President Trump’s Lies

Lies President Trump Has Told:

117. 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?”

There is no evidence of obstruction of justice in any of the three instances cited by Trump.

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.

This was a private White House meeting, closed to the American press. We only have photos of the event from Tass, a Russian government-run news agency, and the official White House photographer.

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.

100. 4/21/17 “The electoral college is so skewed in favor of a Democrat that it’s very, very hard.”

Republicans have an advantage because they have an edge in small, rural states, which in the electoral college system requires fewer votes per elector. In Wyoming, for instance, there are 143,000 people for each electoral vote, compared to 500,000 in a state like California. Since Democrats tend to be concentrated in large cities, the impact of those votes are dissipated. This is one reason why in two recent elections the Democrat won the popular vote but lost the electoral college to the Republican.

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.”

Cummings has disputed this account, as the AP noted to Trump. Cummings told CNN that he said Trump he could become a good president “if . . . IF . . . he took steps to truly represent ALL Americans rather than continuing on the divisive and harmful path he is currently on.”

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.”

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement under Trump is arresting an increasing number of people with no criminal records, indicating that not only criminals have been targeted by his administration. According to The Washington Post’s analysis, the biggest spike in arrests of undocumented immigrants from Jan. 20 to March 13 was of immigrants with no criminal records.

97. 4/21/17 “President Xi [of China], from the time I took office, they have not been currency manipulators.”

Trump falsely claims China stopped devaluing its currency since he took office. China had not devalued its currency for about two years prior to his election.

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.”

Trump’s claim is mostly false. The savings on the F-35 fighter jets are real, but they were in the works long before Trump got involved.

95. 4/21/17 “I’ve done more than any other president in the first 100 days.”

Trump’s claim is False. He has had some achievements in office, such as signing 28 bills and numerous executive orders, filling a Supreme Court seat, and overseeing a drop in border apprehensions. But those achievements are much less numerous and far-reaching than those of standard-bearer President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed 73 bills, greatly expanded the role of the federal government, and revived the banking system from collapse, all in his first 100 days.

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.

Trump had heard of WikiLeaks before, as CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski found. In 2010, Trump suggested those involved with WikiLeaks should face the death penalty, after the organization WikiLeaks published government documents leaked by Chelsea Manning (then known as Bradley Manning). He adopted the opposite position in 2016, when WikiLeaks released documents that damaged his opponent, Hillary Clinton. He repeatedly praised WikiLeaks on the campaign trail and turned information leaked by the group into major talking points. On Oct. 10, 2016, Trump declared, “I love WikiLeaks.”

93. 4/21/17 “We create a lot of jobs, 500,000 jobs as of two months ago, and plenty created since.”

Trump is greatly exaggerating here. The United States created a combined 317,000 nonfarm jobs in February and March, Trump’s first two full months in office for which data is available. Perhaps Trump is including January, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics counted 216,000 new jobs. But he came into office at the end of the month. 

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.”

The White House made it clear weeks earlier that a memorandum signed by Trump related to the use of American steel does not apply to the Keystone — only to new pipeline projects. And though the memorandum could put pressure on pipeline companies to use American steel, it does not contain any requirements that only American steel be used.

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)

Ossoff’s approach to immigration includes a path to citizenship or legal status for immigrants here without permission. Ossoff has also criticized Trump’s one-time promise to deport all immigrants in the country illegally as not feasible. Trump neglects that Ossoff supports strong border security—to prevent illegal immigration.

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.”

As of Wednesday, Mr. Trump had yet to nominate anyone for 478 out of more than 533 crucial appointments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition. Of 24 nominations Mr. Trump has sent to the Senate, 22 have been confirmed; 29 other appointments have been announced but not formally submitted.

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.”

NATO’s counterterrorism efforts stretch back three decades, long before Mr. Trump called the alliance “obsolete” in his 2016 campaign. NATO has been responding to terrorist attacks since 1980, and prioritized the issue after Sept. 11.

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.”

Mr. Trump is referring to conservative commentators who claim that Ms. Rice, a former national security adviser, sought to learn the identities of Trump associates swept up in surveillance of foreign officials and improperly leaked them to the news media. As The Times has reported, it is neither uncommon nor illegal for a national security adviser to “unmask” the names of Americans who are mentioned in intelligence reports. Leaking the names would be a crime, but there is no proof that Ms. Rice did so.

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.

Bannon hosted a radio program in which Trump was a frequent guest, Berg reported. “As Breitbart grew, Mr. Trump was constantly in touch with Steve about news articles and doing interviews with his reporters,” David Bossie, president of the conservative advocacy nonprofit Citizens United, told RealClearPolitics. The Washington Post counted nine times that Trump appeared as a guest on Bannon’s radio show.

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.”

By design, the law was never primarily an infrastructure program. Congress specifically designated most of the money for other purposes. And even so, the idea that nothing was built is wrong. Among many other projects, the Recovery Act helped push to completion the $1 billion DFW Connector highway in Dallas-Fort Worth; a $650 million elevated truck route to the Port of Tampa; a new Cleveland Interbelt Bridge; a tunnel connecting Oakland and Contra Costa County, Calif.; a veterans’ facility at Fort Bliss in Texas; and new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard. President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats did push for more infrastructure spending later in Obama’s term, but it ran into solid resistance from congressional Republicans who objected to the price tag.

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.”

The problem for Trump is that “discouraged workers” are relatively rare—in the most recent month, there were 522,000 of them. That’s just one-fourteenth the number of unemployed workers, and only about one-half of 1 percent of the “out of work” Americans Trump seems to have been referring to.

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.”

This is false. Trump at a rally on Feb. 11 made a reference to “what’s happening last night in Sweden,” confusing people in that country since nothing had happened. Trump then clarified in a tweet that his statement “was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants& Sweden.” Then two days later, riots broke out in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in the northern suburbs of the country’s capital, Stockholm. But no one died.

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.”

No. Weiner did not have all of Clinton’s emails on his laptop. The FBI ultimately concluded none of the emails added new information to the investigation into Clinton’s private server.

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.”

False on several levels. NATO has been involved in counterterrorism since 1980, and especially since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. As for NATO’s financing, Trump apparently still does not understand how it works. NATO’s guideline, established in 2006, is that defense expenditures should amount to 2 percent of each country’s gross domestic product by 2024. In 2016, only four countries besides the United States met that standard, but NATO documents also show that defense spending has increased about 3 percent from 2015 to 2016. In any case, the money would not be going to the United States or even necessarily to NATO; this is money that countries would spend to bolster their own military.

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.”

Trump has invented a convenient excuse to cover up the fact that he accused the Obama administration of spying on him. In some tweets, he used quotes. But this is the key tweet: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

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.”

Trump is mixing up different headlines for the print and Internet editions. In print, the headline was: “Wiretapped data used in inquiry of Trump aides.” Online, the headline read: “Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates.” The headlines were not changed as part of any stealth editing. In any case, the text of the New York Times article did not support in any way the claims made by Trump about Obama. Moreover, both the FBI director and the head of the National Security Agency say the claim is false.

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.

Trump claimed he saw on television thousands of Muslims cheer the collapse of the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11 attacks. There is no TV footage, no newspaper coverage, just scattered, unconfirmed reports of five or six people — not necessarily Muslim, probably teenagers — celebrating. There was a small reference buried deep in an article in The Post. When the reporter said it did not support Trump’s claim, Trump mocked his disability.

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.”

We’ve repeatedly debunked this.  There are instances of people illegally voting, but they are rare. The National Association of Secretaries of State said it did not know of “any evidence” backing up Trump’s claims.

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.”

Nunes cited one anonymous source and didn’t provide any details. Still, the same Politico story Trump quotes says Nunes disputed that the information Nunes obtained vindicated Trump: “The White House and Trump’s allies immediately seized on the statement as vindication of the president’s much-maligned claim that former president Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower phones — even though Nunes himself said that’s not what his new information shows.”

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.”

The economy was not a mess when Trump became president. The stock market was booming and the unemployment rate was below 5 percent. Trump has falsely claimed that 94 million Americans cannot get a job but most of them do not want a job, as they are retired, in school, taking care of young children or are disabled.

74. 3/20/17 (Twitter) The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.

Rogers and Comey never said this — not in the video clip Trump shared, nor at any point in the five-hour hearing. Rather, they said they believe Russia interfered in the presidential election, in an attempt to help Trump and undermine the democratic process. They said they don’t know one way or the other if that interference actually did affect public opinion or the outcome of the election.

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!

“There is no ledger sheet that shows Germany in the red,” Doug Lute, who served as ambassador under former President Obama from 2013 to 2017, told ABC News. “That’s not how it works in NATO.” The alliances’s roughly $2 billion operating budget is paid by fixed apportions across the 28 allied members. (The United States, for example, contributes the most: about 22.14 percent of that $2 billion annually. Germany comes in second, supplying 14.65 percent.)

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.”

Tennessee divides the state into eight rating areas. Three of the eight — the East, Greater Nashville and Greater Memphis areas — have two carriers selling health insurance on the federal marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act, according to the state’s 2017 rating area plans and rates. The other five rating areas have only one carrier.

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.

The BLS measures payrolls as of the week containing the 12th day of the month. Trump wasn’t sworn in until Jan. 20. So the January numbers were based on a survey that was concluded before Trump took office. We also note that this positive jobs trend is not something that began in January, or even since the election. As we have noted previously, the economy added more than 250,000 new jobs a month in 20 of the 96 months under President Obama. Overall, the nation’s economy added 11.5 million jobs under Obama, including a record 75 straight months of job growth—which was extended to 76 months in February.

70. 3/15/17 “We’re going to put our auto industry back to work.”

Auto manufacturing jobs have been on a fairly steady incline for more than six years, as the chart below from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. The number of jobs in motor vehicle and parts manufacturing has risen by 37.5 percent since Obama took office in January 2009, and by just over 50 percent since its lowest point in the recession in July 2009.

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.”

It remains to be seen whether auto manufacturing jobs will continue to rise or, as many believe, have plateaued. Krebs thinks sales will dip slightly to 17.3 million in 2017, and other automotive industry forecasters have projected sales may dip even lower than that. But auto industry experts we spoke to were hard-pressed to name any overseas plants that have been scrapped due to Trump’s influence.

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.”

The Times article Mr. Trump referred to did use the word “wiretap” but it did not assert that Mr. Obama had ordered surveillance of Mr. Trump, nor did it even mention Mr. Obama. Rather, the story referred to intercepted information collected overseas.

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.”

Keystone, according to a 2014 State Department estimate, would support 42,000 temporary jobs, about 3,900 in construction, and 35 permanent jobs. But Mr. Trump’s presidential directive on using American steel does not apply to Keystone.

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.”

Obama began targeting unauthorized immigrants who had been convicted of serious crimes, who were considered national security threats and who had recently arrived, in 2014. By the end of his presidency, about 90 percent of those deported had criminal records. The individuals killed by undocumented immigrants mentioned by Mr. Trump in his joint address to Congress, for example, have received widespread coverage.

65. 3/15/17 “Hundreds of people from outside the country have been related to terrorism-related offenses.”

The New America Foundation identified 12 jihadist terrorists who had killed people in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. All were American citizens or permanent residents and none had ties to the countries named in Mr. Trump’s executive order.

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.”

Trump has previously specified this claim to Japan. American cars are very rare in Japan, though this is not a result of Japanese policies or trade barriers but rather the price and reputation of American cars. In fact, the United States adds a 2.5 percent tariff on Japanese cars while Japan has no border tax on automobiles from the United States.

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.

The United States government has transferred nearly 700 detainees out of Guantanamo, and and 122 of them are “confirmed of re-engaging” in some sort of terrorist activity. But Trump wrongly rests the blame solely on the Obama administration. Of the 122 prisoners in question 113 were released before Obama took office.

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!”

“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Mr. Obama. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.”  Two people close to Mr. Trump said they believed he was referring to a Breitbart News article, which aides said had been passed around among his advisers. The article, published on Friday, claimed that there was a series of “known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.”


NOTE: For entries below, to save space, the source quote has been removed, but the link has been included for further information.

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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