President Trump’s Lies

Lies President Trump Has Told:

205. 1/11/18 “Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars,” Trump tweeted Jan. 11. “Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”

Actually, the Bush administration put the plan in place after concluding that the existing embassy could not meet security requirements. The cost was about $200 million less than Trump said, $1.02 billion rather than $1.2 billion, and was financed through the sale of the old embassy and two other State Department properties in London. While he is correct that the sale occurred on Obama’s watch, the wheels were turning and preliminary contracts had been signed earlier.

204. 1/9/18 “President Obama, when he signed the executive order, actually said he doesn’t have the right to do this. You have to go through Congress. Whether he does or whether he doesn’t, let’s assume he doesn’t. He said it.”

The smaller errors in that statement are that Obama didn’t sign an executive order, and that when he announced the new policy, he didn’t say that he lacked the authority. The bigger issue is that in 2010 and 2011, Obama reserved the right to enforce immigration laws selectively. His emphasis was on deporting criminals who were undocumented, rather than undocumented students or workers who presented no threat to public safety. To be sure, Obama drove home the point many times that his hands were tied and that he had to follow the law. His words about his legal flexibility were vague and gave no hint about the DACA program, an approach that took the idea of selective enforcement to a new level.

203. 1/4/18 I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!

The president may not have personally authorized it, but Wolff had more than a dozen interactions with officials at the White House, according to Trump’s own press secretary. Press corps members also spotted Wolff at the White House on multiple occasions. Sanders also said Wolff and Trump spoke by phone for “five to seven minutes” after Trump became president, which contradicts Trump’s artful phrasing as to their communication.

202. 1/3/18 “Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry. Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.”

In our [Politifact’s] previous articles on this topic, numerous election experts dismissed assertions like those made by Trump. Asked again for this article, experts agreed that nothing new had emerged as a result of the commission’s work.

201. 12/28/17 Trump, who began the year by falsely claiming the largest inaugural crowd ever, ended it by playing up the extent of his support on social media.

As of Friday, Mr. Trump has 45.4 million followers on Twitter, 24.2 millionon Facebook and 8.1 million on Instagram, for a total of 77.7 million, less than half of the 158 million he claimed. (The White House’s accounts on those same platforms would bring him up to 106 million.) And besides, people who follow him are not necessarily supporters – many of us do to keep track of the madness he is tweeting every day…

200. 12/28/17 He claimed to have “saved coal,” contrary to trends reported by the government.

The number of coal mining jobs fell to about 48,600 in September 2016 from almost 90,000 in January 2012. Under Mr. Trump, employment in the sector made modest gains until this September — when job numbers reached about 51,700 — but it has since declined. Coal production, too, increased in the first quarter of 2017, but declined in the second quarter. The Energy Information Administration, in its latest assessment of the coal sector, estimated “lower exports and no growth in coal consumption” in 2018.

199. 12/28/17 Democrats “made the Russian story up as a hoax, as a ruse, as an excuse for losing an election.”

The United States government sounded the alarms long before Mr. Trump was elected. Publicly, in October 2016, the Obama administration formally accused the Russian government of interfering in the election. Privately, at a Group of 20 meeting in September 2016 in China, President Barack Obama told President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to “cut it out.” And John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, said he also warned his Russian counterpart in a phone call that August.

198. 12/28/17 Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, appeared “on television saying there is no collusion” between his campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

Feinstein has said she has not yet seen evidence of collusion, not that the evidence shows no collusion.

“It’s an open question because there’s no proof yet that it’s happened, and I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller’s investigation,” she said in an interview in October with CBS, referring to the special counsel overseeing the inquiry.

197. 12/28/17 The claims against Paul Manafort occurred “many years ago before I ever heard of him.”

The two men reportedly met in 2011. Paul Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016, was promoted to campaign chairman and chief strategist that May and was ousted that August. Mr. Manafort is accused of serving as an unregistered agent of Ukraine from at least 2006 to 2015, laundering payments from 2006 to 2016 and making false statements to investigators from Nov. 23, 2016, to Feb. 10, 2017.

196. 12/27/17 At a West Palm Beach fire station Trump said, “You know, one of the things that people don’t understand — we have signed more legislation than anybody. We broke the record of Harry Truman.”

In his first 100 days, Trump had signed the most bills of any president since Truman. Since then, however, he has fallen further and further behind. Just days before the end of his first calendar year in office, Trump ranks last among the 10 post-war presidents who began their term on the regular cycle.

195. 12/20/17 “We essentially repealed Obamacare because we got rid of the individual mandate, which was terrible,” Trump said. “And that was a primary source of funding of Obamacare.”

Eliminating the mandate does undercut the Affordable Care Act, but it hardly repeals it. In reality, the major pieces of the Affordable Care Act remain in place. On the money side, the penalties represent less than 3 percent of the cost of the program, and other taxes directly tied to paying for Obamacare are four and five times larger. Overall, this change will be disruptive, but not terminal. It certainly does not “essentially repeal” Obamacare. We rate Trump’s claim False.

194. 12/15/17 Trump said of the diversity visa lottery program, “they give us their worst people, they put them in a bin,” and “the worst of the worst” are selected. Trump based his criticism of the lottery program on the fact that the suspect in a New York City terror attack came through the program in 2010.

Trump’s simplistic characterization gives a misleading impression of how the process actually works. First of all, countries don’t “give us” immigrants. The lottery is administered by the United States, not foreign governments. Lottery entrants must meet educational and work experience requirements, and winners are chosen at random by a computer. Also, winning the lottery does not necessarily mean the person will come to the United States. They must be thoroughly vetted before being awarded a visa.

193. 12/8/17 “Look at these guys, ‘Blacks for Trump,’ ” Trump said, quoting their sign, on Dec. 8. “I love you. I love you. By the way, now that you bring it up, black homeownership just hit the highest level it has ever been in the history of our country. Congratulations.”

In reality, the black homeownership rate peaked in 2004 and has fallen almost every year since, due in large part to the Great Recession and its aftermath. We rate the statement False.

192. 12/4/17 “Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI, nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and they’ve destroyed his life. I think it’s a shame,” Trump said Dec. 4 before boarding Marine One for a trip to Utah. Trump recalled the summer of the 2016 presidential campaign, when the FBI probed Clinton’s use of private email while secretary of state. “Hillary Clinton, on the Fourth of July weekend, went to the FBI, not under oath. It was the most incredible thing anyone’s ever seen. She lied many times, nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and it’s like they ruined his life. It’s very unfair.”

We at PolitiFact don’t know exactly what Clinton told FBI investigators. We also know, however, that Trump failed to back up his allegation. Former FBI director Comey in congressional testimony said there was no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI. We rate Trump’s claim False.

191. 11/29/17 Trump said, “This (tax bill) is going to cost me a fortune, this thing — believe me. Believe me, this is not good for me.”

While there is uncertainty about the exact scale of Trump’s potential gains — both because of the lack of a final version of the bill and because of big gaps in the public knowledge about his personal finances — either of the GOP bills would almost certainly give Trump a big windfall. Two independent analyses suggest that it could be in the low tens of millions of dollars immediately. His family also could get as much as $1.1 billion over the longer term if the estate tax is fully repealed, as the House bill would do.

190. 11/29/17 During a speech in St. Charles, Mo., to promote Republican tax legislation in Congress, President Donald Trump tried to offer some historical context. “You know, for years, they have not been able to get tax cuts — many, many years, since Reagan.”

That’s flat wrong. Under three presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — Congress enacted nine tax bills worth in the tens of billions of dollars in revenue reductions over four years.

184. 11/29/17 “So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the ‘unsolved mystery’ that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”

Trump said Scarborough is party to an “unsolved mystery” from his time as a congressman in Florida. The guts of the attack are nothing more than an unproven conspiracy theory — no different than President Barack Obama being born outside the United States or Ted Cruz’s father being involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This case is not unsolved. It is not a mystery.

183. 11/26/17 “The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY. Jones would be a disaster!”

While Jones has criticized tax breaks for the rich, we found no examples of him calling to raise taxes. On the contrary, we found several instances of Jones supporting tax cuts for corporations and the middle class.

182. 11/24/17 “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!”

Later that evening, Time tweeted that Mr. Trump “is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year.” The magazine says it doesn’t comment on its choice until publication. 

181. 11/21/17 “I can tell you for a fact we do not need somebody that’s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military,” Trump said in a brief statement to reporters in which he seemed to tacitly endorse Republican candidate Roy Moore. “You don’t need somebody who’s soft on crime like [Doug] Jones.”

“Ironically, Jones had a tough on crime track record,” wrote Joyce White Vance, the U.S. attorney in Birmingham during the Obama administration. She cited cases he worked on against Eric Rudolph, who was convicted in 2001 for bombing an Alabama abortion clinic, as well as others she said targeted voter fraud, corrupt police and drug dealers. “Moore on the other hand, often sided with defendants,” she wrote, citing a New York Times report that showed how Moore, as an Alabama Supreme Court judge, sided with those accused of sexual crimes or misconduct more than his colleagues and showed empathy for defendants in other cases.

180. “I mean, give me a break. They’re political hacks. So you look at it — I mean, you have [John] Brennan, you have [James] Clapper, and you have [James] Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he’s proven to be a leaker.”

Brennan, Clapper and Comey spent their professional lives in the intelligence and law enforcement worlds and thus are not political hacks. There is no proof that Comey lied about his interactions with Trump.

179. 11/11/17 “We have a $30 billion trade deficit with South Korea.”

Trump, as is his practice, inflates the size of the trade deficit by only counting goods, not good and services. The 2016 trade deficit with South Korea was $17 billion.

178. 11/11/17 “We have a $70 billion trade deficit with Japan.”

Trump, as is his practice, inflates the size of the trade deficit by only counting goods, not good and services. The 2016 trade deficit with Japan was $55 billion.

177. 11/11/17 “The deal is so bad for rich people, I had to throw in the estate tax just to give them something.”

No matter how you slice it, the superwealthy do rather well under the House GOP proposal. Not only do they benefit from a reduction in tax rates, but there are numerous other provisions that benefits the wealthy, including repeal of the alternative minimum tax and lower rate for pass-through entities. The top one percent end up with about 47 percent of the tax cuts, according to the Tax Policy Center.

176. 11/11/17 “The United States, under my administration, is completely rebuilding its military and is spending hundreds of billions of dollars to the newest and finest military equipment anywhere in the world being built, right now. I want peace through strength.”

This is false. Trump’s proposed ten percent increase is actually relatively modest. In the past 30 years, at least one-third of the time the core defense budget was boosted more than Trump’s request–in some cases more than double the percentage requested by Trump.

175. 11/7/17 “You look at the city with the strongest gun laws in our nation, is Chicago, and Chicago is a disaster.”

The statement is years out of date. After a Supreme Court ruling, Chicago residents can own handguns and carry them unseen on the streets. A national gun control group puts seven states above Illinois in regulating gun ownership.

174. 11/6/17 “The state of Virginia economy, under Democrat rule, has been terrible.”

Virginia has among the lowest unemployment rates in the United States — lower than the rest of the country.

173. 11/6/17 “The United States is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.”

Trump almost never gets this correct. The Pew Research Center, using 2014 data, found that the tax bill for Americans, under various scenarios, is below average for developed countries. In 2014, according to comparative tables of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), revenue as a percentage of the gross domestic product — the broadest measure of the economy — was 26 percent for the United States. Out of 34 countries, that put the United States in the bottom third — and well below the OECD average of 34.4 percent.

172. 11/6/17 “The Keystone Pipeline was dead. And the Dakota Access Pipeline was in even in worse shape because they built it but they weren’t allowed to hook it up. So I consider not starting even better than that. And in my first week, I approved both. It’s 42,000 jobs. The Dakota is already open and Keystone is starting; it’s actually already started.”

Trump appears to be combining two disputed figures — 28,000 jobs for Keystone XL and 12,000 for the Dakota Access Pipeline– and then hyping it even more. We have looked closely at the Keystone numbers, and the same methodological issues appear to apply to the Dakota estimates. The actual number of Keystone construction jobs, for instance, is just 3,900 on an annualized basis — and other jobs have already been created (such as for building high-strength line pipe.) In the context of the U.S. economy, which just in October added 261,000 jobs, these are not many jobs. Meanwhile, Keystone still needs state approval for construction to start. [The recent oil spill may delay or cancel it entirely.]

171. 11/6/17 “So one of the things, I think, that’s very important is that the Prime Minister of Japan is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should. And we make the best military equipment, by far. He’ll be purchasing it from the United States.”

The Japanese government immediately disputed this statement. The Japan Times {quoted} a defense official as saying: “We’ll proceed with the existing plan, without worrying about the president’s remarks.”

170. 11/6/17 “I approved a power plant, which has been under consideration for 11 years, and they gave up, and I approved it. And it’s a $7 billion plant. And the state wanted it and the local community wanted it, but they had environmental restrictions. And now it’s being built.”

Trump appears to be referring to a recent $3.7 billion loan guarantee offered by the Trump administration to save a troubled nuclear power plant in Georgia. (The administration is trying to abolish the loan guarantee program but this loan would be grandfathered.) Costs for the plant have soared over $25 billion not because of environmental restrictions but because of construction delays caused by poor workmanship.

169. 11/6/17 “On regulations, while I’ve reduced regulations terrifically. It would take, as an example, to build a highway — it would take 17 to 20 years to get approvals. And at the end of 20th year, in many cases, they voted it down. Do you approve? No. So they wasted tens of millions of dollars. There’s a highway in Maryland where it took exactly 17 years. And the original numbers were very little, and it ended up costing hundreds of millions of dollars for a very small, short highway. And we can’t have that.”

Trump is referring to the Intercounty Connector, an 18.8-mile six-lane toll highway that cost $2.4 billion and was revived in 2003 and completed in 2014, though sections began opening in 2011. So that’s either 8 or 11 years. There had long been controversy over the proposed highway, dating back to 1975, with opposition from local government officials, the Maryland general assembly and environmental groups. Trump is being misleading by attributing the delays to government regulations.

168. 11/5/17 “When you look at that horrible dossier which is a total phony fake deal like so much of the news that I read when you look at that and take a look at what’s gone on with that and the kind of money we’re talking about it is a disgrace.”

While the dossier commissioned by Fusion GPS for Democrats contained salacious elements, broad portions have proven to be largely correct. Fusion has said the former British spy who wrote it received $168,000. The FBI was sufficiently impressed that it considered pay him for additional research.

167. 11/1/17 The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.

The bill was signed by a Republican president, and the final version of the legislation received majority Republican support in both chambers of Congress, In fact, McConnell and several other Republicans still in office voted for the bill. Moreover, Trump’s tweet ignores that Schumer, just four years ago, worked to pass a bill that would have ended the lottery, but it died due to Republican opposition in the House. We rate the statement Mostly False.

166. 10/30/17 “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????”

Most of the counts in the indictment detail Manafort’s money laundering efforts dating back to 2006. But that deception involving foreign bank accounts and misleading lenders, prosecutors said, extended until as late as October 2016. By March of that year, Trump had named Manafort to oversee the Republican National Convention. The charges that Manafort made false statements took place after Manafort stepped down from the Trump campaign, but they did take place within the past year.

165. 10/17/17 Mike Sacks: “You’ve repeatedly said that we’re the highest taxed nation in the world when that’s been seen as objectively false. With the credibility you need to pass tax reform, why –” Trump: “Some people say it differently, they say we’re the highest developed nation taxed in the world.” “Then why don’t you say it that way?” “Because a lot of people know exactly what i’m talking about, and in many cases they think I’m right when I say the highest. As far as I’m concerned I think we’re really essentially the highest, but if you want to add the ‘developed nation,’ you can say that, too. But a lot of people agree that the way I’m saying it is exactly correct.”

Looking at tax collections relative to the size of the U.S. economy and the number of people, the numbers tell a different story. The United States ranks 28th in tax revenues as a percentage of GDP and 13th on a per-capita basis.

164. 10/16/17 “I knocked out the CSRs (cost-sharing reductions). That was a subsidy to the insurance companies. That was a gift that was, frankly, what they gave the insurance companies.”

In reality, the money pays the insurers for payments they make to health care providers. It is a pass-through. Every health care economist we reached said if the companies don’t gain any cash from the transaction, then there is no gift, no bailout or whatever term one might use. The one grain of truth is that anything that makes insurance more affordable increases sales, even if by a small amount.

163. 10/16/17 “The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls,” he said. “I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

Even by Trump standards, this was a breathtaking lie. In fact, Alyssa Mastromonaco‏, a deputy chief of staff in the Obama White House, quickly explained that Obama (and other previous presidents) often called the families of Americans killed in action. 

162. 10/11/17 The Obama administration “borrowed more than $10 trillion, right? And yet, we picked up $5.2 trillion just in the stock market. … Maybe in a sense we’re reducing debt.”

Trump seems to be signaling that the stock market gains can somehow be applied to paying down the debt. That’s not the case — gains from a bull market accrue to stockholders, and the government doesn’t get its fractional cut until the assets are sold and taxed, if they ever are. So, whatever tax revenues from the stock-market run-up eventually flow to the government over the course of many years won’t make a dent in the debt, economists say. We rate the statement False.

161. 10/8/17 “Loopholes in current law prevent ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’ (UACs) that arrive in the country illegally from being removed.”

The Trump administration argues there is a loophole for unaccompanied minors primarily from Central America. They are referred to HHS and in many cases placed with family members while they await their immigration court hearing. The law directs HHS to try to connect unaccompanied minors with legal counsel, and having an attorney can help them win their case and allow them to stay in the United States. But this process is not a loophole; it’s outlined in the law. The law also does not prevent their deportation: at least 2,707 unaccompanied minors were removed in fiscal year 2017. The statement has an element of truth but leaves out critical context that would give a different impression. We rate it Mostly False.

160. 10/8/17 “Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal.”

Corker sponsored legislation to enhance Congress’ authority to review the Iran nuclear deal before allowing the president to lift congressionally-imposed sanctions. He also vocally opposed the deal, urged lawmakers to reject the agreement and voted against it. We don’t see how this could reasonably be construed as Corker giving the United States the Iran deal. Trump’s claim doesn’t make logical sense. We rate this False.

159. 9/27/17 “We have one senator who’s a ‘yes’ vote … but he’s in the hospital. And he’s a ‘yes’ vote. So we can’t do it by Friday. So we have the votes” to pass a health care bill.

At most, Senate Republicans have 49 “yes” votes — that’s short of the majority they need to pass the latest health care overhaul. This shortfall would not be overcome even with a “yes” vote from Cochran, who is not hospitalized, but rather recuperating at home after receiving medical treatment.

158. 9/27/17 Ending the estate tax would “protect millions of small businesses and the American farmer.”

That’s a ridiculously high estimate. Only 5,460 estates even pay the tax each year, according to a credible estimate, and of those, about 80 represented small businesses or farms. We rate the statement Pants on Fire.

157. 9/27/17 (Reporter)”You wouldn’t benefit under your tax plan?” (Trump)”No, I don’t benefit. I don’t benefit. In fact, very very strongly, as you see, I think there’s very little benefit for people of wealth.”

Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns makes it impossible to quantify exactly how much he would personally benefit from his policy proposals. But what is known about Trump’s past patterns of taxation and his income and wealth holdings strongly suggest that at least three proposed changes — to the alternative minimum tax, to the tax on “passthrough” income, and to the estate tax — would benefit Trump or his family either immediately or down the road. We rate his statement False.

156. 9/21/17 “I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions,” Trump tweeted. “It does! A great Bill. Repeal & Replace.”

The bill does address pre-existing conditions, and if states want billions of dollars in federal aid, they must show they intend to keep coverage accessible and affordable. But the other parts of the bill allow states to give insurance companies a free hand in charging those people higher premiums. Professors who study the U.S. health care system said the bill’s language protecting people with pre-existing conditions is vague and subject to broad interpretation. Plus, they said the bill’s reduction in funds going to two-thirds of the states will make it harder for them to protect people with past health problems. Under no circumstances do the protections in the bill equal the ones Americans have today under the Affordable Care Act. They are less.

155. 8/28/17 “The wall is needed from the standpoint of security. The wall is needed from the standpoint of drugs — tremendous, the drug scourge, what’s coming through the areas that we’re talking about,” Trump said at an Aug. 28 press conference. “As you know, I have General (John) Kelly here. We stopped traffic coming through, 78 percent. It’s going to be, I think, 81 percent this quarter, which is a record.”

Though Trump’s claim is vague, he’s made similar remarks about the border being “down 78 percent” and being “close to 80 percent stoppage.” But the latest figures available for southwest border apprehensions do not support his claim. Only cherry-picked data would yield a 76 percent decline in apprehensions. Available information regarding drug seizures do not show a 78 percent decline, either. We rate Trump’s claim False.

154. 8/22/17 “We have become an energy exporter for the first time ever just recently.”

This statement is problematic regardless of how you interpret his statement — gross energy exports, net energy exports, gross crude-oil exports, and net natural gas exports. The closest he would come to being accurate is if he were referring to net natural gas exports, but even there, it hasn’t happened yet, contrary to what his past-tense statement indicates. We rate the statement False.

153. 8/22/17  “There aren’t too many people outside protesting.”

That’s False. For hours leading up to the rally, the coverage on national networks showed sizeable crowds out on the streets carrying signs criticizing the president and his response to the Charlottesville, Va., riots ignited by supporters of white supremacist and anti-Semitic groups. Local media also reported on thousands of anti-Trump protesters out on the streets, some photos show protesters held back by barricades outside the convention center where Trump was speaking. After the rally, the Phoenix police chief said the city’s downtown had “tens of thousands” of people exercising their First Amendment rights.

152. 8/22/17 “We’ve also obtained (a) historic increase in defense spending.”

That’s False. 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.

151. 8/22/17  “Arizona is a disaster in terms of the price increase in terms of insurance. 116 percent increase.”

The basic numbers are easy to confirm: Those increases are indeed accurate for 2017 compared to 2016 within the Obamacare marketplace. Arizona has by far the largest increase in the nation. The caveat is that for many people on the health care exchanges, federal subsidies are offsetting those premium increases.

150. 8/22/17 “The only times they show the crowds is when there is a disrupter.”

This is False. This often repeated claim doesn’t take a lot of effort to debunk. The media has documented Trump’s crowds through stories, social media, photos and videos. As Trump spoke Tuesday, we watched as CNN showed the crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center.

149. 8/22/17 “Wages haven’t gone up in a long time.”

Trump repeated a line from his Aug. 15 press conference with reporters at Trump Tower. It’s False. His point is significantly out of date. Wages have been increasing for the past three to five years, depending on the measurement you use.

148. 8/22/17 “CNN, their ratings are going down.”

Trump is wrong. CNN is at a five-year high in several key categories, according to data provided by the Nielsen Company.

147. 8/22/17 Trump blamed the media for not properly covering his initial statement on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, and proceeded to read portions of his initial remarks. “This is my exact words. ‘I love all the people of our country’ …. They (the media say), ‘Is he a racist?’ ” Trump said.

Here’s what Trump said in that first response to the chaos: “We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va.. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.

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.”

That was once accurate, but it’s significantly out of date. Wages have been increasing for the past three to five years, depending on the measurement you use. We rate the statement False.

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.

Trump said that Trump Winery is the “largest winery on the East Coast.” It’s not, regardless of whether you measure it by acreage of vines or the production of wine. We rate Trump’s statement False.

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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.” Citation.

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. Citation 

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.” Citation 

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.” Citation 

137. 7/25/17 “Since my election we’ve added much more than 1 million jobs.” Citation 

136. 7/25/17 “We’ve achieved a historic increase in defense spending to get our troops the support they so richly deserve.” Citation 

135. 7/25/17 “The person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from (Hillary Clinton) for wife!” Citation 

134. 7/24/17 Amazon has a “no-tax monopoly.” Citation 

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.” Citation 

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.” Citation 

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!” Citation

130. 7/7/17 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.” Citation 

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!” Citation.

128. 7/4/17 “Gas prices are the lowest in the U.S. in over ten years!” Citation.

127. 6/28/17 “We’re pretty much at the 50 percent mark” on deportations of MS-13 gang members.” Citation

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!” Citation.

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.” Citation.

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.” Citation.

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.” citation

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.” Citation

121. 6/21/17 “Obamacare has led to fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans.” citation

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!” citation

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?” citation.

118. 6/13/17 “Two million more people just dropped out of Obamacare. It is in a death spiral.” Citation

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.” Citation

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.” Citation

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!’ ” Citation 

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” Citation

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.” Citation

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.” Citation

107. 5/11/17 “I have no investments in Russia, none whatsoever.” Citation

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. Citation 

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.” Citation 

104. 4/30/17 “Dems want billions to go to Insurance Companies to bail out donors” – Twitter Citation 

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. Citation 

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.” Citation 

101. 4/21/17 “You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism.” Citation 

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:, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, CNN, the, the Washington Post, Politico, Business Insider, The Slot, the New York Times,

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