WASHINGTON (AP) – In his final remarks as president, Donald Trump tried to take credit for the achievements of his predecessor and even those under President Joe Biden.
His farewell comments were misused On Wednesday morning and the night before, though he was spot on: “We were not a regular administration.”
Also, while the Americans were “horrified” by the storm of the Capitol this month, they saw the encouragement given in advance to the crowd and the praise of the attackers as “very special” people while they were still ransacked. Seat of power.
Here’s a look at some of his statements for well-wishers at Joint Base Andrews for Florida on Wednesday and at his video chat address:
Trump: “We got the vaccine developed in nine months instead of a long time, nine years or five years or 10 years. It was going to take a long time. … We have two outs, we have one more coming almost immediately. “- Comment on Wednesday before leaving Washington.
TRUMP: “Another administration would have taken three, four, five, maybe even 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did it in nine months. “- Address Tuesday.
Facts: In fact, the administration did not develop any vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies did. And one of the two US companies that are now in use with the vaccine did not take development money from the government.
Trump’s argument that a vaccine would have taken years under a different administration increases credibility. COVID-19 vaccines were actually quite fast, but other countries are developing them as well. A vaccine for coronavirus is not a singular achievement of the United States, much less the Trump administration.
American drugmaker Pfizer developed its vaccine in partnership with BioNotech, Germany, receiving federal funding for the development, although it benefited from an upfront commitment from Washington to buy larger quantities if the vaccine was successful. A modern vaccine from the US is also in widespread use.
But Britain’s AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine is being administered in many countries, and vaccines in China and Russia are also in limited use. More than a dozen potential vaccines are in the final stages of worldwide testing.
Trump: “We Passed VA Choice.” – Address Tuesday.
Facts: No, that choice program did not pass. President Barack Obama did. Trump expanded it. The program allows medical care to be received outside the Veterans Affairs system under certain conditions. Trump has tried to take credit for Obama’s achievement score.
TRUMP: “We also got tax cuts, the biggest tax cuts and the most reforms in our country’s history so far.” – Comment on Wednesday.
TRUMP: “We passed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history.” – Address Tuesday.
Facts: Their tax cuts are not close to the largest in American history.
This is a $ 1.5 trillion tax cut over 10 years. A tax deduction of that size ranks 12th, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, as part of the overall economy. President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 deduction is the largest, followed by the rollback of taxes in 1945 that funded World War II.
Post-Reagan tax cuts are also historically significant: President George W. Bush’s cuts in the early 2000s and Obama’s renewal a decade later.
Trump: “We have the largest economy in the world.” – Comment on Wednesday.
TRUMP: “We also built the largest economy in the history of the world.” – Address Tuesday.
Facts: No, the number shows that it was not the greatest in American history. And he is the first president since Herbert Hoover to step down with fewer jobs than when he started.
Did America have the most jobs on record before the epidemic? Sure, the population had grown. The 3.5% unemployment rate before the recession was at a half-century low, but the percentage of people working or looking for jobs was still below the 2000 peak.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer looked at Trump’s economic growth record. Trump’s average growth before the epidemic was 2.48% annually, only slightly better than the 2.41% achieved during Obama’s second term. In contrast, the economic expansion that began in 1982 during Reagan’s presidency averaged 4.2% per year.
TRUMP on the economy after the pandemic: “It’s a rocket ship.” – Comment on Wednesday.
Facts: Not so.
There has been no dramatic, V-shaped economic recovery under Trump. Employers cut jobs in their office during the last December. But economists say the additional aid approved in December and more from Biden could likely lead to the strongest growth this year in more than two decades.
TRUMP: “We ruled America’s job creation and achieved record-low unemployment for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, women – almost all of them. – Address Tuesday.
Facts: not ignition. Job creation actually slowed down in 2016, with Trump’s first year in office, about 2 million, compared to about 2.5 million in 2016, the last year Obama was in office.
The low unemployment rate refers to a pre-pandemic economy that is no more. The epidemic has cost the US economy 10 million jobs and made Trump the first president to oversee the net loss of jobs. The US has about 2.8 million fewer jobs than Trump was inaugurated and lost just 140,000 in December. And job losses have fallen disproportionately on black Americans, Hispanics and women.
Trump: “We rebuilt the American manufacturing base, opened thousands of new factories, and brought back the beautiful phrase manufactured in the USA.” – Address Tuesday.
Facts: This is a stretch. The US now has 60,000 fewer manufacturing jobs than Trump assumed office. Despite the gains before the epidemic, the manufacturing base was not “rebuilt at all.”
Prior to coronovirus, about 500,000 manufacturing jobs were added under Trump, somewhat better than the nearly 400,000 gained during Obama’s second term. Yet, even before the epidemic, the US had 4.3 million fewer factory jobs, as it did in 2001, the year China joined the World Trade Organization and a flood of cheap imports from that country entered the US.
TRUMP: “All Americans were frightened by the attack on our capital. Political violence attacks everything we as Americans. It can never be tolerated. “- Address Tuesday.
FACTS: This may sum up the reaction of most Americans but he ignores his own part in provoking the anger of his supporters before staging a violent scuffle.
For months, Trump falsely claimed that the November election had been stolen, then invited supporters to Washington and sent him to the Capitol with a call to “fight like hell.”
The rebellion is still ongoing and with the velocity of the attack evident from the video and reports of the attack, Trump released a video telling him to “go home now”, while “it was a tortuous election” and Repeating: “We love you.” You are very special “
The House accused Trump of inciting her to impeach. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Trump’s political ally for four years, said Trump supporters on Tuesday were “fed lies” and “provoked by the president and other powerful people.”
Trump: “We Reconstructed the United States Army.” – Comment on Wednesday.
Facts: This is an exaggeration.
It is true that his administration rapidly increased defense spending, which is believed to reduce spending limits under the US military budget limit.
But many new Pentagon weapons programs, such as the F-35 fighter jet, were launched years before the Trump administration. And it will take years to build, deliver and use freshly ordered tanks, aircraft and other weapons.
For example, the Air Force’s Minuteman 3 missiles, a major part of the US nuclear force, have been operating since the 1970s and modernization began under the Obama administration. They are scheduled to be replaced with a new version, but not until the end of this decade.
Trump: “We rejected the ISIS Khilafat.” – Address Tuesday.
FACTS: His suggestion of 100% defeat is misleading as the Islamic State group still remains a threat.
IS was defeated in Iraq in 2017, then lost its land holdings in Syria in March 2019, marking the end of the self-proclaimed Khilafat of extremists. Still, the extremist sleeper cell has launched attacks in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks and is believed to be responsible for targeted killings against local officials and members of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The continuing attacks are a sign that the terrorist group is taking advantage of governments otherwise focused on the epidemic and the subsequent slide into economic chaos. The virus has been raising long-standing concerns among security and UN experts that the group will make a comeback.
TRUMP: “We imposed historical and commemorative charges on China. … Our business relations were rapidly changing, putting billions and billions of dollars into the US, but the virus forced us to go in a different direction. “- Address Tuesday.
FACTS: This is a well-known claim, associated with the core.
It is false to suggest that the US never charged Chinese goods before they were charged. In some cases the duty on Chinese goods is higher than before. It is also wrong to suggest that tariffs are being paid by China.
The tariff money coming into government coffers is primarily from American businesses and consumers, not China. Tariffs are primarily if not a fully domestically paid tax.
Associated Press authors Josh Baak, Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor contributed to this report.
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