POLITICS 01/30/2019 05:10 am ET Pete Souza used photographic evidence in a bid to disprove Trump's reported claim about what Obama did in the official residence. By Lee Moran Former White House photographer Pete Souza attempted to disprove another one of President Donald Trump’s wild statements on Tuesday. Souza shared a number of images showing former President Barack Obama dining in a private room off the Oval Office to counter Trump’s reported claim to tour guests that Obama “just sat in here and watched basketball all day.” “Click through the pictures to see what President Obama actually did in the dining room with a variety of people,” Souza wrote. “He had lunch.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 28, 2019 at 6:36am PST The shutterbug also commented on Trump’s alleged claim that there was a hole in the room’s wall when he moved into the official residence: … [Read more...] about Obama Photographer Fact-Checks Donald Trump’s White House Tour Tales With Old Snaps
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading a false claim from supporters that people who are in the United States illegally receive more in federal assistance than the average American gets in Social Security benefits. Everything about the tweet he passed on to his 56 million listed Twitter followers Tuesday is wrong. In a tweet of his own, Trump sketched an overly simplistic portrait of the auto industry in suggesting that General Motors plants slated for closure would be chugging along if foreign cars were heavily taxed in the U.S. market. ___ IMMIGRATION TRUMP's retweet: "Illegals can get up to $3,874 a month under Federal Assistance program. Our social security checks are on average $1200 a month. RT (retweet) if you agree: If you weren't born in the United States, you should receive $0 assistance." THE FACTS: Wrong country, wrong numbers, wrong description of legal status of the recipients. Besides that, immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally do not qualify for … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Entire Trump tweet on immigrant aid is wrong
WASHINGTON — It's elemental. President Donald Trump got his facts about earth, water, air and fire wrong as he and his aides spent a week attacking the White House climate report. In interviews and off-the-cuff remarks, public statements and briefings, the president and the White House made a dozen discernible claims about the National Climate Assessment that the White House quietly issued on the day after Thanksgiving. Only one was supported by facts. Here are 11 ways that the president bungled the basics of climate change, the Earth and of science itself. At the end of this list, you can read what the White House got right. TRUMP: "I don't believe it," he said Monday. Then on Tuesday he told The Washington Post: "One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence, but we're not necessarily such believers." THE FACTS: The president implies that belief is essential to the climate change issue. What to do about it is a matter of debate. … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: 11 Trump climate goofs and 1 correct claim
With gasoline prices plummeting, President Donald Trump gave himself a third-person pat on the back via Twitter: “thank you President T.” Energy experts say the decline in prices is largely motivated by market forces outside the president’s control. But experts attribute at least part of the recent drop to the Trump administration’s decision to soften hard-line sanctions against Iran — allowing waivers for eight countries to buy oil from Iran. Blaming or crediting a president for rising or falling gasoline prices is a regular, bipartisan political ploy. In May, we wrote that Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer placed too much blame on Trump for rising gasoline prices at the time. President Barack Obama also found himself a frequent target of partisan attacks for rising gas prices. Experts say those kinds of attacks hold little merit, as a president’s influence doesn’t drive gasoline prices. And that’s largely true now. But Trump has also been … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Is Trump Responsible for Falling Gasoline Prices?
Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post Published 1:28 pm PST, Saturday, November 17, 2018 President Donald Trump's Nov. 14 interview with the Daily Caller had prompted much head-scratching with his comment that an ID - he said "voter ID" - is needed to buy cereal. But there were many other dubious statements in his lengthy interview, some of which we have fact-checked as part of our database on Trump's false and misleading claims. Here's a quick roundup of the president's most notable errors of fact, in the order in which he made them. - "You know, it's very interesting, because when you talk about not Senate confirmed, well, [special counsel Robert] Mueller's not Senate confirmed. He's heading this whole big thing; he's not Senate confirmed." Trump is responding to assertions that he violated the Constitution by appointing the Justice Department's chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, as acting attorney general. The chief of staff post is not subject to Senate confirmation, … [Read more...] about Fact-checking President Trump’s wild Daily Caller interview