Truth-checking President Trump’s reelection marketing campaign kickoff


Right here we’re once more, 4 years later, fact-checking a marketing campaign kickoff speech by Donald Trump.

The very fact-checkable claims have been totally different this time round, however historical past repeated itself nonetheless. Trump’s marketing campaign kickoff speech in Orlando was affected by the identical false or deceptive claims he has so usually repeated as president.

Phony numbers on commerce. Unfounded claims about immigrants. False statements about particular counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. Fishy financial statistics and wild exaggerations about his presidential accomplishments.

Our activity was simpler this time as a result of, by now, we’ve assembled a database of greater than 10,000 false or deceptive claims from Trump. The president usually deploys the identical traces, again and again, in interviews, tweets and marketing campaign rallies.

So listed here are a few of the highlights — and lowlights — of Trump’s announcement on June 18 that he’ll run for reelection.

“We went by the best witch hunt in political historical past. The one collusion was dedicated by the Democrats, the pretend information media, and their operatives, and the individuals who funded the phony file: Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC.”

Trump usually seeks to deflect consideration from the particular counsel’s investigation of his 2016 marketing campaign by asserting that it was the Democrats who colluded with Russia.

However he has little proof to make his case, which largely rests on the truth that the legislation agency Democrats employed to look at Trump’s Russia ties, Perkins Coie, was working to defend a Russian firm in U.S. court docket on the identical time.

In truth, U.S. intelligence companies decided that Russian operatives hacked and strategically launched Democratic leaders’ emails throughout the 2016 marketing campaign to break Clinton’s candidacy, assist Trump win and erode confidence in U.S. democracy.

The U.S. investigation started with a tip from an Australian diplomat who relayed {that a} Trump marketing campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, disclosed that Russia had damaging emails regarding Clinton. The U.S. investigation was not spurred by a file from Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent.

“They appointed 18 very offended Democrats to attempt to take down our unimaginable motion. After two years, 1.four million pages of paperwork, 500 search warrants, 500 witnesses, 2,800 subpoenas and 40 FBI brokers working around the clock, what did they give you? No collusion, and the details that led our nice legal professional basic to find out no obstruction. No collusion, no obstruction. They usually spent $40 million on this witch hunt, $40 million. That’s proper. They spent $40 million — in all probability a hell of much more than that.”

Trump put Mueller and his workforce on full blast on the Orlando rally. He known as the particular counsel’s investigation an “unlawful witch hunt” and fired off different deceiving remarks.

Mueller, a former FBI director, is a lifelong Republican who was appointed by the performing legal professional basic, Rod J. Rosenstein, a Trump appointee. A number of judges upheld Mueller’s appointment throughout the course of the investigation.

Mueller’s report lays out proof that the Trump marketing campaign was conscious of Russian efforts to affect the 2016 election and welcomed the assistance, however there was not sufficient proof to convey conspiracy or unlawful coordination prices. Mueller additionally offered substantial proof that, in a minimum of 4 circumstances, Trump met all the weather required by federal legislation for an obstruction-of-justice offense.

Mueller mentioned he declined to succeed in a call on whether or not to convey obstruction prices partially due to a Justice Division coverage to not indict the sitting president and partially as a result of he didn’t need to get in the way in which of a possible impeachment course of in Congress, amongst different causes. Lawyer Basic William P. Barr and Rosenstein discovered that the proof Mueller gathered was not sufficient to show obstruction.

Eleven of the 16 attorneys on Mueller’s workforce whose identities have been disclosed to date have contributed to Democrats, together with Clinton and Barack Obama. The opposite 5 haven’t any report of political contributions, although the Every day Caller says 13 are registered Democrats. Below federal legislation, Mueller was not allowed to contemplate the political leanings of his workers when hiring them.

One of many legal professionals on Mueller’s workforce represented the Clinton Basis in a 2015 lawsuit. One other lawyer with out a report of political donations represented a Clinton aide at one level. Each legal professionals labored for WilmerHale, a agency that additionally represented Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor, Paul Manafort, in addition to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

As of the top of September, Mueller had reported $25.2 million in prices from his investigation. That quantity presumably will enhance when the ultimate tally is launched. However the particular counsel’s workplace by asset forfeiture has seized properties and funds from Manafort, valued at between $42 million and $46 million, that might offset the whole value of the investigation.

“Simply earlier than the election, the FBI instructed President Obama about doable Russian interference, and he did nothing as a result of he thought that Hillary Clinton, Crooked Hillary, was going to win. … He did nothing.”

In the course of the 2016 election marketing campaign, the Obama administration raised alarms over doable interference by Moscow. Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the time “raised doubts concerning the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would take into account any effort by the White Home to problem the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics,” The Washington Put up reported.

Simply weeks earlier than the election, the Obama administration introduced that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic Nationwide Committee. On Dec. 29, 2016, Obama imposed sanctions, together with the expulsion of some three dozen Russian diplomats and intelligence officers and the closure of diplomatic compounds.

“We’ve ended the final administration’s merciless and heartless warfare on American power. What they have been doing to our power ought to by no means be forgotten. America is now the primary producer of oil and pure gasoline anyplace on this planet.”

The notion {that a} revolution in power started underneath the Trump administration is doubtful at finest. America has led the world in pure gasoline manufacturing since 2009. Crude oil manufacturing has been rising quickly since 2010, reaching report ranges in August 2018, based on U.S. Power Data Administration information.

In September 2018, america handed each Russia and Saudi Arabia to change into the biggest international crude oil producer. It’s anticipated to carry that place, based on predictions from the Worldwide Power Company.

“We’re constructing the wall. We’re going to have 400 miles of wall constructed by the top of subsequent yr. … I modified the design. It’s stronger, larger, higher and cheaper.”

It is a delicate however uncommon acknowledgment from Trump that he has stopped chasing plans to construct a strong concrete wall alongside the U.S.-Mexico border. He tried, he had prototypes constructed, he went to the border to have a look at them, however Congress refused to acceptable funds for the wall’s development. Now, Trump says a mixture of limitations, bollard fencing and alternative fencing is “the wall.”

“We couldn’t get the wall permitted by the Democrats, although they voted for it 4 years in the past and 6 years in the past and didn’t get constructed, however they voted for it. Rapidly Trump is president. ‘We don’t desire a wall.’ ”

Many Democrats voted for the Safe Fence Act of 2006, which was signed by President George W. Bush and licensed constructing a fence alongside almost 700 miles of the border. However the fence they voted for just isn’t as substantial because the wall Trump is proposing. Trump himself has known as the 2006 fence a “nothing wall.”

It’s value noting that Democrats have supplied assist for $1.67 billion in safety enhancements. That doesn’t embrace funding for Trump’s wall, however it contains 65 miles of pedestrian fencing alongside the southeastern Texas border with Mexico, just like what already exists.

“We’re taking in billions and billions of {dollars} into our treasury, and firms are leaving China as a result of they need to keep away from paying these massive tariffs. And by the way in which, when the pretend information tells you that you simply’re paying — within the case of China, they’ve devalued their foreign money. That helps them. And you already know what else they’re doing? They’re subsidizing these firms. And also you’re not paying very a lot should you’re paying something in any respect.”

That is mistaken. Economists say Trump’s tariffs are elevating prices dramatically for People and slowing financial progress.

A paper printed March 2 by three distinguished U.S. economists discovered that “the complete incidence of the tariff falls on home customers, with a discount in U.S. actual revenue of $1.four billion per 30 days by the top of 2018.″ The economists discovered that “U.S. producers responded to decreased import competitors by elevating their costs” and that “U.S. tariffs have been virtually fully handed by into U.S. home costs, in order that the whole incidence of the tariffs fell on home customers and importers to this point, with no affect to date on the costs obtained by overseas exporters.”

One other paper, printed March three by a unique set of economists, discovered comparable outcomes. “Tradable-sector staff in closely Republican counties are essentially the most negatively affected by the commerce warfare,” the paper mentioned. A kind of research pegged the price of tariffs introduced up to now (together with the latest escalation on $200 billion of Chinese language items) at $831 per U.S. family.

“We have now by no means taken in 10 cents from China. We’d lose $500 billion a yr with China.”

Tariffs have been collected on Chinese language items because the early days of the republic. President George Washington signed the Tariff Act of 1789, when commerce between China and america already was established. Tariffs on China have generated a minimum of $eight billion yearly since 2009. Nevertheless it’s not China that pays the tariffs; it’s American importers who typically cross on the prices to People within the type of increased costs.

The U.S. commerce deficit in items and providers with China was $378 billion in 2018. Trump usually cites solely the products deficit, which was $375 billion in 2017 and $419 billion in 2018, based on the Census Bureau. In any case, nations don’t make or lose cash on commerce deficits. Commerce balances merely mirror what customers in a single nation selected to purchase from one other nation.

“If you happen to check out the African American group, how a lot progress they’ve made: the bottom unemployment numbers within the historical past of our nation.”

That is a Three Pinocchio declare. Trump was president in Could 2018, when the African American unemployment price reached 5.9 %. That was the bottom on report since 1972, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics started calculating this price with its present methodology.

However historical past didn’t start in 1972, so it’s a stretch to name these month-to-month figures the bottom ever seen in america. A barely totally different information set reveals black unemployment was decrease in 1969, and one other report reveals it was decrease within the 1950s.

Furthermore, the president retains touting his report on black unemployment although the sample of declines started underneath Obama and even because the black jobless price has begun to climb in latest months.

“We handed the biggest package deal of tax cuts and reforms in American historical past — the biggest.”

That is a Bottomless Pinocchio declare, our worst score. Trump’s tax minimize amounted to almost 0.9 % of gross home product, which means it was far smaller than President Ronald Reagan’s tax minimize in 1981, which was 2.89 % of GDP. Trump’s tax minimize is the eighth largest on report — smaller, even, than two tax cuts handed underneath Obama.

“… the U.S. auto business, which by the way in which is doing nice. Many, many vegetation are actually underneath development in Michigan and Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida. They hadn’t constructed one in many years, and now they’re in all places.”

What a coincidence. These are all swing states within the 2020 presidential election, save for South Carolina. Nevertheless it’s a Three Pinocchio declare.

Automakers have introduced new vegetation or expansions in Ohio, Michigan and South Carolina since Trump took workplace. No new automotive vegetation or main expansions have been introduced in Florida, North Carolina or Pennsylvania.

From January by April, auto business layoffs approached 20,000, “greater than twice the extent for the primary 4 months of 2018,” MarketWatch reported.

In the meantime, automaker suppliers in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina have introduced almost $2 billion in investments since 2017, based on information from the Heart for Automotive Analysis’s “Guide of Offers” database.

“The one automaker funding in Pennsylvania, for instance, represents Spartan Motors — a comparatively small specialty chassis and automobile design, manufacturing, and meeting agency,” Kristin Dziczek, the CAR’s vp of business, labor and economics, instructed us final week. It was a $2.four million funding, based on the CAR.

“Due to our tariffs, American metal mills are roaring again to life.”

An hour earlier than Trump mentioned this, the Wall Avenue Journal reported that U.S. Metal was idling two blast furnaces “in response to falling demand for metal from a weakening manufacturing sector.” Right here’s extra from the Journal report:

U.S. Metal and rivals Nucor Corp. and Metal Dynamics Inc have all issued downbeat steering for second-quarter revenue this week, citing weaker-than-expected demand for metal. Manufacturing of vehicles and farm tools have slipped not too long ago and U.S. manufacturing output fell in three of the primary 5 months of this yr.

“Market circumstances have softened,” U.S. Metal mentioned on Tuesday. “We’ll resume blast furnace manufacturing at one or each idled furnaces when market circumstances enhance.”

“Within the eight years earlier than I took workplace, on common we misplaced 2,000 manufacturing jobs a month. Since my inauguration, we’ve added 16,000 manufacturing jobs a month. That didn’t occur accidentally.”

As usually occurs with information, the image can change drastically relying on the place you set the baseline. On this case, Trump’s baseline is November 2008, smack-dab in the course of the longest U.S. recession since World Battle II.

A detailed take a look at the numbers reveals that a lot of the manufacturing job losses within the interval Trump’s speaking about occurred throughout the first yr of Obama’s administration, coinciding with the Nice Recession that resulted in June 2009. The bleeding didn’t prolong all through Obama’s eight years in workplace.

In truth, the manufacturing sector started a gradual however regular restoration in April 2010, throughout Obama’s second yr in workplace. That regular price of progress has continued and accelerated underneath Trump.

“We handed VA Alternative to allow them to see their physician. Our veterans have been ready on-line for 2 days, seven days, three weeks, 5 weeks. You had veterans ready on-line that might’ve simply been taken care of. They waited so lengthy they grew to become terminally sick in lots of circumstances. The tales are horrible. We handed VA Alternative. You exit now, you get a physician. You repair your self up. The physician sends us the invoice. We pay for it. … VA Alternative for the veteran? They’ve been attempting to get that handed additionally for about 44 years.”

The VA Alternative invoice was largely an replace of a legislation signed by Obama in 2014, so 44 years is an exaggeration. Regardless of Trump’s claims, veterans are nonetheless going through lengthy wait instances. A 2018 report by the Authorities Accountability Workplace discovered that veterans referred to Trump’s “alternative” program “might probably wait as much as 70 calendar days” to be seen by a physician, which is inconsistent with the requirement that they obtain care inside 30 days. On common, the examine discovered veterans utilizing the selection program wait 64 days.

“Individuals are pouring in, however we’ve stopped them. And now, as I mentioned, we have now different folks serving to us, together with the nation of Mexico.”

U.S. Customs and Border Safety authorities apprehended 132,887 migrants in Could and encountered one other 11,391 migrants at authorized ports of entry who have been deemed inadmissible. So it’s inaccurate to say “we’ve stopped them.” Mexico agreed to harder immigration enforcement measures at Trump’s request and underneath risk of tariffs, however the affect of that settlement on U.S. border apprehensions or migration charges has but to be seen.

“Mass unlawful migration reduces dwelling requirements and strains public assets.”

In truth, analysis reveals immigrants contribute extra in tax income than they soak up authorities advantages. Most tutorial research present that immigrants are much less prone to commit crimes than the native-born and that general crime charges decline in areas the place immigrants settle.

“We’ll all the time shield sufferers with preexisting circumstances, all the time.”

Trump spent his first yr in workplace making an attempt to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act, together with its requirement that well being insurers not deny protection to sufferers with preexisting circumstances. The Trump administration in an ongoing court docket case is arguing that the whole legislation needs to be scrapped, together with the assure for sufferers with preexisting circumstances.

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