Posted by: maboulette | October 9, 2019

Fact Check: Trump’s Fact-Challenged Week


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IMPEACHMENT

TRUMP: “As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the….People.” — tweet Tuesday.

THE FACTS: No illegal coup is afoot.

 

2016 ELECTION

TRUMP: “The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULL—-, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306.” — tweet Wednesday.

THE FACTS: Trump again misstates the Electoral College vote. The official count was 304 to 227, according to an Associated Press tally of the electoral votes in every state.

 

UKRAINE

TRUMP: “I had a transcript done by very, very talented people — word for word, comma for comma. … We had an exact transcript. And when we produced that transcript, they died.” — news conference Wednesday with Finland’s president.

TRUMP: “They never thought in a million years that I’d release the conversation … And this is an exact word-for-word transcript of the conversation, right? Taken by very talented stenographers.” — remarks Wednesday to reporters in the Oval Office.

THE FACTS: It’s not a word-for-word transcript.

 

WHISTLEBLOWER

TRUMP, “He got his information, I guess, second or thirdhand. He wrote something that was total fiction.” — remarks to reporters Thursday.

GOP HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN McCARTHY: “Whistleblowers were required to provide direct, first-hand knowledge of allegations…but just days before the Ukraine whistleblower came forward, the IC secretly removed the requirement from the complaint form.” — tweet on Sept. 28.

TRUMP: “Who changed the long standing whistleblower rules just before submittal of the fake whistleblower report? Drain the swamp!” — tweet Monday.

THE FACTS: The process for submitting a whistleblower complaint was not rigged against Trump

 

SCHIFF

TRUMP: “Congressman Adam Schiff should resign for the Crime of, after reading a transcript of my conversation with the President of Ukraine (it was perfect), fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States and reading it to Congress, as though mine!” — tweet Wednesday.

TRUMP: “Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?” — tweet Monday.

THE FACTS: Trump is overstating Schiff’s exaggerations. The California Democrat, in what he said was a parody during a committee hearing, mocked and overstated the president’s pleas in his July call to Zelenskiy, as Trump does with his critics routinely.

 

ECONOMY and TRADE

TRUMP, on a World Trade Organization ruling allowing the U.S. to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European imports annually: “You never had wins with other presidents, did you? But we’re having a lot of wins at the WTO since I became president.” — news conference Wednesday.

THE FACTS: Trump is wrong that the U.S. never got any WTO victories under other presidents.

 

 


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