88. 4/12/17 “When you look at Susan Rice and what’s going on, and so many people are coming up to me and apologizing now. They’re saying, you know, you were right when you said that.” Citation
87. 4/11/17 “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump said. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist, and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary. Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will,” Trump said. Citation
86. 4/4/17 “There was a very large infrastructure bill that was approved during the Obama administration, a trillion dollars,” Trump said. “To this day, I haven’t heard of anything being built. They used most of that money. It went, and they used it on social programs.”Citation
85. 4/4/17 Appearing to reference the number of Americans out of work, Trump said, “We have 100 million people if you look.” He said a “good percentage” of them would like to have jobs. “When you look for a job, you can’t find it and you give up,” Trump said. “You are now considered statistically employed. But I don’t consider those people employed.” Citation
84. 3/24/17 “What would be good, is if the Democrats, when it explodes, got together and worked with us and got a real health care bill. I would be totally open to it and I think it is going to happen. I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because now they own Obamacare, 100% own it. It is not a Republican healthcare, it is not anything but a Democrat healthcare, and they have Obamacare for a little while longer,” he said. “This is not our bill, this is their bill.”
Is Trump a fan of irony, or just delusional? Pelosi, Schumer, the rest of the Democrats, and all Americans who want accessible healthcare were clearly the winners when the Ryan/Trump bill failed. And when did Democrats not own Obamacare? They passed it without any Republican support. The only time Republicans “owned” it was when it was called Romneycare and thought up the ideas. But they abandoned the concept when it was used by Democrats in 2008/09. And Democrats have always wanted to improve the plan, but since Republicans took the majority in the Congress, any change short of repeal has been blocked. Will they help now? We’ll see…
83. 3/22/17-Time Magazine interview: “Sweden. I make the statement, everyone goes crazy. The next day they have a massive riot, and death, and problems. … A day later they had a horrible, horrible riot in Sweden, and you saw what happened.” Citation
82. 3/22/17 “Huma and Anthony, you know, what I tweeted about that whole deal, and then it turned out he had it, all of Hillary’s email on his thing.” Citation
81. 3/22/17 “NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that, and I said that the allies must pay. Nobody knew that they weren’t paying. I did. I figured it. … What I said about NATO was true, people aren’t paying their bills.” Citation
80. 3/22/17 “Now remember this. When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I’m talking about is surveillance.” Citation
79. 3/22/17 “Here, headline, for the front page of the New York Times, ‘Wiretapped data used in inquiry of Trump aides.’ That’s a headline. Now they then dropped that headline, I never saw this until this morning. They then dropped that headline, and they used another headline without the word wiretap, but they did mean wiretap. Wiretapped data used in inquiry. Then changed after that, they probably didn’t like it. And they changed the title. They took the wiretap word out. … Front page, January 20th. Now in their second editions, they took it all down under the internet. They took that out. Ok? But that’s the way it is.” Citation
78. 3/22/17 Q: The claim that Muslims celebrated 9/11 in New Jersey…
A: Well if you look at the reporter, he wrote the story in The Washington Post. Citation
77. 3/22/17 “Well, now if you take a look at the votes, when I say that, I mean mostly they register wrong, in other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly, and/or illegally. And they then vote. You have tremendous numbers of people. In fact I’m forming a committee on it.” Citation
76. 3/22/17 “This just came out. This is a Politico story: Members of the Donald Trump Transition team possibly including Trump himself were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election. House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes told reporters, wow. Nunes said, so that means I’m right, Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been … incidental collection, that does not appear to have been related to concerns over Russia.” Citation
75. 3/22/17 “I inherited a mess with jobs, despite the statistics, you know, my statistics are even better, but they are not the real statistics because you have millions of people that can’t get a job, okay.” Citation
74. 3/20/17 (Twitter) The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process. Citation
73. 3/18/17 (Twitter) Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes…..vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany! Citation
72. 3/17/17 “I was in Tennessee — I was just telling the folks — and half of the state has no insurance company and the other half is gonna lose the insurance company. The people don’t know what to do. It’s a disaster. Obamacare is dead.” Citation
71. 3/15/17 Already, because of this new business climate, we are creating jobs that are starting to pour back into our country like we haven’t seen in many, many decades. In the first two job reports since I took the oath of office, we’ve already added nearly half a million new jobs. And believe me, it’s just beginning. Citation
70. 3/15/17 “We’re going to put our auto industry back to work.” Citation
69. 3/15/17 “Before NAFTA went into effect – by the way, NAFTA, a total disaster — there were 280,000 auto workers in Michigan. Today, that number is roughly 165,000 and would have been heading down big league if I didn’t get elected, I will tell you that right now. That I can tell you. Plenty of things were stopped in their tracks. They were stopped in their tracks. A lot of bad things were going to happen, a lot of places were going to get built that aren’t going to get built right now in other locations.” Citation
68. 3/15/17 “I’ve been reading about things. I read I think it was a Jan. 20 article in The New York Times — they were talking about wiretapping.” Citation
67. 3/15/17 “I have already authorized the construction of the long, stalled and delayed Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline. A lot of jobs. I have also directed that new pipelines must be constructed with American steel.” Citation
66. 3/15/17 “As I traveled all across this country, I met with many American families whose loved ones were viciously and violently killed by illegal immigrants because our government refused to enforce our already existing laws. These American victims were ignored by the media.” Citation
65. 3/15/17 “Hundreds of people from outside the country have been related to terrorism-related offenses.” Citation
64. 3/15/17 “We take them — ‘Come on in, folks. Come on in. No tax. Don’t worry about it.’ We make cars; they don’t take us.” Citation
63. 3/7/17 “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” Trump tweeted — from both his personal account and the official White House account, @POTUS. Citation
62. 3/4/17 (Twitter) “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” & “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”Citation
61. 2/28/17 “According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.” Citation
60. 2/28/17 His budget plan will offer “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” Citation
59. 2/28/17 “According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We have seen the attacks at home — from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, even the World Trade Center.” Citation
58. 2/28/17 “We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials — and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.” Citation
57. 2/28/17 “Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others, have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs.” Citation
56. 2/28/17 “We’ve saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter, and will be saving billions more dollars on contracts all across our government.” Citation
55. 2/28/17 “We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines — thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs — and I’ve issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel.” Citation
54. 2/28/17 “Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.” Citation
53. 2/28/17 “I can tell you the money is pouring in. Very nice.” Citation
52. 2/28/17 “Well, this was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something that was, you know, just, they wanted to do. And they came to see me, they explained what they wanted to do, the generals…. And they lost Ryan.” Citation
51. 2/27/17 – “Very complicated issue…. I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
Is this a lie, willful ignorance, or stupidity? No citations needed here, pretty much everyone knows the truth.
50. 2/25/17 – Trump tweeted, “The National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion.” Citation
49. 2/24/17 (CPAC Speech) By the way, you folks are in here—this place is packed, there are lines that go back six blocks and I tell you that because you won’t read about it, OK. But there are lines that go back six blocks, there is such love in this country for everything we stand for, you saw that on Election Day. Citation
48. 2/24/17 “But it was a little rigged against him [Bernie Sanders], you know, superdelegate, superdelegate. She [Hillary Clinton] had so many delegates before the thing even started, I actually said to my people, ‘How does that happen?’” Citation
47. 2/24/17 “These are bad dudes. We’re getting the bad ones out, okay? We’re getting the bad — if you watch these people, it’s like gee, that’s so sad. We’re getting bad people out of this country, people that shouldn’t be, whether it’s drugs or murder or other things. We’re getting bad ones out. Those are the ones that go first, and I said it from Day One. Basically all I’ve done is keep my promise.” Citation
46. 2/24/17 “In the Middle East, we’ve spent, as of four weeks ago, $6 trillion. Think of it.” Citation
45. 2/24/17 “Obamacare covers very few people — and remember, deduct from the number all of the people that had great health care that they loved that was taken away from them. It was taken away from them.” Citation
44. 2/24/17 “[The Keystone XL pipeline] could be 42,000 jobs, somewhere around there — a lot of jobs.” Citation
43. 2/24/17 “Ford and Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Intel and so many others are now, because of the election result, making major investments in the United States, expanding production and hiring more workers. And they’re going back to Michigan and they’re going back to Ohio and they’re going back to Pennsylvania and they’re going back to North Carolina and to Florida.” Citation
42. 2/24/17 “It’s time for all Americans to get off of welfare and get back to work — you’re going to love it, you’re going to love it, you’re going to love it.” Citation
41. 2/24/17 “They did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people. They dropped off the word fake.” Citation
40. 2/24/17 “We’ve defended other nations’ borders while leaving ours wide open, anybody can come in.” Citation
39. 2/18/17 Trump told the thousands at his [Florida] rally that he turned around a troubled contract for the F-35 that had been “seven years late, hundreds of billions of dollars over budget.” Trump said he negotiated for the defense contractor Lockheed Martin to shave “hundreds of millions of dollars off the price.” Citation
38. 2/18/17 Defending his stalled immigration ban, Trump said “there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was nothing.” Citation
37. 2/18/17 “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden … Sweden … who would believe this? Sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening Brussels, you look at what’s happening all over the world” Citation
36. 2/16/17 “We got 306 because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before so that’s the way it goes,” Trump said. “I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.” Citation
35. 2/16/17 Hillary Clinton gave [Russia] 20 percent of our uranium. Citation
34. 2/12/17 Twitter – While on FAKE NEWS @CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network. They said technical difficulties! Citation
33. 2/10/17 – The president claimed that he and [Senator Kelly] Ayotte both would have been victorious in the Granite State if not for the “thousands” of people who were “brought in on buses” from neighboring Massachusetts to “illegally” vote in New Hampshire. Trump also teased Ayotte, who distanced herself from him last summer after he attacked the parents of a Muslim Gold Star soldier for criticizing him during the Democratic Convention, saying that he wished she’d worked to help his campaign the way she was working to help Gorsuch. “He told her, ‘You’d have won if you’d been on my train,’” one participant recalled. Citation
32. 2/9/17 – Twitter – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him? Citation
31. 2/9/17 – Twitter – Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave “service” in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS! Citation
30. 2/7/17 – Trump told the National Sheriffs Association, “And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years. I used to use that, I’d say that in a speech and everybody was surprised. Because the press [gestures to reporters] doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to their advantage to say that. But the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, I guess, 45 to 47 years.” Citation
29. 2/7/17 Twitter – It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country. Obstruction by Democrats! Citation
28. 2/7/17 Twitter – I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy – yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem! Citation
27. 2/6/17 Twitter – The failing @nytimes was forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win. Now they are worse! Citation
26. 2/6/17 Twitter – Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting. Citation
25. 2/6/17 – “Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando, to San Bernardino and all across Europe,” Trump said. “You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported, and in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.” Citation
24. 2/5/17 – “I think it was very smooth. We had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.” Citation
23. 2/5/17 – “As you know, I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities,” Trump said. “They breed crime, there’s a lot of problems.” Citation
22. 2/5/17 – Trump defended his claim about the 3 million undocumented immigrants voting. Trump: “Many people have come out and said I’m right. You know that.” Citation
21. 2/5/17 – “When you see illegals — people who that are not citizens — and they’re on the registration rolls. Look Bill [O’Reilly], we can be babies, but you take a look at the registration, you have illegals, you have dead people, you have — it’s really a bad situation. It’s really bad.” Citation
20. 2/5/17 -“Obamacare is a disaster,” Trump said. “You have to remember Obamacare doesn’t work, so we are putting in a wonderful plan.” Citation
19. 2/5/17 – Trump continued his criticism of the Iran Deal, saying “We gave them $1.7 billion in cash, which is unheard of, and we put the money up and we have really nothing to show for it.” Citation
18. 2/4/17 Twitter – Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country. A terrible decision. Citation
17. 2/4/17 Twitter – After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost! Citation
16. 2/4/17 Twitter – Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it’s death & destruction!Citation
2/4/17 (Twitter) “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” About this “so-called” judge – Citation
14. 2/2/17 “I love Australia as a country, but we had a problem where for whatever reason, President Obama said that they were going to take probably well over 1,000 illegal immigrants who were in prisons, and they were going to bring them and take them into this country. And I just said, ‘Why?’…1,250. It could be 2,000, it could be more than that.” Citation
13. “Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a lifeline in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion.” Citation
12. 2/2/17 Trump declared last week on Twitter: “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and … even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time).” Citation
11. 2/1/17 (Tweet) “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!” Citation
10. 1/29/17 “My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” Citation
9. 1/27/17 “If you were a Muslim, you could come in, if you were a Christian, it was impossible.” Citation
8. 1/26/17 The president called waterboarding “just short of torture,” and said, “I will tell you, though, it works. And I just spoke to people who told me it worked, and that’s what they do.” Citation
7. 1/26/17 “Here in Philadelphia, murder has been steady — I mean — just terribly increasing.” Citation
6. 1/25/17 “So, look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech,” Trump said, according to the transcript of the interview. “Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can’t have that. They weren’t shot at the speech. But they were shot in the city of Chicago during his speech. What — what’s going on?” Citation
5. 1/25/17 “I want to recognize the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and border patrol officers in this room today and to honor their service and not just because they unanimously endorsed me for president.” Citation
4. 1/25/17 “So nobody ever deducts all the people that have already lost their health insurance that liked it. You had millions of people that liked their health insurance and their healthcare and their doctor and where they went. You had millions of people that now aren’t insured anymore.” Citation
3. 1/25/17 “Well, we should’ve kept the oil when we got out [of Iraq]. And, you know, it’s very interesting, had we taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS because they fuel themselves with the oil. That’s where they got the money.” Citation
2. 1/22/17 “I have a running war with the media,” he said. “They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.” Citation
1. 1/20/17 “We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon,” he said. “One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.” Citation
Sources: Politifact.com, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, CNN, the Star.com, the Washington Post, Politico, Business Insider, The Slot, the New York Times, FactCheck.org.
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