Fact-Checker Report: Trump’s 5 Favorite False Claims Debunked

“As of Jan. 10, President Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims since taking office. He now averages 5.6 per day. Here are the five he says most regularly.” ~ The Washington Post Fact-Checker

The Washington Post first started their “Fact Checker” column on Sept. 19, 2007, “as a feature during the 2008 presidential campaign,” and revived it as a permanent feature on Jan. 11, 2011.



In August 2017, The Washington Post added a Facebook page, “Fact Checker, from The Washington Post,” which has posted 22 videos so far, beginning with their first episode: “Donald Trump Jr.’s contradictory statements about the Russia meeting.”

Their latest episode titled: “President Trump passes 2000 false and misleading claims before the end of his first year,” was posted this Sunday, 14 January 2018.

As The Washington Post noted in their description: “As of Jan. 10, President Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims since taking office. He now averages 5.6 per day. Here are the five he says most regularly.”

Those “false or misleading claims” include the following:

  1. “We’re the highest taxed nation in the world.” As Wapo reported, Trump has made 33 claims so far that the USA is the highest taxed nation in the world. However, “The Pew Research Center, using 2014 data, found that the tax bill for Americans, under various scenarios, is below average for developed countries.”
  2. “The Russia story is fake news.” Trump has made “38 claims on the Russia probe,” so far. However, “on January 6, the leadership of the intelligence community released a declassified report expressing ‘high confidence’ in the CIA’s judgment that Russia had meddled in the U.S. election.”
  3. “The Republican tax cut is the highest reduction in taxes in the history of the country.” Wapo reported that Trump has made “55 claims on the biggest tax cut;” however, “Trump’s tax cut will be the eighth largest tax cut – and even smaller than two tax cuts passed under Barack Obama.”
  4. “Businesses are returning to the USA.” Trump has made “claims on business deals.” However, as Wapo noted: “Trump keeps taking credit for business decisions made before he took office and that were unchanged by his presidency.”
  5. “Obamacare is a disaster.” Trump has made “61 claims on Obamacare;” however, “The Affordable Care Act is not a ‘total disaster’ and is expected to remain stable for the foreseeable future according to the Congressional Budget Office.”

The Washington Post concluded the segment, reporting that “Trump has averaged 5.6 flip-flops, false or misleading claims per day since taking office.”

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