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Fact check on Trump's press conference 1/11/17. Excerpts from The Washington Post .
President-elect Donald Trump finally held a news conference, but as is typical, he often made claims that have been repeatedly debunked or discredited. Here’s a guide to 14 of his more notable statements, in the order in which he made them.
“It’s very familiar territory, news conferences, because we used to give them on an almost daily basis.”
Exaggeration. While on TV constantly he generally held news conferences only following primary contests.
“You saw yesterday Fiat Chrysler; big, big factory going to be built in this country as opposed to another country. Ford just announced that they stopped plans for a billion-dollar plant in Mexico and they’re going to be moving into Michigan and expanding, very substantially, an existing plant.”
“When we lost 22 million names and everything else that was hacked recently, they didn’t make a big deal out of that. That was something that was extraordinary. That was probably China.”
China's hack of 22 million accounts at the Office of Personnel Management was front-page news.
“The Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. … And they tried to hack the Republican National Committee, and they were unable to break through.”
Misleading. ... older Republican National Committee domains were also targeted but none of the information that may have been obtained was leaked. Comey said that the Russians “got far deeper and wider into the [DNC] than the RNC,” adding that “similar techniques were used in both cases.”
“Look at the things that were hacked, look at what was learned from that hacking. That Hillary Clinton got the questions to the debate and didn’t report it? That’s a horrible thing.”
There is no indication or confirmation this statement is true.
“This administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time. The void was created, ISIS was formed.”
Grossly simplified. ISIS was a response tp the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
“I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia.”
Misleading. Trump's own son, DJT Jr., contradicts this statement.
“I have a no-conflict situation because I’m president.”
“The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters. … You learn very little to a tax return.”
False on both counts. 60% of Americans believe Trump should release his tax returns.
Tax experts say returns provide info and insight into and individuals finances in many areas.
“We have hundreds of billions of dollars of losses on a yearly basis — hundreds of billions with China on trade and trade imbalance, with Japan, with Mexico, with just about everybody.”
A basic misunderstanding by Trump. Increasing tariffs and starting a trade war would increase costs of goods to American consumers but would not result in America gaining money that has ben lost.
“Some states have over a 100 percent [premium] increase.”
Gross exaggeration. ... the most common plans in the marketplace in 2017 experienced an average increase of 22 percent. Oklahoma experience a 71% increase in health insurance premiums while Rhode Island saw only a 1.3% increase.
“I want to thank United Technologies which owns Carrier, but we saved close to a thousand jobs.”
Trump wrongly continues to count jobs that weren't leaving the USA for Mexico in the first place. False
“96 million really wanting a job and they can’t get. You know that story. The real number — that’s the real number.”
Bald face lie! Only 7.5 million are actively seeking employment. Trump counts retired folks and those under 16 in his quoted number.
“I think it’s a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public.”
Pot calling kettle black. Trump was the leading purveyor of false “birther” claims, based on no evidence, that Obama was not born in the United States. He frequently claimed that Obama had spent $2 million to cover this up — a number he plucked out of World Net Daily, which promotes conservative-leaning conspiracy theories.
Trump has almost no credibility yet the conservative and GOP faithful seem blind to this truth. With just moderate effort spent in research Trump's basic dishonesty and lack of a normal ethical and moral compass is glaringly clear.
Read the complete Washington Post article HERE.