WASHINGTON — President Trump, in an impromptu interview on Thursday with The New York Occasions, rattled off not less than 10 false or deceptive claims concerning the Russia investigation, wars overseas, well being care, immigration and commerce. Right here’s an evaluation.
He inaccurately stated the claims towards Paul Manafort occurred “a few years in the past earlier than I ever heard of him.”
The 2 males reportedly met in 2011. Paul Manafort joined the Trump marketing campaign in March 2016, was promoted to marketing campaign chairman and chief strategist that Might and was ousted that August.
Mr. Manafort is accused of serving as an unregistered agent of Ukraine from not less than 2006 to 2015, laundering funds from 2006 to 2016 and making false statements to investigators from Nov. 23, 2016, to Feb. 10, 2017.
He misrepresented what a senator has stated concerning the Russia investigation.
In response to Mr. Trump, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, appeared “on tv saying there isn’t a collusion” between his marketing campaign and Russia within the 2016 election. Ms. Feinstein has stated she has not but seen proof of collusion, not that the proof reveals no collusion.
“It’s an open query as a result of there’s no proof but that it’s occurred, and I believe that proof will probably include Mr. Mueller’s investigation,” she stated in an interview in October with CBS, referring to the particular counsel overseeing the inquiry.
He falsely claimed the Democrats “made the Russian story up as a hoax, as a ruse, as an excuse for shedding an election.”
The US authorities sounded the alarms lengthy earlier than Mr. Trump was elected. Publicly, in October 2016, the Obama administration formally accused the Russian authorities of interfering within the election. Privately, at a Group of 20 assembly in September 2016 in China, President Barack Obama advised President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to “reduce it out.” And John O. Brennan, the previous C.I.A. director, stated he additionally warned his Russian counterpart in a telephone name that August.
He claimed to have “saved coal,” opposite to traits reported by the federal government.
The variety of coal mining jobs fell to about 48,600 in September 2016 from virtually 90,000 in January 2012. Below Mr. Trump, employment within the sector made modest positive aspects till this September — when job numbers reached about 51,700 — however it has since declined.
Coal manufacturing, too, elevated within the first quarter of 2017, however declined within the second quarter. The Vitality Info Administration, in its newest evaluation of the coal sector, estimated “decrease exports and no development in coal consumption” in 2018.
He overstated his affect on the particular Senate election in Alabama.
Mr. Trump claimed that he introduced Luther Unusual, the Republican appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Classes, now the legal professional basic, “up by 20 factors” throughout the Republican main race for the particular Senate election in Alabama. However that assertion is just not supported by the information.
Earlier than Mr. Trump endorsed Mr. Unusual for the August vote, Mr. Unusual positioned second behind Roy S. Moore by two and eight factors in two polls, and led the sphere by two factors in one other. He was not in “fifth” among the many candidates within the Republican main race, as Mr. Trump stated. Through the subsequent runoff election in September, Mr. Unusual trailed Mr. Moore by a median of 11 factors in polls and finally misplaced by 9.2 proportion factors.
“We will concretely say that Donald Trump’s endorsement, and lively campaigning for Sen. Unusual, had completely no influence on the poll,” Firehouse Methods, a Republican polling agency, wrote after the runoff.
He gave a untimely estimate of the price of the wars within the Center East.
The $7 trillion value, “as of a couple of month in the past,” that Mr. Trump cited seems to consult with an evaluation from Brown College that tallies warfare appropriations, will increase within the Pentagon’s warfare finances, veterans’ care, will increase in spending on the Division of Homeland Safety and curiosity funds. Researchers at Brown estimated in September that warfare spending had reached $four.eight trillion and will complete $7.9 trillion by 2053.
He falsely claimed to have “primarily gutted and ended Obamacare.”
As a part of the tax legislation, Republicans repealed the Reasonably priced Care Act’s so-called particular person mandate that required that most individuals have medical insurance, however that doesn’t quantity to a full repeal of the present well being care legislation.
The mandate is, certainly, a core part of the Reasonably priced Care Act. However different very important elements of the present legislation — the growth of Medicaid eligibility, guidelines stipulating insurance coverage insurance policies cowl important well being advantages and new taxes to pay for the price of backed protection — stay intact.
With no proof, he accused different international locations of sending their “worst folks” by way of the variety visa lottery.
Mr. Trump appropriately famous that the person accused of killing eight folks in a terrorist assault in October in New York entered america from Uzbekistan by way of the variety immigration visa program. However he was incorrect to attract the sweeping conclusion that different international locations use this system to expel the “dangerous, worse” members of their societies.
Overseas authorities don’t choose entrants, however slightly thousands and thousands of people enter the lottery of their very own volition. A pc chooses winners at random and, earlier than receiving a visa, these chosen should bear a screening course of that bars criminals and the indigent.
Immigrants who’ve been admitted by way of this system have increased charges of employment and of discovering work in skilled or managerial occupations than most different immigrants.
He exaggerated the commerce deficit with different international locations.
The figures that Mr. Trump listed account just for america’ commerce in items and don’t embrace commerce in providers. In 2016, america’ commerce steadiness amounted to a $309 billion deficit with China (not $350 billion); a $63 billion deficit with Mexico (not $71 billion); and a $7.7 billion commerce surplus with Canada (not a deficit of $17 billion).
In Mr. Trump’s telling, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada disputed the president’s estimate of a $17 billion deficit once they mentioned the problem behind closed doorways, however he excluded oil and lumber to assert a steadiness. The commerce steadiness information does, in truth, embrace oil and lumber.
He exaggerated the variety of followers he has on social media.
Mr. Trump, who started the 12 months by falsely claiming the most important inaugural crowd ever, ended it by enjoying up the extent of his assist on social media. As of Friday, Mr. Trump has 45.four million followers on Twitter, 24.2 million on Fb and eight.1 million on Instagram, for a complete of 77.7 million, lower than half of the 158 million he claimed. (The White Home’s accounts on those self same platforms would convey him as much as 106 million.)