Today, it is a sad fact of life in the USA, that Americans are living in a national reality show where the republican President Donald Trump has a habit of reporting/ tweeting on his beliefs which frequently have no basis in fact. The Washington Post and other news outlets are keeping records to fact check just about everything the president alleges to be true. On a weekly basis, the Washington Post reviews his most recent tweets. There is also a Trump Promise Tracker.
Here are the Washington Post’s most recent reviews:
On 4/21/17, Michelle Ye Hee Lee of the Washington Post fact checked the following presidential tweets in this report, “What Trump got wrong on Twitter this week (#8).”
“But in the past week, Trump tweeted misleading or false claims about several issues that were worth delving into. Here’s a look at what Trump got wrong in 10 tweets.”.
“Throughout the campaign, Trump falsely blamed China for being a “world champion” of devaluing the yuan. We rated that outdated claim Four Pinncchios: Not only is the United States not being hurt by China’s current currency manipulation, China also is not devaluing its currency anymore. In fact, China is selling foreign currency to prop up its own in an effort to prevent the yuan from depreciating further and destabilizing the Chinese and global economy.”
“Then, on April 12, Trump announced that he would not label China a currency manipulator, breaking his key economic campaign promise. We rated this promise “Broken” in our Trump Promise Tracker.
He said in interviews about releasing his tax returns: “I have no problem and it should be and I hope it’s before the election.” (Here’s Fact Checker’s look at what we know about his taxes so far.)”
“In any case, he’s incorrect that winning the electoral college was an “impossible thing to do for a Republican” and his electoral college votes were not “easily won.” According to a tally by John Pitney of Claremont McKenna College, Trump ranked 46th out of 58 electoral college results.”
“He did not accurately describe Ossoff’s stances on illegal immigration and taxes, as our friends at PolitiFact and FactCheck.org found. Ossoff supports a comprehensive immigration bill that allows a “path to legal status” for undocumented people (excluding felons) living in the country. But he also said he supports strong border security. This is not the same as “allowing illegal immigration.”
On taxes, FactCheck.org found that Ossoff has proposed to simplify the tax code and that “to lower tax rates, we can eliminate carve-outs and special treatment in the tax code that privilege large organizations at the expense of small businesses.”
“MS-13 is believed to have started in Los Angeles in the 1980s by Salvadorans who immigrated there to flee civil war in their country, according to the Congressional Research Service. As of 2005, the gang had traveled to many cities across the country, from California to the East Coast. PolitiFact and FactCheck.org dug into this in depth.”
“Moreover, Immigration and Customs Enforcement under Trump is arresting an increasing number of noncriminals, indicating that it’s not just the criminal and dangerous gang members who are being targeted by his administration.”
“Trump had a long history of outsourcing a variety of his products and has acknowledged doing so. When asked during a Republican primary debate in Miami why voters should trust that Trump “will run the country differently from how you run your businesses,” he answered: “Because nobody knows the system better than me. … I’m a businessman. These are laws. These are regulations. These are rules. We’re allowed to do it. … I’m the one that knows how to change it.”
“The Fact Checker counted a total of 12 countries where Trump products (are) manufactured (China, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, Turkey, Slovenia, Honduras, Germany, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea).”