The First 100 Days: Times reporters are taking a look back at the beginning of the Trump presidency — from the biggest news stories to the most provocative tweets. See all of our coverage here.
In his first 100 days in office, President Trump has falsely boasted of attracting the largest inaugural crowd ever, cited a nonexistent terrorist attack in Sweden and leveled an unproved accusation that his predecessor spied on him.
While these inaccuracies have commanded much attention, there has been a steady stream of falsehoods.
The Times has logged at least one false or misleading claim per day on 91 of his first 99 days (Saturday is Day 100). On five days, Mr. Trump went golfing, and on two he made limited public statements. Here’s an assessment.
“You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”
Mr. Trump overstated his support. While his victory certainly surprised many, in the general election Mr. Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
“I made a speech. I looked out, the field was — it looked like a million, million and a half people.”
On his first full day in office, Mr. Trump visited C.I.A. headquarters in Virginia and criticized news media accounts of his inaugural crowd. Independent estimates, many based on photographic evidence, are nowhere near as high, peaking at a third of the 1.8 million people who attended President Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural.
“Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!”
Mr. Trump took to Twitter the next day to defend his speech to the C.I.A. While the audience applauded several times during the speech, Mr. Trump neglects to mention that the agents never sat down. Former intelligence officers say that C.I.A. employees will not sit unless instructed to do so. Mr. Obama gestured for agents to be seated in his first speech to the agency in 2009 (about a minute into the video), but Mr. Trump did not do so.
“I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment. I have received awards on the environment.”
Mr. Trump can claim two environmental awards, according to PolitiFact. One thanks him personally for donating land to the New York State park system, which never turned the land into a state park. The other was awarded to his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., which was later cited by the state for environmental violations.
“A lot of jobs; 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs. OK. Keystone pipeline.”
Mr. Trump took executive actions to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, but his job figures lack context. The State Department estimated that the Keystone pipeline would support 42,000 temporary jobs while being built over two years, about 3,900 in construction. After the project is completed, the pipeline is expected to employ 35 people permanently.
“You have people that are registered who are dead, who are illegals, who are in two states. You have people registered in two states. They’re registered in a New York and a New Jersey. They vote twice. There are millions of votes, in my opinion.”
“We’ve taken in tens of thousands of people. We know nothing about them. They can say they vet them. They didn’t vet them.”
A day before he issued an executive order restricting travel from seven countries and temporarily halting refugee admissions, Mr. Trump falsely claimed that refugees enter the country without scrutiny. A vetting system has existed since the 1980s and was modified after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Refugees undergo multiple rounds of background checks from several federal agencies, in a process that can take up to two years.
“Gregg Phillips and crew say at least 3,000,000 votes were illegal.”
Mr. Trump tweeted this claim 47 minutes after Mr. Phillips, who helped create an app to report voter fraud, appeared on CNN and argued without evidence that three million people had cast illegal votes. Several prominent studies and election watchers from both parties contradict Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Phillips’s claims of mass voter fraud.
“The coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost gas [sic] been so false and angry that the times actually apologized to its .. subscribers”
This Twitter post is false. The Times’s publisher and executive editor wrote a letter on Nov. 13 thanking readers for their loyalty and praising the newsroom for covering the 2016 election “with agility and creativity.” Nowhere in the letter does The Times apologize.
“My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”
After a federal judge blocked his “extreme vetting” executive order and nationwide protests were held, Mr. Trump issued a statement defending the order with a superficial comparison to a previous policy that was narrower in scope and in response to a specific episode.
According to news reports, Mr. Obama’s State Department temporarily stopped processing refugee applications from Iraq in 2011 after two Iraqi refugees were arrested on charges of trying to send money and supplies to Al Qaeda. But records from the State Department show that Iraqi refugees were still admitted to the United States every month in 2011.
“Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage.”
Mr. Trump continued to offer misleading defenses of his travel ban. Mr. Trump is referring to the number of people traveling midair and detained at airports when his executive order was announced on Jan. 27, but Delta’s outage did not occur until 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29. More than 1,000 others were denied boarding from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, and tens of thousands of visas were temporarily revoked.
“It costs sometimes $2.5 billion on average, actually, to come up with a new product.”
Mr. Trump’s figure on pharmaceutical products comes from a 2014 study by a center affiliated with Tufts University and financed by drug companies. Some have questioned the study’s lack of methodological transparency and reliance on assumptions.
“The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia.”
Mr. Trump’s Twitter criticism of a refugee agreement between the United States and Australia, which followed a contentious phone call with that country’s prime minister, lacks context. Mr. Obama agreed to accept refugees held in processing centers — about 1,250, not “thousands.” The United States would conduct its own assessment of whom to resettle in the country, and those who entered would have legal refugee status.
“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.”
After Iran conducted a missile test, Mr. Trump delivered a misleading message on Twitter. The $150 billion figure refers to a high estimate for Iranian assets previously frozen under sanctions and freed up in exchange for Iran’s giving up its pursuit of nuclear weapons. In other words, it is money that already belongs to Iran, and some of it is tied up in debt obligations.
“Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Protests against Mr. Trump’s executive order continued into a second weekend, prompting Mr. Trump to claim with no evidence that demonstrators were paid agitators.
“Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it’s death & destruction!”
Dubai’s police deputy tweeted support for the travel ban, while other key Muslim nations were silent. But Iraq, Sudan and Iraq, three of the seven countries targeted by the ban, expressed concern, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation called upon the United States to “reconsider this blanket decision” and “maintain its moral obligation.”
“I’ve been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.”
Defending President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a Fox News interview with Bill O’Reilly, Mr. Trump said the United States has “made a lot of mistakes” as well, though he has always opposed the Iraq war. This claim has been repeatedly debunked. In September 2002, asked by the radio personality Howard Stern if America should go to war, Mr. Trump responded, “Yeah, I guess so.” He did not oppose the Iraq war publicly until after the invasion.
“It’s gotten to a point where it (terrorism) is not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.”
During a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, Mr. Trump falsely accused the news media of not covering terrorist attacks. The White House later released a list of 78 terrorist attacks it deemed underreported, including prominent attacks in Berlin and Nice, France. The media, including The Times, had covered all but one: a claimed Oct. 15 attack in Egypt that had been referred to in an anonymous blog.
“And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years.”
Mr. Trump inaccurately described the trend in the murder rate, which was much higher in the 1990s.
“Trump administration seen as more truthful than news media”
This is cherry-picked. Mr. Trump linked to an Emerson College poll in which 48 percent called him dishonest compared with 53 percent for the news media. In other polls, a majority of respondents have characterized Mr. Trump as dishonest and untrustworthy.
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“Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave “service” in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!”
According to Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, and several others, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who was then still awaiting confirmation to the Supreme Court, called Mr. Trump’s attacks on a federal judge “demoralizing.” This led Mr. Trump to falsely claim media bias on Twitter. Mr. Blumenthal’s misrepresentation of his military service, reported by The Times in 2010, was part of the first question posed by Mr. Cuomo, a CNN anchor.
“The failing @nytimes does major FAKE NEWS China story saying ‘Mr. Xi has not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov. 14.’ We spoke at length yesterday!”
Mr. Trump’s morning Twitter complaint is misleading. The Times published a story in print on Feb. 10 about the relationship between Mr. Xi and Mr. Trump and did include the line Mr. Trump quoted. The two leaders spoke on the phone the evening of Feb. 9, after the story had gone to press. Online, the story was updated and stated the evening phone call was the first time they had spoken since Nov. 14.
“When I do, just like with the F-35 FighterJet [sic] or the Air Force One Program, price will come WAY DOWN!”
Mr. Trump promised his negotiating skills would help drive down the cost of a wall at the Mexican border, citing his role in shaving $728 million off the cost of F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin. Mr. Trump may have sped up the process, but costs were decreasing before he got involved. The Air Force projected about $600 million in savings on Dec. 19, two days before Mr. Trump met with Lockheed’s chief executive.
“Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!”
This Tweet is false. Local media reported about the crowds that lined the roads as Mr. Trump traveled from his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he was hosting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, to the airport. Most of these people were protesters, not supporters.
“Because of what I’ve been doing and what I’m doing in terms of regulation — lowering taxes, et cetera — (Ford, General Motors, Intel, and Fiat Chrysler) are coming in with billions and billions of dollars of investment, and thousands of thousands of jobs.”
Speaking about trade at a news conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Mr. Trump overstated his role in several companies’ investment and job creation plans. Ford’s decision to cancel its new factory in Mexico and Intel’s resuming a plant operation in Arizona that was conceived in 2011 were a consequence of market demand, according to the companies. General Motors and Fiat Chrysler both announced $1 billion investment plans that they say were years in the making.
“So what’s going on with autism? When you look at the tremendous increase, it’s really — it’s such an incredible — it’s really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been increases in the number of reported cases of autism, but this may be because of an increase in awareness, diagnoses and changes in the definition of autism.
“The overregulation costs our economy an estimated $2 trillion a year, which is incredible — $2 trillion.”
During a listening session with retail executives, Mr. Trump talked about an executive order cutting regulations and cited a figure found in research from the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers. These findings are disputed and criticized for flawed methodology and for ignoring the economic benefits of regulation. Aggregate analysis from the Office of Budget and Management from 2005 to 2015 found that the benefits of new rules outweighed the cost.
“Jobs are pouring out of the country.”
Mr. Trump uttered numerous misleading and false claims during his first news conference, including an inaccurate characterization of staggering job losses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics had reported job growth for 76 straight months at the time of his statement.
“I signed House Joint Resolution 38, which eliminates an anti-coal regulation put forward by unelected bureaucrats. Our coal miners have been treated horribly, and we are going to turn that around, and we are going to turn it around quickly.”
In his weekly address, Mr. Trump misleadingly suggested his executive order rolled back a regulation that would have prevented coal mining from polluting streams. But there is no evidence that the rule threatened a significant number of coal mining jobs, or that rolling it back would create new ones. Coal mining jobs have been on the decline since the 1980s.
“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
Mr. Trump held a campaign-style rally in Florida, and ticked off a list of places that had experienced terrorist attacks including Brussels, Nice and Sweden. Nothing like a terrorist attack happened in Sweden the night before or of Mr. Trump’s rally.
“My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”
Seeking to clarify his claim, Mr. Trump offered a misleading defense. The Fox News segment he alluded to was about a reported surge in crime in Sweden linked to immigrants, but the police officer interviewed in the segment says his comments were taken out of context.
“Give the public a break — The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!”
Sweden processed a record number of asylum applications in 2015. The nation’s crime prevention council did note an increase in assaults and rapes last year, but it also recorded a drop in thefts and drug offenses. Over all, it said, there was no significant increase in crime.
“Oh, of course (I denounce anti-Semitism). And I do it whenever I get a chance, I do it.”
As he toured the Museum of African-American History and Culture, Mr. Trump was asked to denounce anti-Semitism and claimed he always does so. Five days earlier, Mr. Trump was asked by a reporter for an Orthodox magazine about his efforts to address anti-Semitism. Mr. Trump told the reporter to sit down and said he was the “least anti-Semitic person” ever, but did not denounce anti-Semitism.
“We have to take care of our military. It needs work; it’s very depleted.”
Staking out his priorities in a budget meeting, Mr. Trump gave an incomplete characterization of the military. Top military officers have raised questions about the readiness of the Army, with exhausted troops and some outdated supplies. Still, the United States military is the most powerful in the world, and its military spending outstrips that of the next seven nations combined.
“All of a sudden for the first time, we’re getting gang members out. We’re getting drug lords out. We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody’s ever seen before.”
Mr. Trump inaccurately described his administration’s deportation of criminal undocumented immigrants as unprecedented at a meeting with manufacturing executives. The Obama administration deported them at a record pace.
“ICE came and endorsed me. They never endorsed a presidential candidate before, they might not even be allowed to.”
During his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Mr. Trump ran through familiar critiques of the media and inaccuracies. Only one of the unions representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees endorsed him.
“The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo.”
The numbers in this morning Twitter message are accurate, but it’s a stretch for Mr. Trump to take credit for a 0.06 percent decline in the federal debt. The dip is a temporary and normal fluctuation that doesn’t negate the long-term trend of rising debt. And it is more accurately a reflection of the policies of Mr. Obama.
“The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally ‘rigged.’ Bernie’s guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!”
Weighing in on the results of the election for Democratic National Committee chairman, Mr. Trump tweeted with no evidence that the contest had been rigged. Hillary Clinton did not formally endorse Tom Perez, the former secretary of labor and winner of the race, and both he and Senator Bernie Sanders rejected Mr. Trump’s claim.
“It has gotten so bad that nearly 20 million Americans have chosen to pay the penalty, or received an exemption rather than buy insurance.”
Among several of Mr. Trump’s inaccurate statements about the Affordable Care Act during a meeting with insurance executives was this distortion of those without coverage. The Internal Revenue Service estimated that 6.5 million people paid the penalty in 2015. About 12.7 million others qualified for exemptions.
“We have the worst financial recovery in 65 years.”
This characterization of the financial recovery is exaggerated. In terms of G.D.P. increase and job growth, the recovery from the 2007 recession is the second worst of the 11 recoveries since 1948, behind the 2001 recovery.
No false or misleading statements.
Mr. Trump made one public statement on Twitter, “THANK YOU!”
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“I am calling for one of the largest military spending increases in history.”
Speaking aboard the supercarrier Gerald R. Ford, Mr. Trump overstated his defense budget increase. There have been at least 10 military spending increases since the 1977 fiscal year larger than his requested 10 percent increase, and 27 since 1940, if war funding is factored in.
“Our Navy’s fleet is the smallest it has been since World War I, and that’s a long time ago.”
This comparison, which Mr. Trump made in his weekly address, is misleading. The Navy had a total battle force of 275 ships in September 2016, which is the smallest it has been since 1916 but also far more powerful. Comparing the forces of the past and today is “like comparing the telegraph to the smartphone; they’re just not comparable,” Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy in the Obama administration, said in 2012.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
Mr. Trump offered this infamous accusation about his predecessor without providing any evidence in an early-morning Twitter post, and has yet to do so after weeks of obfuscation. Top intelligence officials and political leaders in both parties reject his claim.
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
The next day, Mr. Trump repeated his claim, again without offering evidence.
“I said we’re bringing back jobs … But whether it’s the pipelines or so many other things, including the fact that car companies are moving back to Michigan, Ohio, soon to be Pennsylvania and lots of other places, we’re really doing well.”
In a congratulatory Facebook message to Exxon Mobil, Mr. Trump once again took undue credit for auto companies’ jobs and investment plans, many of which were announced or in the works before his election.
“122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!”
Of the 714 former detainees transferred to other countries by Jan. 15, 121 are confirmed to have engaged in militant activity since their release. However, of the 121 men, 113 were transferred under President George W. Bush, not Mr. Obama.
“Great news. We are only just beginning. Together, we are going to #MAGA! ADP Jobs Report February: 190K expected, 298K actual.”
Mr. Trump posted a screenshot of a Fox Business Network segment and overstated his role in job growth in early 2017. The jobs report is based on payroll data collected through the week of the 12th of each month. Mr. Trump had been in office for less than a month at that point. The report also noted that mild weather contributed to a record high number of construction jobs.
“Despite what you hear in the press, health care is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!”
Painting an overly rosy picture of reactions to his bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Trump excoriated reporting on the fallout. The press, The Times included, reported on widespread opposition to Mr. Trump’s bill, including among Republicans.
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“Millions of Americans lost the insurance and lost the doctor that they liked and were thrust into a cold new reality of higher costs and less coverage.”
Research shows less than a million people ended up with no insurance at all.
“Obamacare is imploding and will only get worse.”
Affordable Care Act premiums have spiked and the marketplace isn’t as competitive or abundant with choice as anticipated. But “imploding” goes too far. Evidence suggests the market is far from collapsing and is, in fact, stabilizing.
No false or misleading statements.
Mr. Trump made no public appearances or remarks.
“First of all, (the Affordable Care Act) covers very few people.”
This is false. About 20 million have gained insurance because of the heath care law.
“JOBS, JOBS JOBS! Trump brings back jobs”
Mr. Trump posted a screenshot of a Fox Business Network segment about the February jobs report. Job growth was healthy, but Mr. Trump’s role in it is not so clear-cut. The estimate came three weeks into his presidency.
“Since Nafta was approved, we’ve lost nearly one-third of our manufacturing jobs in the United States.”
Blaming Nafta (the North American Free Trade Agreement) for manufacturing job losses since 1994, as Mr. Trump did in Detroit, ignores other, arguably more important factors like automation, gains in productivity and China’s entry into the World Trade Organization.
“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb … ‘Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.’”
Speaking at a Friends of Ireland luncheon, Mr. Trump recited a “proverb” that he inaccurately suggested was Irish. The quotation’s origins are disputed, but it does not hail from the Irish. PolitiFact reported that some have attributed it to a Nigerian poet, who may not exist. The couplet also appears in a 2003 book of poetry by a Texas author and a 1936 volume of the “International Stereotypers’ and Electrotypers’ Union Journal.”
“Premiums went up 116 percent. They went up 58 percent.”
Mr. Trump emphasized the need to reform health care by cherry-picking the highest premium increases in the country. In 2017, premiums for the benchmark plan increased by 22 percent on average. Some places had higher increases (116 percent in Arizona, the only state in triple digits) and some lower (9 percent in Wyoming).
“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!”
Following a news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Mr. Trump tweeted a misleading critique of Germany’s NATO obligations. While Germany does fall short of allocating 2 percent of its G.D.P. to military spending, that money is not intended to be paid to NATO or the United States.
No false or misleading statements.
Mr. Trump went golfing.
“Last year, our country lost almost $800 billion in trade. Not going to happen anymore, folks.”
Mr. Trump overstated the trade deficit. The United States had a total goods trade deficit of $750 billion in 2016, but a services trade surplus of $250 billion — a net deficit of $500 billion.
“I’ve cleared the way for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines — and added a requirement that American pipelines be constructed with American steel.”
Mr. Trump’s presidential directive requiring the use of American steel in pipelines applies only to new projects. Construction for the two pipelines had already begun, and the executive orders greenlighting them do not require use of American steel.
“I heard just recently in the Middle East we’ve spent as of about two months ago $6 trillion — $6 trillion, and you know where we are over there — while neglecting the fate of American children in cities like Baltimore and Chicago and Detroit.”
Mr. Trump repeated this claim during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. From 2000 to 2014, the United States spent about $1.6 trillion on the wars, according to the Congressional Research Service. Mr. Trump’s $6 trillion figure also encompasses the cost of nation-building and future spending on veterans’ health care and disability.
“That means surveillance and various other things. And The New York Times had a front-page story, which they actually reduced — they took it, they took it, the word ‘wiretapping’ out of the title — but its first story in the front page of the paper was wiretapping.”
In his interview with Time magazine, Mr. Trump refused to back down from his wiretapping accusation and falsely claimed The Times had altered a headline that supported him. The Times article does use the word “wiretap,” but it does not support Mr. Trump’s assertion that Mr. Obama ordered phones at Trump Tower wiretapped. At no point was the headline altered.
“And I never said — I guess I’m here, what, 64 days? I never said repeal and replace Obamacare — you’ve all heard my speeches — I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days.”
Mr. Trump often promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “immediately” and listed it as a legislative priority in his 100-day plan.
“Obamacare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great health care plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!”
Evidence suggests the market is far from “exploding” and is, in fact, stabilizing.
“What I’ve done with airplane pricing and buying is amazing. We’ve done a lot. I think we’ve done more than anybody for this short period of time.”
A variation on one of his most repeated claims, Mr. Trump again took outsize credit for savings in a contract for F-35 fighter jets. The Defense Department announced $600 million in cuts before Mr. Trump had jumped into the negotiation project.
“Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech!”
After the F.B.I. director confirmed that the agency is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, Mr. Trump pointed the finger at Hillary and Bill Clinton. His uranium claim is misleading. The State Department under Mrs. Clinton was one of nine government agencies that had to sign off on Russia’s purchase of a company with uranium assets in the United States. There is no evidence Mrs. Clinton personally lobbied to greenlight the deal.
“First, today’s energy independence action calls for an immediate re-evaluation of the so-called Clean Power Plan.”
In signing an executive order to undo Mr. Obama’s climate change policies, Mr. Trump misleadingly claimed the action would lead to energy independence. The Clean Power Plan regulates carbon emissions from power plants, most of which are fueled by natural gas or coal. But the United States has been exporting more coal than it has imported for the past decade and is expected to become a net exporter of natural gas by 2018.
“Remember when the failing @nytimes apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their coverage was so wrong. Now worse!”
Again, this Twitter claim is false. The Times did not apologize in its letter.
“The failing @nytimes has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change libel laws?”
Mr. Trump linked to a New York Post column that argued that a Jan. 20 article in The Times validated his accusation that Mr. Obama had wiretapped him. This is false.
“We have a lot of plants going up now in Michigan that were never going to be there if I — if I didn’t win this election, those plants would never even think about going back. They were gone.”
Mr. Trump again touted many companies’ job creation plans as a direct result of his election, but many of the investments were planned or announced before the election.
“Wow, @FoxNews just reporting big news. Source: ‘Official behind unmasking is high up. Known Intel official is responsible. Some unmasked … not associated with Russia. Trump team spied on before he was nominated.’”
The Fox News report, which was based on one anonymous source, is not evidence for Mr. Trump’s initial accusation that Mr. Obama spied on him. When Americans are caught in surveillance of foreign targets, their names are typically hidden unless a top official asks for the names to be revealed or “unmasked.” This does not mean that the names were leaked publicly.
“Now, my last tweet — you know, the one that you are talking about, perhaps — was the one about being, in quotes, wiretapped, meaning surveilled. Guess what, it is turning out to be true.”
In an interview with The Financial Times, Mr. Trump continued to insist falsely that he had been validated because he meant “wiretapped” in a broad sense. Mr. Trump did use the word “wiretap” in quote marks in two Twitter posts, but he specifically accused Mr. Obama of ordering his phones to be tapped in two other posts.
“We are rejuvenating our military to the highest level I think in these times, probably more than ever before, or certainly almost more than ever before.”
At a meeting with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Mr. Trump again exaggerated his defense budget request.
“In fact, the trade deficit went way down, just announced before I got on stage.”
Mr. Trump uttered versions of this claim twice in the same day, and it is misleading. The United States reported an overall trade deficit of about $92 billion in the first two months of 2017, which is on par with the last two months of 2016. Mr. Trump may have been referring to reports that the trade deficit declined by 9.6 percent from January to February of this year, but month-to-month fluctuations are common.
“Yes, I think” Susan Rice committed a crime.
In an interview with The Times, Mr. Trump accused Ms. Rice, the former national security adviser, of a crime with no evidence. A conservative writer and conspiracy theorist who did not identify his sources said that Ms. Rice sought to learn the identities of Trump associates swept up in surveillance of foreign officials. Leaking the names would be a crime; there is no evidence that Ms. Rice did so.
We’ve “saved hundreds of millions of dollars on airplanes, and really billions, because if you take that out over a period of years it’s many billions of dollars.”
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Mr. Trump again claimed undue credit for over $728 million in savings on F-35 fighter jets.
“Last month, we saw a 64 percent reduction in illegal immigration on our southern border.”
Border apprehensions, the best gauge for border crossings, declined 64 percent from March 2016 to March 2017. But Mr. Trump’s statement gives the impression that he was talking about a month-to-month decrease, which was about 35 percent from February to March 2017.
April 8 to April 10
No false or misleading statements.
Mr. Trump went golfing.
“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve.”
Following stories about a rift between Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, and other White House staff members, Mr. Trump falsely claimed to have not known Mr. Bannon before his campaign. He has known Mr. Bannon since 2011. Mr. Trump said he had known Mr. Bannon “for many years” in a 2016 campaign statement.
“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.”
A personnel shortage is largely his own doing, even by his own account. As of the day of his interview, Mr. Trump had yet to nominate anyone for 478 positions out of more than 533 key appointments. He told Fox News in February he didn’t want to appoint “because they’re unnecessary to have.”
“If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what’s happened over the last eight years, you’ll see there’s a tremendous difference — tremendous difference.”
During a meeting with emergency medical workers, Mr. Trump boasted that he had done more against the Islamic State than Mr. Obama had in a fraction of the time. Under the Obama administration, a military coalition recaptured several major cities from the Islamic State and launched more than 17,000 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Since Mr. Trump’s inauguration, the Islamic State had lost no major cities, and the coalition had conducted about 2,000 airstrikes.
No false or misleading statements.
Mr. Trump went golfing.
No false or misleading statements.
“Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!”
Tens of thousands across the country took to the streets as part of Tax March to demand Mr. Trump’s tax returns, which he has not released. Ezra Levin, a member of Tax March’s executive committee, called Mr. Trump’s tweet “bogus and flat-out false.”
“The fake media goes, ‘Donald Trump changed his stance on China.’ I haven’t changed my stance.”
This is false. During the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump repeatedly promised to declare China a currency manipulator, and he labeled China that in an interview with The Financial Times in early April. But he told The Wall Street Journal later that month that he would no longer do so.
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“The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!”
The gang in question, Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, precedes Mr. Obama’s presidency by decades. By 2005, four years before Mr. Obama took office, the F.B.I. reported that MS-13 had 10,000 “hardcore members” active, the same number cited by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the day of Mr. Trump’s claim.
“Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG ‘R’ win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!”
This tweet about the results of the special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District is exaggerated. Votes for Democratic and Republican candidates were nearly even for the House seat vacated by Tom Price, Mr. Trump’s new health secretary. A two-candidate runoff to fill the seat will be held in June.
“They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement, I can tell you that.”
Mr. Trump accused Iran of not adhering to the Iran nuclear deal a day after his State Department confirmed that Tehran was complying. Mr. Trump later clarified that he was referring to Iran’s activities in the Middle East and the world, but he did not offer this context with his original statement.
“But I said (NATO) was obsolete because they weren’t focused on terror.”
In an interview with The Associated Press, Mr. Trump misleadingly suggested NATO had changed after he accused it of not focusing on terrorism, and cited a Wall Street Journal article from June 2016 about the alliance’s creation of a new counterterrorism position. NATO has been engaged in counterterrorism efforts since 1980, and the position isn’t considered a significant step.
No false or misleading statements.
“New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in popular vote.”
Mr. Trump falsely suggested on Twitter that he had beaten Mrs. Clinton in the popular vote. In the April ABC/Washington Post poll referred to by Mr. Trump, 46 percent of voters said they voted for Mrs. Clinton and 43 percent for Mr. Trump. This is similar to Mrs. Clinton’s popular-vote margin from November.
“The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)! If … the wall is not built, which it will be, the drug situation will NEVER be fixed the way it should be!”
Mr. Trump’s border wall would not address several modes of drug trafficking from Mexican criminal networks. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2016 report, the most common method of transporting drugs is in concealed compartments in vehicles crossing ports of entry. Other methods rely on tunnels, drones and commercial cargo trains and buses. None of these methods would be prevented by a wall.
“Virtually every country has a surplus with the United States.”
There are at least a dozen countries that have trade deficits with the United States, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil and Egypt.
“First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities — both ridiculous rulings. See you in the Supreme Court!”
Judge William H. Orrick of the United States District Court blocked Mr. Trump’s executive order to withhold money from sanctuary cities. While he is in California, the same state as the Ninth Circuit, he does not sit on the Ninth.
“I want to help our miners while the Democrats are blocking their healthcare.”
On the eve of a potential government shutdown, Mr. Trump misleadingly accused Democrats of having no qualms about letting government-funded health care benefits for coal miners lapse unless funding is extended by April 30. But the senator who introduced legislation extending funding is Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia. Among his 26 co-sponsors are 14 other Democrats and Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, who caucuses with the party.
“It’s a false standard, 100 days, but I have to tell you, I don’t think anybody has done what we did over the 100 days.”
On the eve of his first 100 days in office, Mr. Trump claimed unprecedented progress. Of course, any productivity comparison is subjective, but his claim is off by a few metrics.
During Mr. Trump’s first 90 days in office, he signed 28 bills into law and the Senate confirmed his nominee for Supreme Court justice. Mr. Trump had not signed into law any of the 10 pieces of major legislation in his 100-day plan. The White House has also pointed to Mr. Trump’s rollback of Obama-era regulations. At the same point, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed 76 bills into law, Mr. Obama had enacted a stimulus package and President George W. Bush had enacted major tax cuts.
Source: New York Times – Politics