Donald Trump made 21 false claims last week
Top Categories : Trump made seven false claims about Democrats last week, five about China and trade and four against North Korea or South Korea.
Where he made them : Trump made 12 false claims in exchange with reporters, six on Twitter, three in remarks during his visit to El Paso.
The most outrageous false claim: Fallen Soldiers
Trump could have sincerely campaigned with Vice President Mike Pence last week for good news about Korean leftovers from North Korea war soldiers. Pence said 25 more US soldiers were identified from the remnants of North Korea, who were extradited last year.
Trump did not mention this. Instead, he falsely claimed again that the remains will be returned "as we speak" ̵
1; "they are coming back to and through Hawaii".
Since last year, no remains have come through Hawaii. The Pentagon announced in May that North Korea has stopped working with the Remnants Initiative and has suspended efforts for the year.
Trump has repeatedly deceived the families of lost soldiers about what is happening.
The most revealing false statement: China's Suffering
Trump said two weeks ago
that China has just had the worst economic growth in 27 years. Last week he seemed to come to the conclusion that this was not impressive enough.
"Now China has had the worst year in 35 years, it's been 26 years, but now it's 35 years," he told reporters] Since the last tweet, nothing has changed. There was no basis for the "Now it is 35 years". But as we've already discussed, Trump does not stick to exact numbers, even if the exact numbers hold his view.
The most absurdly false claim: O & Rourkes cro w d
Trump took time during a visit to an El Paso hospital not only during his visit celebrating a rally one night over the size of its crowd a half a year ago, and mocking the crowd of former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke the same night. But he also made a fictitious number for O Rourkes audience – "like 400 people" – which was not nearly accurate.
Here is the full list of 21 this week:
North Korea and South Korea
Remains from North Korea
"We have come back and we come back while we They return to and through Hawaii. "- August 9 Exchange with reporters
Facts first : While North Korea returned some remains last year, it does not do this anymore. The US military announced in May that the remainder of the program had been suspended for the remainder of the 2019 fiscal year as North Korea ceased communications with the US federal agency responsible for the effort.
Trump has been able to point out that remnants of the past tense have been returned: North Korea returned 55 cases of possible remnants in the summer of 2018. The remains, however, are not returned. The Pentagon's POW / MIA accounting agency announced in May that no remnants will come back this fiscal year. The agency said North Korea has not talked to the agency at all since the Hanoi summit in February between Trump and Kim Jong Un, which ended abruptly.
Trump could have correctly said that there has been recent progress in identifying remnants from the cases returned last year. The week before Trump made these remarks, Vice President Mike Pence and the POW / MIA Accounting Agency announced that 25 additional service members had been identified. Seven identifications had already been announced.
North Korea's Rocket Test
"I'll say it again: there were no nuclear tests, all the rocket tests were at close range, no ballistic missile tests, no long-range missiles." – 9 August Exchange with reporters
Facts First : North Korea has tested ballistic missiles, although they were in fact at close range.
Trump seemed puzzled, suggesting that only long-range missiles are "ballistic". That is not true. The two short-range missiles tested in the week after Trump's execution were as ballistic missiles as the missiles tested at the end of July.
Troops in South Korea
"As you know, we have 32,000 troops on South Korean soil and have been helping them for about 82 years." – Aug. 7 Exchange with Reporters
Facts First : [19459013InSouthKoreatherewere29048USdefenseforcesinMarchofwhich25884wereinactiveserviceaccordingtothelatest update from the Defense Manpower Data Center of the military.
It was not clear what Trump meant by "82 years". Korea was a unified country until the end of World War II in 1945, 74 years ago.
South Korea's Payments
"South Korea has agreed to pay the United States considerably more money to defend itself against North Korea In recent decades, South Korea has paid the United States very little, but last year South Korea paid at the request of President Trump 990 million US dollars. "- 7 August Tweet
Facts first : While South Korea had agreed earlier this year, more for the cost of stationing to pay US troops, it was Trump's $ 990 million. This figure is inaccurate for both this year and last year.
In February, South Korea and the US signed a one-year contract for South Korea to pay 1.04 trillion won or about 854 million US dollars on Monday exchange rates. In terms of the cost of maintaining the US military presence in the country an increase of about 8% over the previous annual amount. (The 1.04 trillion won were worth about 925 million dollars at the February exchange rate.)
The cost sharing negotiations for 2020 still need to be formally adopted.
Influence on the House of Representatives
Question: "Mr. President, you have spoken in favor of background checks on Parkland, why is that different now?" Trump: "Time flies, I do not think I'm different, but the Senate is different, I think other people in the house are different, I think, people who may have raised their arms a few years ago, maybe I do not think I feel different and I think that with much success we have, I now have a greater influence on the Senate and on the House. "- 9 August Exchange with reporters  Facts First : We give Trump a wide scope to express opinions, but this is simply inaccurate. He has no greater influence on the House of Representatives today, under democratic control, than in early 2018, while under Republican control.
"I am very happy, in the Republican Party I have an approval rating of 94%, which helps." – August 9 Exchange with reporters
Facts first : Trump is extremely popular with Republicans, but 94% are over the top. We could not find a single recent survey in which its Republican approval rate was 94% or more.
Trump was 89% Republican, 86% Ipsos in a Gallup survey conducted July 15-31. The survey was conducted August 1-5 for Reuters and 90% in one Survey by Quinnipiac University from 25 to 28 July.
The figure "94%" was also exaggerated, as he had done in the previous months.
China, Trade and Customs
"Now China had the worst year in 35 years, it was 26 years, but now it's 35 years. " – Aug. 9 Exchange with reporters
Facts first : China's growth rate has not risen suddenly from the worst in 26 years to the worst in 35 years. As generally reported in July the official growth rate of GDP in the second quarter of 2019 was the worst in 27 years.
China's official rate for the quarter, which was released in July, was 6.2%, its lowest level since 1992. Official Chinese figures are often inaccurate, but there is no evidence that 'now 35 years have passed ".
Derek Scissors, an expert on US economic relations with Asia at the conservative think tank of the American Enterprise Institute said: "Twenty-six years is a reasonable assertion by the president, not 35 years." He noted that the 35-year claim goes beyond the period from 1989 to 1992, when China's growth slowed after being suppressed in 1989 by Tiananmen Square protests. China and currency manipulation China is doing very well. We talk to China. We're not ready to make a deal, but we'll see what happens. But you know, we've been hurt by China for 25, 30 years. Nobody has done anything about it and we have no choice but to do what we do. It works very well, as you know. We called them for manipulation and they brought their numbers back and they brought them back quickly. And they could because they manipulated. "- August 9 exchanges with reporters
Facts first : While the value of the Chinese yuan did not devalued much further after the Trump government had last called it a currency manipulator  Monday China did not "bring back" the yuan – at the time of Trump's comments, it was still lower than before the initial devaluation.
Last Monday, the yuan lost more than $ 7 for the first time since 2008. On Friday, On the day of Trump's remarks, the official centerpiece of the Chinese central bank was still weaker than the 7-dollar level, although stronger than expected by analysts, CNBC reported.
Brad Setser, Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, calling Trump's claim "inaccurate." He said, "It's true that the move was not really repeated on the (last) Monday later in the week. Many people would say that's because China did not intend to go down fast. "
Aid payments to farmers
" Look, as I said, our people do not pay for those billions and Millions of dollars, of which I donated $ 16 billion to farmers because they were targeted by China. And that's just a small fraction of what we've recorded. "- August 9 Exchange with reporters
Facts First : Trump's help to farmers affected by his customs battle with China does not constitute a" small fraction "of customs revenue – revenue it again In fact, its US $ 28 billion pledges to farmers exceed total customs revenue since last month.
The New York Times reported on July 15 that Trump's tariffs on China on July 10 Generating about $ 21 billion on August 2, he noted that he has pledged $ 28 billion in development aid to farmers over the last two years, the $ 16 billion he was referring to was the second of two announcements.
Who pays for Trump's tariffs on China?
"Due to the historical currency manipulation by China, this is now even more obvious to all Americans are paying not for the tariffs – they are paid for compliments from China, and the US takes in tens of billions of dollars! "- Tweet Aug. 5
" And I said the American taxpayer does not pay for it. We had a big trading day yesterday, but the American taxpayer does not pay for it. "- Aug. 9 Exchange with reporters
Facts First : American importers make the actual customs payments, and economic studies have revealed that Americans, not people and companies in China, have borne the bulk of the costs.
A March newspaper by economists from Columbia, Princeton and the New York Federal Reserve found that the "full incidence" of Trump tariffs has dropped to $ 3 billion per month by the end of 2018, and the paper also found that tariffs reduced US income by $ 1.4 billion per month  A separate academic paper also found that tariffs led to higher consumer prices, and it is estimated that the Zöl will lead to an annual decline in income of $ 7.8 billion.
The White House President's Economic Report also acknowledged that American consumers pay part of the cost of these duties. Domestic producers, according to the report, benefit from tariff increases, but "these benefits offset the costs paid by consumers in the form of higher prices and reduced consumption."
Some Chinese suppliers could take some of the customs burden of duty by lowering their prices to maintain a market in the United States, but these studies show that the burden on US consumers and businesses is sharply decreasing.
Asian-American Unemployment  "And I am the least racist person.The unemployment of blacks, Hispanics and Asians is the lowest (BEST) in the history of the United States!" – August 6 Tweet
Facts First : Trump agreed on the black and Hispanic unemployment rates, but not on the Asian quota.
We will ignore Trump's subjective suggestion that low unemployment rates are a valid rebuttal against allegations that he has been racist in words and actions that have nothing to do with the economy.
Black and Hispanic Americans have roughly the lowest unemployment rates since the start of state employment statistics for them using the current methodology (in the early 1970s for Black and Hispanic Americans, 2000 for Asians). Both were earlier in Trump's term a little lower, but he can still say that they were not lower under a former president.
However, the Asiatic rate was 2.8% in July, up from 2.6% in December 2016. The last full month of office of former President Barack Obama.
"… Our problem is a Federal Reserve too proud to admit its mistake, to act too fast and too strong (and that) I was right!). You must cut interest rates bigger and faster and discontinue their ridiculous quantitative tightening NOW. "- Aug 7 Tweet
" If they stopped the quantitative tightening, we would have a rocket ship but we are being handcuffed by the Federal Reserve, and if they stopped doing so it would be unbelievable. "- 9th August Exchange with reporters
Facts first : The Federal Reserve had already initiated the process of quantitative tightening stopped at time of Trump's Tweet and comments.
The Fed announced on July 31 that it would not reduce its balance sheet as of August 1, two months ahead of schedule. Trump himself welcomed this decision in a tweet
on July 31: "As always, (Chairman Jerome) Powell has let us down, but at least he's ending the quantitative tightening that should not have started – no Inflation. "
The verdict of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
" I thought he was treated incredibly unfairly, he was treated for almost 18 years in prison, and one A lot of people who thought it was unfair, like many other things. "And:" They put him in prison for 18 years, and he has plenty of years left, and I think it's very unfair. "- 7. August Exchange with reporters
Facts first : Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption offenses, not to 18 years.
Penalties for drug dealers
"So, Rod Blagojevich – I am very serious about transforming his sentence so that he can go home to his family after seven years.They have drug dealers that did not even get 30 days, and they killed 25 people. "- Aug. 7 Exchange with reporters
Facts first : We could not find any current examples in which drug dealers made numerous deaths People have been sentenced to less than 30 days in prison.
There could be a case somewhere where extraordinary circumstances caused an extremely short sentence for a prolific drug dealer, but we could not find one. A punishment of less than a month would be far beyond the norm even for a trader who is not accused of contributing to two dozen deaths.
The Drug Enforcement Administration's website lists the most recent fines, ranging from dozens of months to many years, of people convicted of trading in heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs.
The DEA does not list every drug case across the country, but its list provides a rough idea of the types of punishments that are common.
Blagojevich was convicted of corruption offenses in federal court. Many federal drug addicts – 45% in 2016 – are sentenced to minimum penalties. The average prison sentence for a drug fugitive sentenced to a prescribed minimum in 2016 for a crime was 94 months. For drug offenders who were not convicted of a criminal offense with a mandatory minimum sentence, it was 42 months.
Sherrod Brown, Nan Whaley and the Hospital Visit
"I just left Dayton, Ohio, where I met with the victims and families, law enforcement, medical staff and first responders." It was a heartfelt and wonderful visit. Enormous excitement and even love Then I saw a failed presidential candidate (0%) Sherrod Brown and Mayor Whaley, who completely misrepresented what was going on in the hospital Your press conference after I left for El Paso was a scam What happened to those incredible people with whom I was so lucky to spend time.- August 7 Tweet
"The entire hospital – not unlike what we had in El Paso – was the entire hospital – I mean, everyone was so proud of the work they did because you have done a great job. They did a great job here. And then I said goodbye. I accepted her at her request. We did the tour. They could not believe it. She (Whaley) said it to the people. He (Brown) told the people. I go to Air Force One, where they have many TVs. I turn on the TV and they say, "Well, I do not know if it is appropriate for the President to be there …" You know, and so on, and they are very dishonest people … "- 7. August before meeting w w. Law Enforcement Personnel in El Paso
Facts First : Neither Brown nor Whaley said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to visit the hospital. They said Trump was respectfully and warmly received by patients and first responders.
At a brief press conference with Brown shortly after the hospital visit, Whaley said it was good that Trump was not visiting the district where the mass shootings were taking place, and people there were mad at him. And both Whaley and Brown criticized Trump's rhetoric in the past, with Whaley calling them "divisive" and Brown calling them "racist."
But they did not criticize the hospital visit itself.
Our full article on this claim is here.
Sherrod Brown and the Presidency
"Then I saw failed presidential candidate (0%) Sherrod Brown …" – August 7 tweet
"He has I believe, about 0% and failed as presidential candidate "- Comments from August 7 before meeting with police officers in El Paso
Facts first : Brown has never been a candidate for president.
Brown, a Democratic Senator for Ohio, considered a presidential election and conducted a "Listening Tour" through key primary states in January and February, but announced in March that he had decided against launching a campaign.
The crowd of Beto O & Rourke
"I was here three months ago, we're crazy A speech … This place was full, right? … That was a lot .. And then you had that crazy Beto, Beto had 400 people in a parking lot and they said his crowd was wonderful. "- 7 Aug Comments
to medical staff at the University Hospital of El Paso
Facts first : Trump's speech in El Paso was barely six months ahead of these remarks, not three months earlier. Well over 400 people attended O & Rourke's speech the same night.
We I have no exact attendance numbers for O & Rourke's speech on February 11, but photos and videos showed that Trump's "400" number was not nearly accurate. The Texas Tribune reported that "about 7,000 people have gone to O & Rourke". According to an adjutant who cited the prosecution, Rourke speaks in the park.
We will not take the word of an unnamed adjutant as a gospel, but the actual number was certainly higher than Trump's estimate.politiFact came to the same conclusion: Trump The turnout for O Rourke was grossly underestimated.
O Rourke has also parti before his speech, which was attended by thousands, in an anti-Trump march for truth Jennifer Epstein of Bloomberg News reported at that time
: "The police of El Paso appreciate the Number of viewers for today's march and rally against Trump, Wall and O Rourke at 10,000 to 15,000. "
] Trump had a capacity of 6,500 spectators at its El Paso rally, as well as a large crowd outside.