Fact Check: For True Form, Trump makes several false claims in his final remarks in office


Trump repeated some of his favorite lies in his farewell video address, which was released on Tuesday, and in his final speech at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday morning.

Once more, here is a fact check roundup.

In the video address, Trump said he “appointed about 300 federal judges.” In his final speech, similarly, Trump said he received “about 300 federal judges and three great judges of the Supreme Court.” He added to the speech: “This is a record-setting number.”

Fact first: Trump was wrong, with his number and his claim both setting a record. According to figures from Brookings Institution partner Russell Wheeler, he received a total of 234 judges in the Supreme Court, district courts and appeals courts; Even if you round liberally, it does not qualify as around 300. And President Jimmy Carter appointed 39% of the judges available at the time, according to Wheeler, to a total of 261 judges, compared to Trump’s 27%.

Giants pick

For more than the 160th time as president, Trump claimed in a video address, that he is responsible for building the Veterans Choice health care program: “We Passed VA Choice.” (He made a less explicit version of the claim in his last speech.)
Fact first: Trump was again wrong. Former President Barack Obama Signs Veterans Choice Program into Law in 2014. What Trump signed the 2018 law, VA Mission Act, That revised and expanded the eligibility criteria of the Choice Program.
A 2014 law signed by Obama, which allowed some veterans to be covered by the government for doctors-provided health care outside the VA system, was a bipartisan initiative that was repeatedly criticized by two Senators Trump , Burmese Sanders of Vermont and the late John McCain of Arizona.
We’ve called Trump’s claim that the veteran’s choice is one of his 15 most notable lies.

Oil and gas production

Trump claimed in the video address: “We also opened up our energy resources and became the world’s No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas.”

Fact first: While American energy production actually did to head Under Trump, Trump does not credit America for reaching the number-one position in overall energy production. America actually became the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas under President Barack Obama in 2012According to data published by the Government’s Energy Information Administration. It was particularly crude oil in which America became the world’s top producer during Trump’s term.
“The United States has been the world’s top producer of natural gas since 2009, when US natural gas production overtook Russia, and it has been the world’s top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when it produced Saudi Arabia. Was over, ”the Energy Information Administration says.

Border wall

Trump claimed in the video address that, under him, the US had built “a powerful new wall over 450 miles”.

Fact first: Reference is needed for this. It is true that according to official US Customs and Border Protection data provided to CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez, more than 450 miles of border barriers were built under Trump – 453 miles as of 8 January 2021. However, out of these 453 miles, only 47 were parked where there were no barriers before.

Another 406 miles: 351 miles have been replaced by pre-existing primary barriers that the government describes as outdated or outdated; Pre-existing chronic or old secondary barriers over 22 miles were removed; There were new secondary barriers at 33 miles where previously there were only primary obstacles.

Many of the Trump-era barriers are important, we also should not dismiss the importance of replacement barriers big, More expensive and more controversial than the odds they changed. But it is worth noting that Trump did not put 450 miles of obstacles in the area, which previously had no defense.

Trump’s 2020 vote total

Trump claimed in his last speech that “we received just 75 million votes,” a record for a sitting president.

Fact first: This is another exaggeration. Trump received 74.2 million votes In the 2020 election, that does not happen until 75 million. Trump’s total number is actually a record for a sitting president, but Trump also did not accept that Joe Biden received more than 7 million votes compared to him.

– Tara Subramaniam

Unemployment rate

Trump claimed in the video address that he “achieved record low unemployment for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, women…”

Fact first: There are two errors here. First, the unemployment rate for women never fell to a record low under Trump. (Before the coronovirus epidemic, it was At the lowest In American history, but not much less.) Second, the unemployment rates of all these groups are nowhere near record levels; Trump’s claim ignores the fact that the unemployment rate skyrocketed early in the epidemic and remains high today.
The December 2020 unemployment rate for African Americans was 9.9%. This is up from 8.0% of Trump’s first full month in February 2017 and 5.2% in August 2019.
The December 2020 unemployment rate for Hispanic Americans was 9.3%. Which is fine with 5.6% of February 2017 and 4.0% of September 2019.
The unemployment rate for women in December 2020 was 6.7%. This is above the record of 4.6% in February 2017 and 2.7% in May 1953.
The December 2020 unemployment rate for Asian Americans was 5.8%. (This rate has not been seasonally adjusted; the fact-checking rates of other groups are seasonally adjusted.) Which is higher than the 3.5% for February 2017 and 2.0% for May 2018.

Trump jobs record

In his final speech, Trump boasted of his record on jobs, saying that we “have and have such good – good job numbers – job numbers are absolutely unbelievable.” He continued: “Were we not in the grip of an epidemic when we started, we had numbers that would never have been seen – already our numbers are the best.”

Fact first: Trump’s grammar makes this claim a little harder for fact-checking – he seemed to boast boastfully about the past and back and forth about the present – but he clearly “already” holds any president. Not the best employment record. In fact, thanks to the standing job loss of the time of the epidemic, he leaves office with America Nearly 3 million on fewer jobs When he took office. No other president In the post-World War II era, the period for which we have good official data has been a record of negative jobs.

Trump’s record on job creation lags behind many other presidents even before the epidemic.

Trump tax cut

Trump claimed in both the farewell video and his final speech that the largest tax cuts in American history had been passed.

Fact first: Trump’s 2017 tax cuts were not the largest in US history. There have been large tax cuts whether you measure in inflation-adjusted dollars or as part of the national economy.

The tax cuts were much larger in 1981, 2010, and 2013, as part of the dollar or economy adjusted in inflation. As part of the economy, there were also those that were large, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a think tank focused on fiscal policies.

The Tax Deductions and Jobs Act, passed in 2017 under Trump, provided for cuts that are the largest in nominal terms, but still smaller than the tax cuts passed in 2013.

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