In a 26-hour period this week, President Trump made 29 claims that were false or misleading, the Washington Post has reported.
From 6:31 p.m. on July 24 to 8:09 p.m. on July 25, “President Trump made two fired-up speeches, held a news conference and tweeted with abandon, leaving a trail of misinformation in his wake,” the Post said.
The paper rounded up each of the false or misleading claims. The first was at the National Scout Jamboree, where he said of the audience, “The press will say it’s about 200 people. It looks like about 45,000 people. You set a record today.” (The record was set in 1964 with nearly 51,000 attendees.) The last was at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, where he said, “We have the highest taxes in the world. “Trump almost never gets this right,” the paper says. “The Pew Research Center, using 2014 data, found that the tax bill for Americans, under various scenarios, is below average for developed countries.”
Here are some of the untruths in between:
Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
The truth: “Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, gave a lengthy statement explaining his side of the story and denying any collusion. That is not Kushner “proving he did not collude with the Russians”; the special counsel’s investigation is still under way.”
Trump claim: “Obamacare is a disaster. It’s failing on every front. It’s too expensive. It gives horrible coverage.”
The truth: “The health-care law boosted the number of people with health insurance by 20 million. The Congressional Budget Office, in its reports on the GOP replacement bills, said that the individual market would be stable in most markets at least for the next 10 years under the Affordable Care Act. Most people who participate in the exchanges receive tax subsidies that shield them from premium increases.”
Trump claim: “Since my election, we’ve added much more than 1 million jobs. Think of that.”
The truth: “It’s unclear why Trump is claiming credit for jobs created in the last three months of President Barack Obama’s term. In the five months since Trump took office, 863,000 jobs have been created — fewer than the last five months of Obama’s second term. Trump is falling behind on his promise to create 10 million jobs in his first term.”
Trump claim: “In West Virginia, recent premiums have gone up 169 percent since Obamacare went into effect. In Alaska, over 200 percent.”
The truth: “This is one of Trump’s favorite talking points on Obamacare, yet it’s still misleading. For 2017, the average increase in premiums before subsidies was 25 percent, so he is cherry-picking the highest end of premium increases.”
Trump claim: “Actually if I get what I want, it will be the single biggest tax cut in American history.”
The truth: “The Trump administration has released no plan beyond a single sheet of paper. Even if it became a reality (there are reports that the tax plan is being scaled back), it still would be smaller than tax cuts passed by Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan.”