President Donald Trump told National Rifle Association members that 100 days in, he’s already fulfilled a major promise he made to them on the campaign trail: nominating a conservative justice to the Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia. In fact, he said he’s the first president since 1881 to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in his first 100 days. "I kept my promise, and now with your help, our brand new justice — and he is really something very special — Neil Gorsuch sits on the bench of the United States Supreme Court," Trump said at the ...>> More
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took aim at President Donald Trump’s tax proposal by making it personal -- how much the president would stand to gain from passage of his own tax proposal. "The ‘tax plan’ rolled out by @realDonaldTrump would have cut his taxes by $30 million in 2005 (the only year we have returns for)," Pelosi tweeted. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Is this accurate? To the extent we know anything about Trump’s personal tax situation, experts said she is basically correct. What we know about Trump’s taxes Trump is the first presidential candidate, and ...>> More
President Donald Trump has been consistent in criticizing NAFTA -- the North American Free Trade Agreement -- as being a bad deal for America. But not everyone in his own party agrees. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has delivered a series of strong statements in support of the trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada. In a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Flake said NAFTA’s economic benefits can’t be ignored, adding that in 2016 Arizona’s trade with Mexico exceeded $15 billion. "Trade deals like NAFTA make inputs for U.S. manufacturing cheaper than they would otherwise be," ...>> More
In an early-morning tweet, President Donald Trump took a not-so-veiled shot at his predecessor’s economic record. "The U.S. recorded its slowest economic growth in five years (2016). GDP up only 1.6%. Trade deficits hurt the economy very badly," Trump tweeted on April 26, 2017: See Figure 3 on PolitiFact.com We’ll look at the gross domestic product number first, then look at whether there is any linkage between a large trade deficit and weak economic growth. Slow GDP growth To check the growth in gross domestic product, we turned to the official data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic ...>> More
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, arguing that Americans have more than enough information about the president's financial matters. During an April 26 press conference to outline Trump's tax plan, a reporter asked Mnuchin if Trump will release his tax returns. "The president has no intention," Mnuchin replied. "The president has released plenty of information and, I think, has given more financial disclosure than anybody else. I think the American population has plenty of information." We’ve heard claims like this before. But as we concluded in ...>> More
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is optimistic that funds for President Donald Trump’s border wall will come through. One way could be with savings from money that’s inappropriately going to immigrants, he said. Sessions talked about paying for the wall on ABC’s This Week after host George Stephanopoulos asked if Mexico would pay for the wall, as Trump has promised. "Well, we're going to get paid for it one way or the other. I know there's $4 billion a year in excess payments, according to the Department of the Treasury's own inspector general several years ago, that are going to ...>> More
Counting the number of laws he’s signed, President Donald Trump has been more productive in his first 100 days than any president since Harry Truman, according to press secretary Sean Spicer. "Despite the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats, he's worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any president since Truman, and these bills deliver on some of his most significant promises to the American people," Spicer said at the White House daily press briefing April 25. This is a new assessment of Trump’s output so far from the White House; Trump previously, wrongly, ...>> More
On April 25, the White House launched a web page to promote President Donald Trump’s achievements in his first 100 days. Featured prominently near the top was a graphic that touted job gains on Trump’s watch. The graphic said, "Over 500,000 new jobs -- with a surge in female employment last month." Is that accurate? Not exactly. 'Over 500,000 new jobs' The number of new jobs does exceed 500,000 if you include the monthly job reports from January, February, and March -- the most recent three months for which data has been released. The ...>> More
President Donald Trump, upset by a district judge’s decision to temporarily block one of his immigration orders, went on Twitter to criticize the court. "First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings. See you in the Supreme Court! See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the ‘ban’ case and now the ‘sanctuary’ case is brought in ... See Figure 2 on PolitiFact.com ...the Ninth Circuit, which has a terrible record of being overturned ...>> More
Center for American Progress - Is Trump's Cabinet more white and male than any first cabinet since Reagan?
As President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office come to a close, many people are using the marker as an opportunity to recap Trump’s efforts. While Trump himself views his first chapter as a success, other groups see it differently. The Center for American Progress, a progressive policy advocacy group, took to Twitter on April 25 to air its list of grievances with Trump’s administration. The thread comprised of approximately 100 tweets, with each tweet representing one way that the Trump administration has harmed women and families. See Figure 2 on PolitiFact.com Most tweets criticized Trump’s policies, but ...>> More
Correction: This report originally misquoted Trump’s comments based on reporting at the event as saying, "The single largest expense in American households is child care." According to video of the event, Trump said, "The single largest expense in over half of American households is child care." We have corrected the fact-check as such and changed the the rating from False to Mostly False. At a meeting in Berlin focused on empowering women entrepreneurs, first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump said her father stood completely behind women in the workplace. "He's been a tremendous champion of supporting families ...>> More
President Donald Trump has needled NATO, the 68-year-old military alliance, as an anachronistic vestige of the Cold War with a low-energy approach to fighting terrorism. "Back when they did NATO, there was no such thing as terrorism," Trump said in a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press which published an interview transcript April 24. We previously rated False Trump’s suggestion that he’d caused NATO to take a sharper focus on terrorism. This claim is a bit different, but it’s still problematic. We found that while Trump’s claim isn’t literally true, it implies important questions about how NATO has ...>> More
President Donald Trump hasn’t been decisive on whether he’d sign a spending bill that did not include funding for his promised border wall. But he raised a related topic in an interview with the Associated Press: declining illegal immigration. "People want the border wall … They want to see the wall, they want to see security. Now, it just came out that they're 73 percent down. ... That's a tremendous achievement. ... Look at this, in 100 days, that down to the lowest in 17 years and it's going lower," Trump said in the April 21 interview, which we ...>> More
As he neared the end of his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump touted his first three months as a rousing success. "No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days," Trump told an audience in Kenosha, Wis. That’s a pretty high bar, especially for an administration that has registered historically low levels of support in public-approval polls for presidents this early in their terms. The White House didn’t respond to an inquiry for this article, but when asked about some of the president’s 100-day accomplishments during the April 19 press briefing, White House press ...>> More
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said he doesn’t understand Democratic opposition to funding the border wall because top Democrats voted for it just over 10 years ago. During an April 23 segment on Fox News Sunday, Mulvaney talked down concerns about a government shutdown, but scolded Democrats for obstructing action on Trump’s border wall. Mulvaney pointed to the voting record of top Democrats in 2006 to explain his confusion. "We want our priorities funded and one of the biggest priorities during the campaign was border security, keeping Americans safe, and part of that was a border wall," he said. ...>> More
Howard Dean - Howard Dean's wrong tweet that the Constitution doesn't protect 'hate speech'
The Constitution doesn’t protect "hate speech," said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, chiming into the debate over conservative pundit Ann Coulter’s upcoming event at the University of California, Berkeley. In February, Berkeley administrators had to cancel a speech by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after protesters set fires and threw objects at buildings. So after Berkeley College Republicans invited Coulter to speak on campus, administrators decided to postpone the event because they couldn’t make the necessary security preparations by the event date, April 27. As of April 21, Berkeley has invited Coulter to speak May 2 instead of ...>> More
Jackie Speier - Did Trump really mention WikiLeaks over 160 times in the last month of the election cycle?
President Donald Trump reveled in WikiLeaks’ disclosures against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the closing argument of his presidential campaign. His CIA director, Mike Pompeo, revealed a different attitude in a tough April 13 speech which addressed the anonymous hacking website. The group "walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service," Pompeo said. U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., was one of many voices who noticed the administration’s hardened view toward WikiLeaks. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed Speier, a member of the House intelligence committee, on April 13 about Pompeo’s characterization of WikiLeaks. How much did ...>> More
More than perhaps any member of Congress, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has discussed the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump. So it was a bit of a surprise to hear her say she has "not called for impeachment" of Trump during a recent interview on MSNBC. Here’s the backstory. On the morning of April 18, 2017, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., tweeted, "The President is a liar, his actions are contemptible, & I'm going to fight everyday until he's impeached." See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Later that day, when Waters sat for an interview with MSNBC’s Craig ...>> More
North Korea’s nuclear weapons program might be a looming security threat for the United States and its allies, but it has also provided a point of common interest for America and China. In an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump praised China for working to help with the North Korea problem and he specifically noted that China has begun to reject coal shipments from North Korea, denying it a key source of revenue. "Nobody has ever seen it like that," Trump said April 17. "Nobody has ever seen such a positive response on our behalf from China." There’s ...>> More
In his first 13 weeks as president, Donald Trump spent more than half of his weekends away from the White House. Trump’s frequent visits to his Palm Beach, Fla., club inspired a liberal political nonprofit to create a website with a catchy URL: IsTrumpAtMarALago.org. The website, built by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, allows users to compare the steep cost of Trump’s trips to the cost of providing various public services, like school lunches. The fine print appears, at first blush, to back up the eye-popping amount. "A trip to Mar-a-Lago costs taxpayers approximately $3.6 million, ...>> More