Trump made at least 20 false allegations in a furious, sprawling cabinet monologue
We can honestly say that Trump's comments were highly dishonest.
We are still investigating some of the president's allegations. We can report that at least 20 of them were wrong:
"But in the meantime, North Korea, I like Kim, he likes me, we understand each other, I respect him, he respects me." a war. & # 39; President Obama told me that. He said, "The biggest problem, I do not know how to solve it." He told me he did not know how to solve it. I said, 'Did you ever call him? & # 39; . & # 39; No & # 39; Actually, he tried eleven times. But the man on the other side, the gentleman on the other side, did not answer his call. OK? Lack of respect. But he takes my call, "Trump said.
Facts First : There is no obvious basis for claiming that Obama has tried to call Kim Jong Un eleven times.
"This is a total invention, Trump is utterly misleading and scary," said Susan Rice, who was Obama's national security consultant, on Twitter on our tweet about Trump's quote.
"We never called Kim," said Ben Rhodes, who was Obama's assistant national security adviser, to CNN.
Trump claimed earlier that Obama asked Kim for a meeting, another claim for which there is no evidence.
The Iraq War
"If you remember, I did not want to go to Iraq, I was a civilian, so I had no power over it, but I always opposed it." to Trump.
Facts First : Trump was not publicly against the invasion of Iraq before it started. Trump supported the war for the time being when radio host Howard Stern signed him in September In 2002 he asked: "Are you in favor of invading Iraq?" He replied : "Yes, I think so. I wish the first time it would have been done right. "The day after the March 2003 invasion, he said ," It looks like a tremendous achievement from a military perspective. "Trump said in an interview with Fox News in January In 2003, issued no final statement on the impending war and said: "Either you attack or do not attack."
Trump began publicly questioning the war in 2003, and he was an explicit opponent months after the invasion in a published Esquire article 17. That's not the same as "I was against the war."
The Presidential Salary
"But I betray my presidential salary. They say that no other president has done it. I'm surprised, to be honest. They actually say George Washington may have been the only other president, "said Trump.
Facts first : Trump donates his salary, but the rest of his claim He was not the only president who donated the official salary, as did both John F. Kennedy and Herbert Hoover, and Washington did not.
Although Washington initially refused his salary, he relented after the
The Emoluments Clause
Trump attacked critics who said a G7 summit in one of his resorts violated the constitution and said, "You folks This Wrong Emoluments Clause. "
Facts First : The prohibitions of the Constitution against the President to receive payments from domestic and foreign governments are in no way false I clause 9, clause on foreign relations, states that "no person with an office of gain or trust may, without the consent of the Congress, accept gifts, coffers, offices or titles of … any kind of whatever always, by a king, prince or foreign state. "
The clause on domestic remuneration contained in Article II (1) reads as follows:" The President shall receive compensation for his services at specified times, which shall not be increased or reduced during the period he has defined and within that period Deadline no other reward from the United States or any of them should receive.
Trump may have tried to argue that it is wrong to apply the clause to his own activities, but at least his wording left a vague impression.
The Agreement with Turkey
"People have been trying for years to close this deal," Trump said about his ceasefire agreement with Turkey.
Facts First : The President's claim is so unfounded that it is nonsensical. The agreement is a close agreement specifically tied to the Turkish offensive that followed Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from a Kurdish-occupied region in northern Syria, rather than an agreement aimed at settling long-standing regional disputes Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush never tried to give Turkey the concessionary terms of Trump's deal.  A longer factsheet can be found here.
The Ukraine scandal
The whistleblower's account
"The whistleblower indicated an incorrect account," Trump said. He also said the whistleblower's report was "completely wrong".
Facts first : Whistleblower's report on Trump's call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was largely correct. In fact, Trump's own rough protocol showed that the whistleblower's three main allegations regarding the call were correct or almost correct.
Here you can read a longer fact check.
"The whistleblower had second-hand and third-hand information, remember was a big problem, "said Trump.
Facts first : Some whistleblower information came from others, others not. Michael Atkinson, Trump General Inspector General of Intelligence, noted that the whistleblower had "direct knowledge of certain alleged behaviors."
Atkinson also stated that the whistleblower was "credible," even over events about which the whistleblower has no first-hand knowledge, such as the call: witnessing the President's telephone call with the Ukrainian president on May 25 July 2019, when the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community stated that other information obtained during the preliminary review of the ICIG supported the complainant's allegations. "
The Calling Document
Trump said:" … I then published a transcription of the exact conversation's stenographers that I have passed. "
Facts First : The document explicitly published by the White House  says on the first page that it is not an exact transcript of the call.
"A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation ( TELCON) is not a literal transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records the notes and reminders of the situation room staff and NSC staff assigned to listen to and recall the conversation during the interview. A number of factors can affect the accuracy of the recording, including poor telecommunications connections and different accents and / or interpretations, "the document says.
The whistleblower is" gone "
" She never heard what happened to the whistleblower? They're gone because they've been discredited, "said Trump.
Facts First : There is no evidence that even the first whistleblower (who filed the complaint about Trump's dealings with Ukraine )) or the second whistleblower (whose lawyers claim to have first-hand information confirming the claims of the first whistleblower) have now somehow "disappeared", let alone "disappeared", because the first whistleblower proved inaccurate
"The whistleblowers have not disappeared," said Bradley Moss, a colleague of Mark Zaid, a lawyer for the two whistleblowers, on Twitter. The Whistleblower and Adam Schiff
Trump said, "So was there actually an informant? Maybe the informant was ship. It could be dodgy, ship. In my opinion, it may be ship.
Facts First : This is nonsensical: Schiff, a Democratic congressman and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, had no access to the White House's internal information Whistleblower could not have provided information about the content of Trump's call with Zelensky or about any other information reported by the whistleblower. "
Trump said to the commentaries, the ship to the Zelensky appeal at a committee hearing: "So he invented a lie, and I let you – you never thought I would do that – I published a transcription made by stenographers of the exact conversation And now the game was opened. "
Facts first : The ship commented on Trump s call, after the president had published the rough transcript, not earlier. The White House issued the document on September 25. Ship spoke at a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on September 26.
The crowd in Dallas
in this arena, "said Trump about his rally last week in Dallas.
Facts first : The American Airlines Center has a capacity of approximately 20,000.The El Paso Times reported  a crowd of 18,500 people.
Trump paused in the middle of the speech, asking the fireman to send more people
The crowd outside  Trump claimed that "at least" 20,000 followers were outside the arena during his rally in Dallas.
Facts first : Trump's estimate was far from that, even though it was lower than the "nearly 30,000" he claimed during the speech. "We did not have 30km outside. Probably we had more than 5 km outside, "said Dallas Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mitchell Warren told CNN in response to this previous Trump estimate.
" I had no free space at a rally, "said Trump.
Facts First : There were empty seats at various Trump Rallies, including a Rally earlier this month in Minneapolis, a rally in July in Greenville, North Carolina, a rally in October 2018 Houston and a rally in April 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, according to local journalists.
China's economic performance
One Week after correctly stating that this is China's worst year for gross domestic product product growth in "27 years", Trump said it was China's worst year for "57 years": "China is doing very badly. The worst year for 57 years. I ask myself why. I ask myself why. I'm sure you can not figure it out.
Facts First : China's GDP growth in the second quarter of 6.2% and 6.2% GDP growth in the third quarter of 6% was the worst since 1992 (19659011 ) 27 years ago.
While China's official figures are generally considered unreliable, there is no obvious basis for the number "57 years." (Trump has clarified that he knows this is the reported number, but he has repeatedly added extra years for no apparent reason.)
Who pays the tariffs for China
Trump said that the US "is taking up billions and billions of dollars in tariffs from China and eating the tariffs Facts First : Americans make the actual customs payments, and then A plethora of economic studies has revealed that Americans carry the vast majority of customs costs .
The length of the Syria mission
Trump said that American troops should originally only be in Syria for 30 days.
Facts First : There has never been a specific timetable for US military involvement in Syria, let alone a timeline of just 30 days.
"There has never been a 30-day timeline for the US presence in Syria," said Syria expert Steven Heydemann, professor of government and director of the Middle East Studies program at Smith College. "The previous government and officials serving in this government have never proposed a fixed timetable for the US mission, and official statements have emphasized that the presence of US forces would be brief, limited, and low, but beyond the general comments, English There is no evidence to suggest that it will end after 30 days. "
" We bring our troops home soldiers home, "said Trump.
Facts first : He is not bringing the troops home at least for the moment.
Trump announced that "United States troops coming from Syria are now repositioning themselves and staying in the region to monitor the situation and prevent a repeat of 2014, as the neglected threat of the IS in Syria and Iraq raged. " He also announced that 1,800 more troops would be sent to Saudi Arabia.
Trump admitted at the Cabinet meeting that the soldiers "would first be sent to different parts," but declared that they would "ultimately" return to the US.
The Size of Miami International Airport
Trump spoke of the benefits of his resort in Doral, saying it was right next to Miami International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. – Some say it's the biggest.
Facts first : Miami International is certainly not the largest airport in the world.
The airport was neither 2018 nor 2017 among the top 20 for passenger traffic in 2018 and 14 in 2017, with less than half of Hong Kong's highest-ranked cargo.
Although World Air Traffic Authorities do not publish physical-size ranking of airports, Miami International is not even near the largest airport in the United States. The Chicago O & H for example has an area of 7,200 acres, Miami International of 3,230 acres.
Special Elections in North Carolina
"You have seen what happened in North Carolina: We took over two seats people did not think we would pick them up. That was two weeks ago. Trump said.
Facts first : The special elections in North Carolina were six weeks ago and not two weeks ago., While the race in the 9th district was considered competitive The race was expected in the 3rd district by pollsters and analysts to easily win for the Republican candidate .
Both seats had previously been occupied by Republicans, so the party did not (Trump may have only spoken informally.)