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All 103 false statements Donald Trump made in his first 100 days in office

All the fake news that’s fit to print: We’ve compiled a comprehensive collection of all his falsehoods, foul-ups and flat-out lies – and it’s a long, long list

 

Donald Trump says he’s done more in his first 100 days in office than any other President ever.

That’s just one of (at least) 102 false statements he’s made since he swore the oath of office on January 20th 2017.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive collection of all his falsehoods, foul-ups and flat-out lies – and it’s a long, long list.

For the sake of relative brevity we’ve restricted the list to the first occasion he’s made a claim.

But it’s worth bearing in mind that he’s repeated many of his falsehoods and over again – particularly, for some reason, getting the size of America’s trade deficit wrong, which he’s done a lot.

So here we go with Day One – let’s journey back to Inauguration Day

Day 1: Friday, Jan 20 2017

 
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1. Washington DC homicides are up 50%

Claim on White House website:

“The Trump Administration is committed to reducing violent crime. In 2015, homicides increased by 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent.”

This is untrue.

  • The Metropolitan Police Department in DC say there were 105 homicides in 2014. This increased to 162 in 2015, which was a 52% increase
  • The figure for 2016 was 135, a 17% decrease on 2015
  • The crime rate in DC has tumbled in the last 20 years – and is now 55% lower than it was in 1997. And it’s now significantly lower than it was in 2008, the year before Barack Obama took office

2. ‘It stopped raining for my inaugural address’

Claim made in a speech at the Inaugural Liberty Ball:

“The crowd was unbelievable today. I looked at the rain, which just never came, you know, we finished the speech, went inside, it poured then we came outside. The helicopter scene was an incredible scene, and then, amazingly it rained—like God was looking down on us.”

This is untrue.

  • It rained during the speech
 
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Day 2: Jan 21

 
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3. ‘The media invented my feud with the intelligence community’

Claim made during a visit to the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia:

I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.”

This is untrue.

  • The reports of Donald Trump’s feud with the intelligence community were sparked not by media speculation, but by – among other factors – a tweet from the man himself comparing the leaking of the WaterSportsgate memo, presumably by an intelligence agent – which he compared to Nazi Germany

4. ‘I have the all time record for Time Magazine covers’

Claim made during same CIA visit:

“We have the all-time record in the history of Time Magazine. … I’ve been on it for 15 times this year.”

This is untrue.

  • Donald Trump has been on the cover of Time magazine a total of 11 times. Ever
  • The all-time record is held by Richard Nixon, who was on the cover 55 times. For comparison, Hillary Clinton has been on the cover of Time Magazine 22 times

5. ‘The crowd stretched all the way back to the Washington Monument’

Claim made during same CIA visit:

“Honestly, it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was it was, but it went all the way back to the Washington Monument.”

And later:

“…all the way back to the Washington Monument, was packed.”

This is untrue.

 
(Photo: REUTERS)
  • This picture was taken from the top of the Washington Monument at 12.01pm local time, during the inauguration ceremony

6. ‘It was the most watched inaugural ceremony both in person and around the world’

Claim made by Press Secretary Sean Spicer in a briefing to reporters:

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe”

Claim made by Donald Trump in CIA visit:

“I looked out, the field was — it looked like a million, million and a half people.”

This is untrue.

  • Spicer later accepted the “in person” claim wasn’t true, but said he was not taking the figures for “in person” and “around the globe” separately, but as an aggregate figure

This is also probably untrue.

  • According to Nielsen , 30.6 million people watched the coverage in the US, 7 million fewer than watched Obama’s 2009 ceremony
  • The record is held by Ronald Reagan, who attracted 41.8 million TV viewers in 1981
  • Akamai, the lead supplier of online streaming coverage of the event, said viewership peaked at 4.6 million viewers, which is more than the 3.8 million who watched Obama’s inauguration online – but still doesn’t add up to 40.1 million when combined with the TV figure

7. ‘Trump inauguration was the first to use floor coverings’

Spicer claimed:

“This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual.

This is untrue.

  • They used floor coverings for the 2013 inauguration

8. Trump’s inauguration was the first time fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall

Spicer claimed:

“This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.”

This is untrue.

  • The secret service say magnetometers were not used on the Mall during the inauguration
  • They had been used at previous inaugurations

9. More people used the DC Metro for Trump’s inauguration than for Obama’s last inauguration

Spicer claimed:

“We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural.”

This is untrue.

  • There were 783,000 trips on the Metro on Obama’s inauguration day

Day 4: January 23

 
(Photo: The Washington Post)

10. ‘I have recieved awards on the environment’

Claim by Trump to a meeting of CEOs:

“I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment, I’ve won awards on the environment but some of that stuff makes it impossible to get anything built.”

This does not appear to be true.

  • The White House say he was referring to an award mentioned in a book by Trump’s former environmental consultant. The book references an award from the New Jersey Audubon, for including a nature trail on his golf course in Jersey
  • The group denies it ever gave him, the golf club or any of its employees an award
  • The state of New Jersey later slapped Trump with fines for breaking environmental regulations

11. Millions of illegal votes swung the popular contest for Hillary

Claim made to a meeting of Congressional leaders:

Between three million and five million “illegals” voted in the election, which cost him the popular vote.

This is untrue.

  • Spokesman Sean Spicer said the following day the claim was based on a 2008 Pew report on the number of people incorrectly registered to vote – either because they had moved or died
  • The person who wrote the study said in November that the study found no evidence of voter fraud

Day 6: January 25

 
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12. ‘I won one of the biggest electoral victories ever’

Claim made in an interview with ABC News:

“I had a tremendous victory, one of the great victories ever. In terms of counties I think the most ever, or just about the most ever.”

This is untrue.

  • Trump’s victory, historically speaking, was a slim one. He won by the 46th highest margin, out of 58 elections
  • Generally, a landslide has been considered a win of 370 electoral votes or more. 306 is considered “comfortable”, but not massive
  • If 40,000 people in three states had voted differently, the result would have been reversed

13. The author of the study about electoral fraud “changed his tune”

Claim made during the same interview, regarding the author of the Pew report cited in #11, denying his work was evidence of voter fraud:

“Really? Then why did he write the report? … Excuse me, then why did he write the report? According to Pew report, then he’s — then he’s grovelling again.”

This is untrue.

  • The author of the report has repeatedly and consistently pointed out the findings of the report did not provide evidence of fraud, widespread or otherwise

14. There were 2 gun homicides in Chicago during Barack Obama’s farewell speech

Claim made (but not broadcast) during the same interview:

“When President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech.”

This is untrue.

  • The Chicago Police Department say nobody was shot and killed in the city on January 10, the day Obama gave his farewell speech

15. ‘Healthcare.gov cost $5billion’

Claim made in the same interview, regarding the cost of the Obamacare website:

“Remember the $5billion website?”

This is untrue.

  • Healthcare.gov cost between $1 and $2 billion, according to independent analysis

16. ‘Voter fraud in Chicago and Philadelphia is getting worse’

Claim made in the same interview regarding voter fraud:

“Chicago, look what’s going on in Chicago. It’s only gotten worse…You look at Philadelphia, you look at what’s going on in Philadelphia.”

This is untrue.

  • There is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Chicago or Philadelphia

Day 7: January 26

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17. The murder rate in Philadelpia is increasing

Claim made in a speech to congressional Republicans:

“Here in Philadelphia, the murder rate has been steady — I mean just terribly increasing.”

This is untrue.

  • The murder rate has been steadily and significantly declining in Philadelphia over the last decade
  • It has reduced from 397 in 2007 to 277 in 2016
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reported last year that 2016 had seen fewer violent crimes than any year since 1979

18. ‘The US knows nothing about the refugees we let in’

Claim made in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity:

“We’ve taken in tens of thousands of people. We know nothing about them. They can say they vet them. They didn’t vet them. They have no papers. How can you vet somebody when you don’t know anything about them and you have no papers?”

This is untrue.

  • The process of applying for refugee status in the US is arduous and and can take up to 18 months to complete
  • It involves at least two background checks, extensive interviews with State Department and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and full screening against the FBI, DHS and Defence Department databases
  • Less than 1% of requests for refugee status from the United Nations – the first step in the process – are granted

Day 8: January 27

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19. ‘I was in Scotland the day before Brexit and predicted it’

Claim made during a press conference to mark Theresa May’s visit to the White House:

“I happened to be in Scotland, at Turnberry, cutting a ribbon, when Brexit happened. And we had a vast amount of press there and I said – this was the day before, you probably remember – ‘Brexit is going to happen’ and I was scorned in the press for making that prediction, I was scorned. Lo and behold the following day it happened and the odds weren’t looking good for me when I made that statement because as you remember everyone thought it wasn’t going to happen.”

This is untrue.

  • Donald Trump arrived in Scotland the day after the EU referendum, on June 24th 2016

Day 11: January 30

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20. A Delta Airlines computer outage caused the problems with his travel ban

Claim made in a tweet:

 

This is untrue.

  • The confusion at airports began on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th. Delta’s computer outage did not occur until the evening of Sunday 29th

Day 14: February 2

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21. Iran got £150 billion out of the 2015 nuclear deal

Claim made in a tweet:

 

This is untrue.

  • The total value of assets unfrozen after the signing of the 2015 nuclear deal with the US and five other nations was estimated at between $100 and $125 billion
  • Iran was not ‘ready to collapse’ at the time

22. Obama agreed to take in thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia

Claim made in a tweet:

 

Claim repeated in a meeting with Harley Davidson executives:

“I love Australia as a country, but we had a problem where for whatever reason, President Obama said that they were going to take probably well over 1,000 illegal immigrants who were in prisons, and they were going to bring them and take them into this country. And I just said, ‘Why?’…1,250. It could be 2,000, it could be more than that.”

This is untrue.

  • The agreement was to take in 1,250 (not thousands) refugees (not illegal immigrants) from Australia’s offshore detention camps in the Pacific

23. Kuwait implemented a Muslim ban just like mine

Claim made in a Facebook post:

 

This is untrue.

  • This never happened. The Kuwaiti government denied the claims in the article.

24. The first female CIA second in command

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

  • Gina Haspel, who Trump appointed, is the second female CIA deputy director
  • The first was Avril Haines, appointed by President Obama in 2010

Day 15: February 3

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25. The first phone call with Australian PM was ‘very civil’

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is disputed.

  • A senior Trump official told the Washington Post the phone call had been “hostile and charged” – and that the President ended the call ‘abruptly’.
  • Asked if Trump had hung up on him, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull said: “The call ended courteously. That’s all I want to say about that.”

Day 16: February 4

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26. The New York Times apologised for its election coverage

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

  • The New York Times has not apologised for its election coverage
  • The President is probably referring to a letter to readers in which the Times said they planned to “rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism” in the wake of Trump’s election

27. The Judge halting the Muslim ban means ‘anyone’ can come into the US

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

  • The halting of the Muslim ban did not mean ‘anyone’ can come to the US
  • The immigration and refugee vetting processes for the US are stringent and strict. See claim 18 for details

Day 17: February 5

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28. People have said I was right about voter fraud

Claim made during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly:

“A lot of people have come out and said that I am correct.”

This is untrue.

  • No credible expert has publicly said Trump’s claims about voter fraud in the 2016 election were correct

29. California is out of control – and voted for me

Claim made in the same interview:

“California in many ways is out of control, as you know. Obviously the voters agree, otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me.”

This is untrue.

  • Trump did not specify in what way California is “out of control” – but no analysis of the election has characterised Trump’s victory as a reaction to events in California
  • California voted for Hillary Clinton by 62%

30. I was against the Iraq War from the beginning

Claim made in the same interview:

“I’ve been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.”

This is untrue.

  • Asked in 2002 if he supported the invasion of Iraq, Trump said: “Yeah, I guess so. I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
  • The day after the invasion he said: “It looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint.”

31. The Muslim ban only affected 109 people

Claim made in the same interview:

“I think it was very smooth. We had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travellers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully”

This is untrue.

  • The White House later clarified the 109 figure referred to “the initial group of people that were in transit at the time the executive order was signed”
  • A Trump lawyer admitted in court that 100,000 people had their visas revoked and 721 people were denied boarding at airports

Day 18: February 6

 
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32. Terror attacks in Europe are ‘hardly reported’

Claim made in a speech to US Central Command:

“You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.”

This is untrue.

  • Terror attacks are widely reported in the media
  • The White House produced a list of attacks that were ‘hardly reported’, all of which had been widely reported

33. I saved the US $700m on the F-35 deal

Claim made in the same speech:

“I have already saved more than $700 million when I got involved in the negotiation on the F-35. You know about that.”

This is disputed.

  • Multiple aviation experts have said the negotiations on the price of the aircraft – the result of years of talks between Lockheed and the Pentagon before Trump took office – was always going to result in a drop of around $6-700m

Day 19: February 7

 
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34. It’s taken longer for me to get my cabinet confirmed than any President in history

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

  • The delay in confirming Trump’s cabinet – at this point 19 days – was not the longest in history
  • Barack Obama didn’t have his final cabinet pick, confirmed until April 28, 2009 – a full 99 days after his inauguration

35. US murder rate is at a 47 year high

Claim made in a meeting with the National Sheriffs Association:

“The murder rate in our country’s the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? 47 years? I’d say that in a speech and everybody’s surprised. Because the press doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to their advantage to say that.”

This is untrue.

  • The US murder rate is at one of its all-time lowest points
  • In 2015 there were 4.9 murders and non-negligent homicides per 100,000 people
  • The all time high was in 1980, when there were 10.2 per 100,000

Day 21: February 9

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36. CNN didn’t challenge Senator Richard Blumenthal over claims he misrepresented his military service

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

  • It was the first question in the interview. Perhaps the President tuned in late

37. Thousands of voters were bussed in from Massachusetts to ‘illegally’ vote in New Hampshire

Claim made in a private meeting with senators:Trump claimed “thousands” of people were taken by bus from Massachusetts to neighbouring New Hampshire to “illegally” vote in the election, according to one participant

This is untrue.

  • There is no evidence that this took place

Day 22: February 10

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38. The New York Times falsely reported I had not spoken with President Xi since November 14

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

  • At the time the story was written, Trump had not spoken to the President of China since November 14
  • The story was later updated online to reflect Trump’s phone call with President Xi on February 9
  • But because Trump rarely uses a computer, he was still reading the outdated print edition the following morning

Day 28: February 16

 
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39. I said it was ‘great’ for President Obama to play golf

Claim made in a meeting with members of congress:

“Well, I always said about President Obama, it’s great to play golf, but play golf with heads of countries.”

This is untrue.

  • Donald Trump complained about President Obama playing golf more than ten times on Twitter during his presidency
  • President Trump has visited his Mar A Largo resort 19 times since becoming president, and has played golf at least 13 times
  • President Obama played golf once in his first 100 days

40. Walmart is creating 10,000 jobs in the US because of me

Claim made in press conference:

“Walmart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives.”

This is untrue.

  • While it’s true the figure of 10,000 jobs was first confirmed after Trump took office, they were part of an expansion plan announced in October, before he was elected

41. Hillary Clinton gave Russia 20% of our Uranium

Claim made in the same press conference:

“We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 per cent of the uranium in our country.”

This is untrue.

  • Russia, through a series of investments and purchases of uranium mining firms, now owns around 20% of US uranium extraction capacity.
  • But there is no evidence Clinton was involved in the deals, or intervened to make them happen as part of a bid to reset relations with Russia.
  • The State Department was just one of nine agencies which were involved in approving the deals.
  • The Washington Post has a comprehensive fact check of this claim, which Trump has made repeatedly – they awarded it “four out of four pinnochios”.

42. The news media has a lower approval rating than congress

Claim made in the same press conference:

“I mean, you have a lower approval rate than Congress. I think that’s right.”

This is untrue.

  • The most recent Gallup poll (September 2016) shows 39% of Americans have trust in the media
  • The most recent polls give congress a 29% approval rating

43. Labor Secretary nominee Alex Acosta is a member of the National Labour Relations Board

Claim made in the same press conference:

“He’s a member and has been a member of the National Labour Relations Board”

This is untrue.

  • Alex Acosta served on the National Labor Relations Board from 2002 to 2003

44. I gave press conferences almost every day during the campaign

Claim made in the same press conference:

“Remember, I used to give you a news conference every time I made a speech, which was like every day. OK?”

This is untrue.

  • While Trump did give speeches almost every day on the campaign trail, he gave no press conferences in the final three months before the election

45. I had the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan

Claim made in the same press conference:

“I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.”

This is untrue.

  • Every president since Ronald Reagan, with the exception of George W Bush, won their elections by a greater margin than Donald Trump

Day 30: February 18

 
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46. ‘We did very well with women’

Claim made at a campaign rally in Florida:

“By the way, we did very well with women. You know, my wife said when some of these phoney polls were put out, the CNN poll was so far off, the phoney polls. When some of these, she said, what’s wrong with you and women.”

This is untrue.

  • Exit polls on election day found Hillary Clinton won with women by 54% to 41%
  • The final CNN poll before the election was just 2 points out, putting Trump on 39% among women

47. The US has a $500 billion trade deficit with China and $70 billion with Mexico

Claim made at the same rally:

“With China, we have close to a $500 billion trade deficit.”

And:

“With Mexico, we have $70 billion in deficits, trade deficits, and it’s unsustainable.”

This is untrue.

  • In 2016, the US trade deficit with China was $347 billion
  • $347 billion is not ‘close to’ $500 billion
  • In 2016, the US trade with Mexico was $63 billion

48. The US doesn’t have a trade surplus with any other country

Claim made at the same rally:

“I’m trying to find a country where we actually have a surplus of trade as opposed to — everything is a deficit.”

This is untrue.

  • The US has a trade surplus with, among other countries, the UK, the Netherlands, Brazil, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

49. Look at what’s happening in Sweden!

Claim made at the same rally:

“We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden.”

This is untrue.

  • No security incident happened the previous night in Sweden
  • Trump may have been referring to a heavily contested Fox News package on violence in Sweden, broadcast as a repeat the previous night

Day 36: February 24

 
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50. There were queues stretching six blocks to see my CPAC speech

Claim made during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference:

“By the way, you folks are in here — this place is packed, there are lines that go back six blocks and I tell you that because you won’t read about it, OK. But there are lines that go back six blocks.”

This is untrue

  • Trump’s speech was not open to the public
  • A number of people at the event confirmed there was no queue to speak of outside the hall

51. The Washington Post made up its sources

Claim made during the same speech:

“Because they have no sources, they just make ’em up when there are none. I saw one story recently where they said, ‘Nine people have confirmed.’ There’re no nine people.”

This is untrue.

  • The Washington Post did not make up their sources
  • The story he referred to was about Mike Flynn misleading the Vice President about contact with the Russian Ambassador before the election
  • The story was true, and Trump fired Mike Pence over an issue of “trust”

52. I was endorsed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency

Claim made during the same speech:

“Our Border Patrol, I’ll tell you what they do, they came and endorsed me, ICE came and endorsed me. They never endorsed a presidential candidate before, they might not even be allowed to.”

This is untrue.

  • Trump is right, government agencies aren’t allowed to endorse Presidential candidates
  • ICE did not endorse President Trump, but a union of border patrol employees did

53. Obamacare covers very few people

Claim made during the same speech:

“Obamacare covers very few people”

This is untrue.

  • Obamacare covers around 20 million people who did not have health insurance before it was launched

Day 39: February 27

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54. Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated

Claim made during a meeting of the National Governors Association:

“Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.”

This is untrue.

  • Many people knew healthcare was complicated
  • Donald Trump didn’t know healthcare was complicated

Day 40: February 28

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55. A rancher was fined $37,000 a day for digging a small hole

Claim made signing an Executive Order tearing up parts of Barack Obama’s water pollution regulations:

“In one case in Wyoming, a rancher was fined $37,000 a day by the EPA for digging a small watering hole for his cattle. His land.”

This is untrue.

  • The rancher was fined for constructing a dam on a creek which is a tributary to two major rivers without a permit

56. Water regulations put thousands out of work

Claim made during the same EO signing:

“The EPA’s regulators were putting people out of jobs by the hundreds of thousands”

This is untrue.

  • There is no evidence for this claim

57. The clean water rule regulates puddles

Claim made during the same EO signing:

“But a few years ago, the EPA decided that navigable waters can mean nearly every puddle or every ditch on a farmer’s land or anyplace else that they decide. Right? It was a massive power grab.”

This is untrue.

  • A factsheet on the EPA website confirms , in block capital letters: “THE CLEAN WATER RULE DOES NOT REGULATE PUDDLES”
  • Neither does it regulate most ditches

58. Increase in defence spending is historic

Claim made during an address to the joint session of Congress:

“I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defense sequester, and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.”

This is untrue.

  • According to Politifact , the increase is “quite average.”

Day 44: March 4

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!

59. Obama tapped my phones

Claim made on Twitter:

 

There is no evidence for this.

  • There is no evidence that wiretapping was used in Trump Tower by the CIA, NSA or FBI – with or without orders from President Obama
  • Intelligence community leaders as well as congressmen with access to intelligence say it didn’t happen

Day 47: March 7

 
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60. 122 Guantanamo prisoners released by Obama have returned to the battlefield

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

Day 55: March 15

 
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61. The New York Times finding my tax returns was fake news, and nobody’s heard of the reporter

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

  • The documents revealed by the New York Times were verified as authentic by the Trump administration
  • David Cay Johnston, the reporter who wrote the story, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. To say that “nobody’s heard of him” is untrue.
  • For a start, he wrote a book about Trump and the President has reportedly known him for years

62: The US had an $800 billion trade deficit last year

Claim made during a speech to the American Center for Mobility in Detroit:

“Our trade deficit last year reached nearly $800 billion. Who’s making these deals?”

This is untrue.

  • The 2016 US trade deficit was $502 billion
  • $502 billion is not nearly $800 billion
  • The trade deficit in manufactured goods was around $750 billion, which is nearly $800 billion – but that’s not what he said

63. There would have been loads of job losses in manufacturing if it weren’t for me

Claim made in the same speech:

“Before NAFTA went into effect – by the way, NAFTA, a total disaster — there were 280,000 auto workers in Michigan. Today, that number is roughly 165,000 and would have been heading down big league if I didn’t get elected, I will tell you that right now. That I can tell you. Plenty of things were stopped in their tracks. They were stopped in their tracks. A lot of bad things were going to happen, a lot of places were going to get built that aren’t going to get built right now in other locations.”

This is untrue.

  • According to reporting and analysis by Factcheck.org , there is no evidence that any plans to open overseas plants were cancelled due to Trump’s election
  • He’s also – again – claiming undue credit for decisions made by companies that had nothing to do with him
  • Ford, for example, cancelled plans to open a plant in Mexico not because of Trump, but because demand for the cars to be made there went down

64. My budget has the single biggest increase in military spending in US history

Claim made during a rally in Nashville:

“Our budget calls for one of the single largest increases in defence spending history in this country”

This is untrue.

  • According to the Associated Press: “In just the past 40 years, there have been eight years with larger increases in percentage terms than the one he’s now proposing”

65. I said ‘wiretapping’, not wiretapping

Claim made during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson

“And don’t forget, when I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes. That really covers, because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff. But that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that’s a very important thing.”

This is untrue.

  • While Trump did use quotes for two of his four Tweets about wiretapping, he did not in the other two
  • See #59 for details

Day 57: March 17

 
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66. Half of Tennessee has no health insurer

Claim made at a veterans’ listening session:

“In Tennessee, where I just left, half of the state has no insurance and — no carrier. It’s gone. And they’re going to leave the other half of the state very soon.”

This is untrue.

  • Every part of Tennessee is covered by at least one health insurer operating in the Obamacare marketplace

67. Germany has done well with its trade deals with the US

Claim made during joint press conference with Angela Merkel

“Germany has done very well in its trade deals with the United States, and I give them credit for it.”

This is untrue.

  • Germany has no trade deal with the United States

68. Many countries owe lots of money to NATO

Claim made during the same press conference

“Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years, and it is very unfair to the United States. These nations must pay what they owe.”

This is untrue.

  • Countries don’t ‘owe’ money to NATO
  • They agree to spend 2% of GDP on defence every year.
  • Some countries, including Germany, aren’t spending that much – which makes the US feel like it’s carrying more of the burden of keeping the world safe. But that isn’t the same as owing money to NATO

Day 60: March 20

 
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69. CNN’s election polls were “way off”

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

  • CNN’s final election poll had Hillary Clinton ahead in the popular vote by five points.
  • She won the popular vote by two points

70. The FBI and NSA said Russia didn’t interfere in the election

Claim made on Twitter:

 

This is untrue.

  • FBI Director James Comey, when asked about this tweet, denied it was true, saying the Bureau had “offered no opinion.”

71. Doctors are quitting medicine because of Obamacare

Claim made at a campaign rally in Louisville

“Many of our best and brightest are leaving the medical profession entirely because of Obamacare.”

This is untrue.

  • “We see no significant number exiting related to the Affordable Care Act”, said Dr Atul Grover, executive vice president of the U.S. Association of Medical Colleges

72. I’ve only been here 52 days!

Claim made during the same rally:

“You know, I’ve only been there for, what, 52 days, right? Somebody said to me, when are you starting on NAFTA? I said, wait a minute, I did this, this, this. I knocked out unbelievable numbers of regulations. We’re negotiating much better deals — these terrible deals that were made. I’ve been here like 51 days.”

This is untrue.

  • Trump said this on his 60th day in office

Day 62: March 22

 
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73. I get the biggest crowds, believe me

Claim made during an interview with Time Magazine about the President’s habit of saying things that aren’t true:

“I went to Kentucky two nights ago, we had 25,000 people in a massive Basketball Arena.”

This is untrue.

  • The capacity of the arena is 18,000

74. The claim Ted Cruz’ father had links to the JFK assassination was in a newspaper

Claim made during the same interview:

“But that was in the newspaper. I wasn’t, I didn’t say that. I was referring to a newspaper … I’m just quoting the newspaper.”

This is charitable at best.

  • The ‘newspaper’ Trump refers to is The National Enquirer

75. Nobody knew NATO allies weren’t ponying up until I came along

Claim made during the same interview:

“… and I said that the allies must pay. Nobody knew that they weren’t paying. I did. I figured it.”

This is untrue.

  • The fact that several NATO allies didn’t meet the 2% spending target was widely known
  • President Obama complained to allies about it a number of times

76. NATO doesn’t address terrorism

Claim made during the same interview:

“NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that.”

This is untrue.

  • NATO has addressed counter-terrorism matters for more than 30 years
  • It’s unclear exactly what Trump believes changed in NATO to ‘fix’ it

77. There was a riot in Sweden the day after, and someone died

Claim made during the same interview:

“Sweden. I make the statement, everyone goes crazy. The next day they have a massive riot, and death, and problems”

This is untrue.

  • There was a riot, but it was two days after Trump falsely claimed there had been a terror incident in the country
  • Nobody died in the riot

Day 63: March 23

 
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78. Obamacare put truckers out of business

Claim made at a meeting with representatives of the trucking industry:

“So you know the problems, and it’s put a lot of the trucking businesses out of business, which is pretty tough.”

This is unfounded.

  • There is no evidence to support this claim

Day 64: March 24

 
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79. Charter Communications has just committed to investing $25 billion in the US

Claim made at a ‘jobs announcement’ with the firm

“Today I am thrilled to announce that Charter Communications has just committed to investing $25 billion — with a B, $25 billion — you’re sure that’s right, right? With a B, right — $25 billion here in the United States, and has committed further to hiring 20,000 American workers over the next four years”

This is untrue.

80. I never said I’d repeal and replace Obamacare in the first 61 days

Claim made in an interview with the Washington Post

“I never said I was going to repeal and replace in the first 61 days.”

This is untrue.

  • While he never specified 61 days, he did say repeatedly that Obamacare would be repealed and replaced “immediately” when he took office
  • He had been in office for 64 days when he made this claim

Day 73: April 2

 
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81. There have been ‘many defections’ from the Freedom Caucus (the right wing congressional group that skewered Trump’s healthcare bill)

Claim made during an interview with the Financial Times:

“And if we don’t get the … Freedom Caucus there that would be fine. They’re friends of mine. Many of them have already left, and many of them as you know have already given us their vote.”

This is untrue.

  • There has only been one defection away from the Freedom Caucus under Trump: Ted Poe quit in March

Day 74: April 3

 
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82. People not looking for work are considered ‘statistically employed’

Claim made during a meeting with CEOs:

“One of the statistics that to me is just ridiculous — so the 4.6 (per cent unemployment rate) sounds good, but when you look for a job, you can’t find it and you give up: you are now considered statistically employed. But I don’t consider those people employed.”

This is untrue.

  • People who are not looking for work are not considered part of the Labour force, so they are neither considered employed nor unemployed in official statistics

Day 75: April 4

 
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83: I had the support of everyone in the room at the Builders Trades Unions conference

Claim made during remarks to the Builders Trades Unions conference:

“But I had the support of, I would say, I would say almost everybody in this room.”

This is untrue.

  • There were widespread boos from the audience in response to the Trump’s claim

84. It’s almost impossible for a Republican to win the electoral college

Claim made during the same event:

“Huge disadvantage, Electoral College. It’s very, very tough. They say almost impossible for a Republican to win.”

This is untrue.

  • By definition, every Republican president ever has won the electoral college (With the possible exception of Rutherford B Heyes, but that’s a whole different story)
  • Trump is the fifth Republican to win the electoral college since the modern system of 538 votes was introduced in 1964
  • Since the 1870s, every Republican president but two has won the electoral college by a wider margin than Donald Trump

Day 78: April 7

 
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85: Immigration officers arrested 84 ‘criminal aliens’

Claim made in the President’s weekly address:

“In just the last few days our Nation’s ICE officers have arrested … 84 criminal aliens in the Pacific Northwest.”

This is untrue.

  • Only 60 of the 84 migrants arrested in the Pacific Northwest over that time period had criminal records

Day 82: April 11

 
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86: I didn’t know Steve Bannon until late in my campaign

Claim made during an interview with the New York Post:

“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve.”

This is untrue.

  • While Bannon didn’t join the Trump campaign until 2016, the pair certainly knew each other before that time
  • According to the Associated Press, Trump was introduced to Bannon in 2011, and was interviewed for Breitbart by Bannon at least nine times during 2015 and 2016.

87: Toyota are investing $1.3 billion in new jobs because of me

Claim made during a meeting of CEOs:

“And yesterday, Toyota just announced that it will invest more than $1.3 billion — it’s probably going to be $1.9 billion — into its Georgetown, Ky., plant, an investment that would not have been made if we didn’t win the election”

This is untrue.

  • Toyota told Factcheck.org the investment had been planned for several years and predated Trump’s presidency

88. Congressman Ron Estes won Kansas race despite ‘heavy spending’ and predicted win for Democrats

Claim made on Twitter:

This is untrue.

  • Republicans outspent Democrats in the race, a special election to replace CIA director Mike Pompeo
  • Democrats did not predict victory over Estes

Day 83: April 12

 
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89. Korea used to be part of China

Claim made during an interview with the Wall Street Journal:

“And Korea actually used to be a part of China.”

This is untrue.

  • Korea has never been part of China

90. The battle to retake Mosul was supposed to last a week

Claim made during the an interview with Fox Business Network:

“Look, they’re still fighting. Mosul was supposed to last for a week and now they’ve been fighting it for many months and so many more people died.”

This is untrue.

  • Military officials never predicted the offensive would be complete within a week

91. Many Democrats think my healthcare plan is ‘incredible’

Claim made during the same interview:

“Well, as an example, on health care, I won’t get one Democrat vote, even though many of them think it’s an incredible plan.”

This is unfounded.

  • There is no evidence to suggest any democrats think Trump’s healthcare plan is ‘incredible’

92. I was right to say Susan Rice had committed a crime

Claim made during the same interview:

“When you look at Susan Rice and what’s going on, and so many people are coming up to me and apologizing now. They’re saying you know, you were right when you said that. Perhaps I didn’t know how right I was, because nobody knew the extent of it.”

This is untrue.

  • This relates to right-wing criticism of Rice, Obama’s National Security Advisor, ‘unmasking’ the identities of certain people who were mentioned anonymously in intelligence documents
  • ‘Unmasking’ is performed frequently and entirely legitimately by White House staff during their day to day jobs
  • There is no suggestion Rice did anything wrong or illegal

Day 88: April 17

 
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93. Democrat John Ossoff wants to allow illegal immigration and raise taxes

Claim made on Twitter:

The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!
21,951 replies 19,520 retweets 61,595 likes

This is unfounded.

  • There is no evidence John Ossoff wants to do either of these things

Day 94: April 23

 
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94. I got 5.2 million viewers for my appearance on Face the Nation

Claim made in an interview with the AP:

“(CBS Face the Nation host John) Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It’s the highest for Face the Nation or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation.’ It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down.”

This is untrue.

  • Trump’s interview on Face the Nation attracted 4.6 million viewers, not 5.2 million

95. I got 9.2 million viewers for my appearance on Fox News Sunday

Claim made during the same interview:

“I have, seem to get very high ratings. I definitely. You know Chris Wallace had 9.2 million people, it’s the highest in the history of the show. I have all the ratings for all those morning shows. When I go, they go double, triple. Chris Wallace, look back during the Army-Navy football game, I did his show that morning. It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had.”

This is untrue.

  • The appearance drew 2.3 million viewers
  • It was the second highest rated show in the programme’s history, not the highest

96. Neil Gorsuch graduated top of his class at Harvard

Claim made during the same interview:

“I mean, here’s a judge who is No. 1 at Columbia, No. 1 at Harvard and an Oxford scholar.”

This is untrue.

  • Gorsuch was not at the top of his class at Harvard. He wasn’t even in the top 10%

97. Hillary Clinton spent $2.2 Billion on her election campaign

Claim made during the same interview:

“So she had this massive advantage, she spent hundreds of millions of dollars more money than I spent. Hundreds of millions … Yeah. Or more, actually because we were $375 (million) she was at $2.2 billion. But whatever.”

This is untrue.

  • It’s true Clinton outspent Trump, but by nowhere near that margin. Worryingly he doesn’t even get his own spending figures anywhere near right here
  • Clinton spent $969 million – or around $1.2 billion if you include spending by pro-Clinton Super PACs (Political Action Committees – semi independent campaign groups who can spend on elections with less scrutiny)
  • Trump spent $531 million – or around $600 million with Super PAC money

98. I had never heard of Wikileaks before the DNC hack emails came out

Claim made during the same interview:

“When WikiLeaks came out … never heard of WikiLeaks, never heard of it.”

This is untrue.

  • Trump repeatedly spoke positively about Wikileaks during his campaign – even going as far as to say: “I love Wikileaks.
  • Neither is it true that he had never heard of Wikileaks ahead of the DNC hack. In 2010, he called for Wikileaks to be given the “death penalty” after leaking secret US military documents.

99. The Mexico border wall is not going to be that expensive – it’ll cost $10 billion or less

Claim made during the same interview:

“Well, first of all, the wall will cost much less than the numbers I’m seeing. I’m seeing numbers, I mean, this wall is not going to be that expensive…I’ll do it for $10 billion or less”

This is exceptionally unlikely to be true.

  • An internal report from the Department of Homeland Security suggests the actual cost could be more than $20 billion.

100. The dairy farmers dispute was due to farmers getting ‘killed by NAFTA’

Claim made in the same interview – referring to a row with Canada over milk:

“You saw what happened yesterday in my statements, because if you look at the dairy farmers in Wisconsin and upstate New York, they are getting killed by NAFTA”

This is untrue.

  • Canadian milk is not included in the NAFTA treaty

101. In 1949 there was no such thing as terrorism

Claim made in the same interview:

“You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism.”

It’s hard to know where to begin.

  • Mr President. Allow me to introduce you to my good friend Archduke Franz Ferdinand

102. I have done more in the first 100 days than any other president

Claim made in the same interview:

“I’ve done more than any other president in the first 100 days.”

And on his 100-day Contract with the American Voter:

“Well, I’m mostly there on most items.”

This is untrue.

  • In his first 100 days, Donald Trump has delivered on 10 of the 38 promises in his ‘contract’
  • The promises he has kept were mainly accomplished with executive orders
  • He has passed no legislation despite promising to pass 10 specific laws
  • In Franklin D Roosevelt’s first 100 days, he signed 15 major laws, rescued the banking system, abolished prohibition, regulated Wall Street for the first time, set up the Civilian Conservation Corps which immediately gave jobs to 250,000 Americans – later closer to 3 million.

Day 99: April 28

 
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103. There has been an ‘eight-year assault’ on second amendment freedoms under Obama

Claim made in a speech to the National Rifle Association:

“The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end”

This is untrue.

  • In his first term, Obama neither called for nor signed any major restrictions on guns or gun owners
  • He did however sign laws that allowed gun owners to carry weapons in national parks and on Amtrak trains
  • In his second term he used an executive action to properly enforce and improve the databases used for existing background checks for gun purchases
  • Obama did call for more restrictions on the sale of assault weapons, and for more regulation of sales of firearms at gun shows
  • Both Ronald Reagan and George W Bush supported closing ‘gun show loopholes’ and banning assault weapons
  • So if there has been an “assault on second amendment freedoms”, as Trump claims, it has been ongoing for 37 years, not eight.
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