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Donald Trump has made 1,628 false or misleading claims since becoming President

That's an average of almost 6 claims per day

Mythili Sampathkumar
New York
Wednesday 15 November 2017 01:27 GMT
US President Donald Trump has made over 1,600 false or misleading claims during his presidency according to fact-checkers
US President Donald Trump has made over 1,600 false or misleading claims during his presidency according to fact-checkers (AP)

As of today, US President Donald Trump has made 1,628 false or misleading statements during his 298 days in office - that’s an average of 5.5 claims a day.

As part of the Washington Post’s year-long project tracking Mr Trump’s claims, fact-checkers found that in the last 35 days he has averaged closer to nine claims a day.

Mr Trump, fond of repeated tweets, has parroted the same 50 false or misleading claims three or more times.

His most prolific false claim is about the Affordable Care Act - or Obamacare.

He has said that Obamacare is “essentially dead” or some variation of that claim, 60 times.

Despite the administration’s efforts to stymie outreach and promotion of the 2018 enrollment period for Obamacare, more than 200,000 Americans signed up on 1 November - double the number of people that enrolled the same day in 2016.

Visitors to also reached a record one million visitors that day.

Fifty-five times the President has taken credit, falsely, for creating jobs or business investment in the US that began during the previous administration.

Chris Murphy we are concerned that Trump is 'so unstable and volatile'

One such claim was that ExxonMobil - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s former company - had created “35,000 construction jobs and 12,000 full-time jobs” due to the Trump presidency.

The investment in those petrochemical projects actually began in 2013.

However, with the current push in Congress for a tax reform bill that has made up a good portion of his most recent false or misleading claims.

Mr Trump said the US is the highest-taxed country in the world 31 times.

That distinction actually goes to Denmark in terms of proportion to gross domestic product, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

He also claimed the US has the highest corporate tax rate in the world 19 times. This is “misleading,” according to fact checkers.

There is a difference between the tax rate of 35 per cent corporate tax rate the US has on the books, which is the highest among developed countries, and the effective corporate tax rate - or what companies actually pay after legal deductions and tax breaks.

When the latter is factored in, the US has the fourth-highest effective corporate tax rate in the world, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The UK, Argentina, and Japan outrank it.

The President also claimed his reform plan is the “the largest tax cut in our country’s history” 40 times - despite data from the Treasury Department indicating it would only be the eighth highest cut ever.

His latest false claim during his recent 12-day Asia tour and was actually corrected by another world leader.

Mr Trump was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when he repeated his claim that the US has trade “deficits with almost everybody.”

That is not quite true and Mr Turnbull pointed out: “except us.”

Mr Trump quickly agreed with Australian counterpart, but “then suggested he should check the figures, but Turnbull assured him, “It’s real,’” the Washington Post reported.

Actually, the US has trade surpluses with several countries thanks in part to free trade agreements including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong, Chile, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The total of 1,628 claims thus far “puts the president on track to reach 1,999 claims by the end of his first year in office, though he obviously would easily exceed 2,000 if he maintained the pace of the past month,” the newspaper reported.

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