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Donald Trump - Donald Trump in Florida laments 'what's happening last night in Sweden.' But nothing happened

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The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump in Florida laments 'what's happening last night in Sweden.' But nothing happened

Defending his immigrant travel ban at a Feb. 18 campaign rally, President Donald Trump referred to several places that have taken in a large number of refugees and have recently been attacked. Trump mentioned well-documented terrorist attacks in Europe alongside an apparently sinister occurrence we had not heard about — in Sweden. "We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening. 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," Trump said at the Melbourne, Fla., event. "Sweden? Who would believe ...

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Robert Menendez - Sen. Bob Menendez says immigration raids 'not business as usual'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 13:41
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Sen. Bob Menendez says immigration raids 'not business as usual'

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez says recent sweeps by federal authorities of immigrants living in the country illegally are "striking fear" in immigrant communities because they have not been limited to criminals, a category President Donald Trump labeled as his top priority. "The raids are not business as usual. The raids are being done indiscriminately. They’re not focused simply on criminal aliens," the senator from New Jersey said in a video posted on his Twitter account Feb. 13. "And because the administration eliminated the Obama administration’s enforcement priorities — where the first and top enforcement were criminal aliens to be ...

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Donald Trump - Trump hints stock market record high linked to optimism about his presidency

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:12
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Trump hints stock market record high linked to optimism about his presidency

As he lauded his first month in office, President Donald Trump reaffirmed his promise to create jobs by citing the progress of the stock market as signaling a promising business environment. "The stock market has hit record numbers, as you know. And there has been a tremendous surge of optimism in the business world," Trump said in a press conference Feb. 16. "To me means something much different than it used to. It used to mean, ‘Oh, that's good.’ Now it means, ‘That's good for jobs.’ Very different." Trump had sent a similar message earlier in the day, tweeting: ...

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Donald Trump - Is news media less trusted than Congress?

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 14:20
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Is news media less trusted than Congress?

In a wide-ranging news conference, President Donald Trump said a few nice things about the media and quite a few not-so-nice things. While he acknowledged that there are good reporters, his opening salvo was strongly critical. "The press has become so dishonest that if we don't talk about (it), we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people," Trump said. "Tremendous disservice. We have to talk to find out what's going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control." Later, Trump compared the media with Congress. "You have a lower ...

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Donald Trump - Trump's flip-flop on leaks and the release of secret information

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 14:08
The Truth-o-Meter says: Full Flop | Trump's flip-flop on leaks and the release of secret information

"Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks!" -- Nov. 4, 2016 "The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers!" -- Feb. 16, 2017 During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump couldn’t get enough of the private emails of senior Democrats released by WikiLeaks. "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks!" Trump said on Nov. 4 at a rally in Wilmington, Ohio. He also touted the fruits of WikiLeaks disclosures on Oct. 31 in Warren, Mich., on Nov. 2 in Orlando and Pensacola, Fla., and Nov. 6 in Sioux City, Iowa. Trump even called on Russia to locate and ...

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Benjamin Netanyahu - Benjamin Netanyahu largely correct on Iranian missiles with Hebrew-language threats

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 16:06
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Benjamin Netanyahu largely correct on Iranian missiles with Hebrew-language threats

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the danger to his country from Iranian ballistic missiles in his first joint news conference with President Donald Trump. Israel has been firmly opposed to the United States-Iran nuclear agreement even before it was signed during the Obama administration. Trump was often critical of the deal on the campaign trail. Two weeks before the Feb. 15 news conference, Iran tested a medium-range ballistic missile that could theoretically reach Israel, as well as many other targets in the region. The Trump administration considers Iran’s Jan. 29 test to be against the terms of ...

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Bernie Sanders - West Virginia uninsured rate has declined, though not as fast as Bernie Sanders said

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 15:05
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | West Virginia uninsured rate has declined, though not as fast as Bernie Sanders said

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., had been planning to have a town hall with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and residents of McDowell County, W.Va., on Feb. 13, 2017, until the West Virginia National Guard told them they could not use a local armory for the event. Sanders instead appeared on Hayes’ show by satellite from the U.S. Capitol, still tailoring his comments to West Virginia. Sanders: "And one of the ironies, Chris, is that one of the states that has benefited the most from Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, is West Virginia." Hayes: "Yes." Sanders: "Before the Affordable ...

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Stephen Miller - Did court find no indication of terrorism from seven nations in Trump order?

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:16
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Did court find no indication of terrorism from seven nations in Trump order?

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller took aim at court rulings temporarily halting the implementation of the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration. Several states have sued the Trump administration over its executive order that temporarily blocks immigration and travel from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa. A federal trial court judge in Seattle ruled on Feb. 3 that the federal government could not enforce the executive order while the case is pending. So lawyers for the administration appealed that decision to the 9th Circuit, which hears cases from ...

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Tom Cotton - Arkansas senator says of 1 million green cards issued, few are employment-based

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:28
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Arkansas senator says of 1 million green cards issued, few are employment-based

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton favors a new legal immigration system that’s less focused on extended family reunification and more aligned with bringing in skilled workers. Cotton, of Arkansas, contended on Fox News that of 1 million green cards issued annually, very few are employment-based. "Right now we have a legal immigration system that is not working for American workers. Blue-collar workers, people who work with their hands, on their feet, have seen their wages stagnate for decades," Cotton said Feb. 7 on Fox News. "At the same time, we’ve seen record levels of immigration in recent decades. A million green ...

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Ron Johnson - Border fence in Israel cut illegal immigration by 99 percent, GOP senator says

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:53
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Border fence in Israel cut illegal immigration by 99 percent, GOP senator says

Need an example of a border wall that works? Look to Israel, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., echoed the idea during a Feb. 3 CNN interview, claiming that a border fence in Israel has drastically cut illegal immigration along its southern border. "Israel ... had a real problem with illegal immigrants coming in from the southern border, about 16,000 in one year. In two years, they constructed 143-mile fence, about $2.9 million per mile, and it cut that illegal immigration rate from about 16,000 to I think 18. Cut it by 99 percent," ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump says refugee admissions surged from 7 countries during suspension of executive order

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 15:09
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Donald Trump says refugee admissions surged from 7 countries during suspension of executive order

President Donald Trump said refugees from dangerous locations have flooded the United States ever since a federal judge halted his executive order. "72% of refugees admitted into U.S. (2/3 -2/11) during COURT BREAKDOWN are from 7 countries: SYRIA, IRAQ, SOMALIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA & YEMEN," Trump said on Twitter Feb. 12. See Figure 2 on PolitiFact.com Trump has a point that almost three-quarters of refugees entering the United States in that period are from countries targeted in his immigration ban. This might be explained by the turbulent situations that drive refugees from their homes and the on-again, off-again travel ban ...

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Stephen Miller - White House senior adviser repeats baseless claim about busing illegal voters in New Hampshire

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 13:37
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | White House senior adviser repeats baseless claim about busing illegal voters in New Hampshire

President Donald Trump won the election but he lost New Hampshire, a fact he has tried to explain by arguing that liberal voters from Massachusetts crossed into New Hampshire to cast their vote against him. Trump floated the alleged Massachusetts-to-New Hampshire busing activity earlier in the week in a private meeting with 10 senators about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, according to media reports. Trump and former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who is helping Gorsuch through the confirmation process, both lost their races in the Granite State to Democrats. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos repeatedly pressed Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller for ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrongly says CNN cut off Bernie Sanders for calling network 'fake news'

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 09:14
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump wrongly says CNN cut off Bernie Sanders for calling network 'fake news'

President Donald Trump has repeatedly labeled CNN as "fake news," but is it true that Sen. Bernie Sanders agrees with him? That was the message from Trump in an early-morning Twitter take. "While on FAKE NEWS @CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network," Trump tweeted Feb. 12. "They said technical difficulties." See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Trump is referring to CNN’s Erin Burnett’s interview with Sanders, I-Vt., on Feb. 10, a few days before his tweet. Trump’s tweet, however, mischaracterized the reality of the Sanders-Burnett exchange. His tweet echoes ...

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Bernie Sanders - Sanders said Obama's SCOTUS nominees 'required' 60 votes, but it's more complicated

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 15:44
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Sanders said Obama's SCOTUS nominees 'required' 60 votes, but it's more complicated

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Supreme Court should follow the same confirmation process as the nominees of former President Barack Obama. In a Feb. 5 interview on CNN’s State of the Union, CNN host Jake Tapper asked if he would join an effort to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination. "Look, Obama’s nominations required 60 votes," Sanders said. He continued, "Obama had to get 60 votes, that’s the rules of the United States. And if 60 people vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch, he will become the next nominee. That is the process, those are the rules that ...

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Donald Trump - Trump wrong on Sen. Blumenthal's CNN interview and Vietnam

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:49
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Trump wrong on Sen. Blumenthal's CNN interview and Vietnam

President Donald Trump lashed out at CNN New Day anchor Chris Cuomo for failing to get tough with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D- Conn. Cuomo had interviewed Blumenthal after the senator made headlines by saying that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had told him he was "disheartened" by the president’s dismissive comments about federal judges. Blumenthal drew Trump’s wrath first. The president tweeted, "Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?" Cuomo’s turn came next. After he spoke with Blumenthal, Trump tweeted on Feb. 9, ...

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Jeanne Shaheen - Senate Republicans did not use Rule 19 when Ted Cruz attacked Mitch McConnell

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:56
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Senate Republicans did not use Rule 19 when Ted Cruz attacked Mitch McConnell

Senate Democrats attacked their GOP colleagues for using a procedural regulation to shut down Elizabeth Warren’s criticism of a fellow senator, but not when Texas Republican Ted Cruz did the same thing two years ago. During a Feb. 8 CNN interview, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., excoriated Republicans for invoking Rule 19 the day before to force Warren to stop her floor speech against Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general. Warren, D-Mass., had been reading a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King that protested Sessions’ failed appointment as a federal judge in Alabama. ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong that murder rate is highest in 47 years

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:31
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump wrong that murder rate is highest in 47 years

One of President Donald Trump’s biggest campaign themes was that the United States is experiencing a crime plague of historical proportions. On Feb. 7, the newly elected chief executive invited a group of county sheriffs to the White House -- and proceeded to cite a startling crime statistic. "The murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right?" Trump said. "Did you know that? Forty-seven years. I used to use that -- I’d say that in a speech and everybody was surprised, because the press doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong to say Kuwait followed his lead on visa ban

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:43
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump wrong to say Kuwait followed his lead on visa ban

President Donald Trump's favorite social media tool is Twitter. But Trump turned to Facebook recently to defend his executive order on visas and travel from seven countries. Trump’s Facebook post seemed to rally supporters around the wisdom of his executive order, which suspended entry for most foreign travelers from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days. He commented, "Smart! 'Kuwait issues its own Trump-esque visa ban for five Muslim-majority countries.’ " The post linked to an article published on the English-language version of the Arabic-language website Al Bawaba on Feb. 1 that featured the headline ...

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Seth Moulton - No proof ISIS leaders using Donald Trump's travel ban for recruitment

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:10
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | No proof ISIS leaders using Donald Trump's travel ban for recruitment

A Democratic congressman called out President Donald Trump’s travel ban from seven majority-Muslim countries as counterproductive in the fight against terrorism. ISIS has already used the executive order in its recruitment propaganda, said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. In a Jan. 31 CNN interview, Moulton disagreed with Trump’s misleading comparison of his executive order to actions taken by President Barack Obama’s administration on Iraqi refugees in 2011. "Improvements to the vetting process are something that you'll find bipartisan support for here in Congress. What Trump has done in contrast is just put this blanket ban that will be used ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong that media is not reporting on terrorism any more

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 15:52
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump wrong that media is not reporting on terrorism any more

During a visit to U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, President Donald Trump took a shot at one of his favorite targets -- the media. This time, he blamed the media for letting Islamic terrorists get away with attacks without covering them. "Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando, to San Bernardino and all across Europe," Trump said. "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, ...

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