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PoliticsAP FACT CHECK: Trump and a tale of 2 sheets of paper

18:45  25 may  2019
18:45  25 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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THE FACTS : There was no 0 billion payout from the U.S. treasury. The money he refers to represents Iranian assets held abroad that were frozen until the deal was reached The arrangement provided for the interest to be paid later, not crammed into containers. Read more AP Fact Checks .

Support the fact checking and investigative journalism you rely on at Snopes.com. So this is all — just so you understand, these papers — because I’m not sure that was explained properly — but these papers are all just a piece of the many, many companies that are being put into trust to be run by my

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump held up and read from a sheet of paper in the Rose Garden this past week as he argued he's been hounded by investigators in the Russia probe for no reason. "Nearly 500 search warrants," says the page, from an ABC News graphic. "More than 2,500 subpoenas." And: "19 special counsel lawyers & 40 FBI agents worked the case."

If that sounds like overkill by the Robert Mueller inquiry, it's only half the story.

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After Trump 's Speech, Twitter Fact - Checks the Fact - Checkers . Last night after President Trump 's address on border security, an Associated Press tweet Ah, yes, the ol' " two to tango" argument. In American politics there are more often than not two positions—a Democratic one and a Republican

Trump did not show or quote from a second page that goes with the graphic, laying out the results of the investigation. Among them: "37 total indicted ... 26 Russians indicted ... 4 people sent to prison ... 7 guilty pleas." In Trump's telling, it's all a hoax.

Selective accounting like that has been a constant in Trump's rhetoric.

A look at some of his recent statements, on the Russia investigation, the border, the economy and more:

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS

TRUMP: "I don't do cover-ups." — Rose Garden remarks Wednesday to reporters.

THE FACTS: Federal prosecutors may not agree with that assertion, which he made in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation that the president was engaged in a cover-up. Trump spoke after breaking off an infrastructure meeting when Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., came to the White House for it.

Man fatally shot in New Kensington while working paper route

Man fatally shot in New Kensington while working paper route Police are investigating the death of a New Kensington man who was shot while working a newspaper delivery route early Thursday morning. Watch the report by @DKaplanWTAE in the video player above. Gregory L. Smith, 69, was driving on his paper route around 3 a.m. Thursday when he was shot on Kenneth Avenue, police said. Three bullets of the same caliber were fired in Smith's direction, with one of the shots hitting the man in the head, police said. Smith was able to drive one block before running into a fence, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. New Kensington police and the Westmoreland County Detective Bureau are investigating.

THE FACTS : For the most part, the business he's talking about did not come together during his trip or because of him. Various threads of existing or Perpetrators of the roof violence were sentenced to death for killing a boy and a man. The video was filmed days after the overthrow of Islamist President

Trump is extrapolating from a fact sheet that initially accompanied the plan, then was The facts : Trump actually left the White House plenty of times during the “months and months” surrounding the Chinese tourists to Japan switch from shopping sprees to medical services. A tale of two ads (and

Prosecutors' court filings in December said Trump directed his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to make payments to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal during the 2016 presidential campaign. Both women alleged they had extramarital affairs with Trump, which the White House denies.

In particular, the Justice Department says the hush money payments were unreported campaign contributions meant to influence the outcome of the election. That assertion makes the payments subject to campaign finance laws, which restrict how much people can donate to a campaign and bar corporations from making direct contributions.

Trump has said the payments were "a simple private transaction," not a campaign contribution.

Separately, the Mueller report found that Trump dictated his son Trump Jr.'s misleading statement about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower to cloak its purpose.

Senate overwhelmingly approves $19.1 billion disaster relief package

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WASHINGTON ( AP ) — President Donald Trump falsely claimed he's pulled off "an economic turnaround of historic proportions.".

THE FACTS : The facts of this meeting are not established; Canadian officials won’t comment on whether it happened as Trump described it. Trudeau visited Trump in October and the two have spoken by phone on multiple occasions about trade and other matters as Trump pushes a

Cohen, who pleaded guilty last year to campaign finance crimes in connection with those payments, had previously implicated Trump. The department's filings backed up Cohen's claims.

The Mueller report said Trump learned in summer of 2017 that the news media planned to report on the meeting at Trump Tower between senior campaign officials and Russians offering derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.

Trump directed aides not to disclose the emails setting up the meeting. Before the emails became public, the president also edited a press statement for Donald Trump Jr. by deleting a line that acknowledged that the meeting was "with an individual who (Trump Jr.) was told might have information helpful to the campaign" and instead said only that the meeting was about adoptions.

That episode was among 10 identified by the Mueller investigation of possible obstruction of justice by Trump. Mueller said in his report that he could not conclusively determine that Trump had committed a crime or that he hadn't.

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Lamborghini, Shelby pickup among drug kingpins' cars auctioned by Mexican government The Mexican government is selling back vehicles taken from alleged drug dealers.

Donald Trump and Tim Kaine. (Photo: AP ). The two men had the following exchange, which began with Todd asking Trump why he loves that Clinton selected Kaine to be on the Democratic ticket “But our concern is not with tawdry tales of Ferraris, Rolexes, and ball gowns. It is instead with the

THE FACTS : His wide-open border claim is bogus. The number of arrests of illegal border crossers — the best measure of That roundup was largely planned before Trump took office and was alternately described by the Trump administration as a routine enforcement effort and a signal of his pledge to

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TRUMP: "ILLEGAL Witch Hunt." — tweet Wednesday.

THE FACTS: Trump is wrong to suggest, as he has done before, that the FBI acted illegally by investigating him. The FBI does not need to know if or have evidence that a crime occurred before the bureau begins an investigation.

Many investigations that are properly conducted ultimately don't find evidence of any crime. The FBI is empowered to open an investigation if there's information it has received or uncovered that leads the bureau to think it might encounter a crime. Apart from that, the investigation into the Trump campaign was initially a counterintelligence investigation rather than a strictly criminal one, as agents sought to understand whether and why Russia was meddling in the 2016 election.

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TRUMP: "The greatest Hoax in American History." — tweet Wednesday.

THE FACTS: A two-year investigation that produced guilty pleas, convictions and criminal charges against Russian intelligence officers and others with ties to the Kremlin, as well as Trump associates, is not a hoax.

Mueller charged 34 people, including the president's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and three Russian companies. Twenty-five Russians were indicted on charges related to election interference, accused either of hacking Democratic email accounts during the campaign or of orchestrating a social media campaign that spread disinformation on the internet.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump promises not just the moon, but Mars

AP FACT CHECK: Trump promises not just the moon, but Mars President Donald Trump dismissed the hard realities of his trade dispute with China as mere foolishness Monday and told people to expect humans on Mars "very shortly," which isn't happening. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Here's a look at some of his statements in a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and how they stack up with reality: TRADE TRUMP: "You know, foolishly, some people said that the American taxpayer is paying the tariffs of China.

WASHINGTON ( AP ) — President Donald Trump has a way of presenting missions as accomplished even when they’re not. So it was when he told Iowans Trump is also known to propose something already in effect, as when he declared “the time has come” for a welfare moratorium for immigrants.

The AP fact - checked Donald Trump 's speech – and there were some whoppers. WASHINGTON ( AP ) — Despite promising "the truth, and nothing else" in his convention speech, Donald Trump presented the nation with a series of previously debunked claims and some new ones Thursday night

Five Trump aides pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller, and a sixth, longtime confidant Roger Stone, is awaiting trial on charges he lied to Congress and engaged in witness tampering.

Mueller's report concluded that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was "sweeping and systematic." Ultimately, Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign. But the special counsel didn't render judgment on whether Trump obstructed justice, saying his investigators found evidence on both sides.

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BIDEN

TRUMP, on Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden: "He's not from Pennsylvania. I guess he was born here but he left you, folks. ... He left you for another state and he didn't take care of you because he didn't take care of your jobs. He let other countries come in and rip off America." — Montoursville, Pennsylvania, rally Monday.

THE FACTS: It's true that Pennsylvania-born Biden left the state without taking care of jobs for the people he left behind. He was a boy, 10 or 11, when his family moved to Delaware in 1953.

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TRADE

TRUMP on his trade dispute with China: "I'll be honest, we are getting hundreds of millions of dollars brought into our country. We've never gotten 10 cents. We are getting hundreds of billions of dollars coming into our country." — remarks to reporters Thursday.

THE FACTS: This is not true. The tariffs he's raised on imports from China are primarily if not entirely a tax on U.S. consumers and businesses, not a source of significant revenue coming into the country.

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LAPD Officer Charged With Grand Theft, Falsifying Time Sheets May 29--A Los Angeles Police Department officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a grand theft charge for receiving more than $8,000 in wages last year for work she did not perform, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Monica Renee Moore, 47, was charged with one count of grand theft for falsely reporting 18 shifts that she said she worked between April and October in 2018, the DA said. She received $8,543 in compensation for those days, according to prosecutors. Moore faces up to three years in state prison if convicted, according to the DA. A preliminary hearing for Moore is scheduled on June 26 at a Los Angeles court.

THE FACTS : That’s not what his Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis, says. When asked by a reporter Wednesday whether he had seen any sign that North Korea had begun steps toward denuclearization, Mattis replied, “I’m not aware of any. AP FACT CHECK : Trump 's Oft-told Tale of US Payout to Iran.

WASHINGTON ( AP ) — The start of a new administration is never a clean slate, even when parties flip. Day One is just another day for military operations, a budget that is still in place from the old crowd and a vast array of economic, social and law enforcement initiatives left over by the last president.

A study in March by economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Columbia University and Princeton University, before the latest escalation, found that the public and U.S. companies were paying $3 billion a month in higher taxes from the trade dispute with China.

It's also false that the U.S. never collected a dime in tariffs before he took action. Tariffs on goods from China are not remotely new. They are simply higher in some cases than they were before. Tariffs go back to the beginning of the U.S. and were once a leading source of revenue for the government. Not in modern times. They equate to less than 1% of federal spending.

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BORDER

TRUMP: "Our country is full. We don't want people coming up here. Our country is full. We want Mexico to stop. We want all of them to stop. Our country is packed to the gills. We don't want them coming up." — Pennsylvania rally Monday.

THE FACTS: Trump's declaration that the U.S. is too "full" to accept migrants due to an overwhelmed southern border is his latest flip-flop. It turns out the U.S. is only "full" in terms of the people Trump doesn't want.

Just last month, the president had made clear that more migrants are needed due to an improving economy.

"We have companies pouring in. The problem is we need workers," he told Fox Business Network on April 28.

"We need people to come in," Trump said at a Wisconsin rally on April 27.

Immigrants as a whole make up a greater percentage of the total U.S. population than they did back in 1970, having grown from less than 5 percent of the population to more than 13 percent now. In 2030, it's projected that immigrants will become the primary driver for U.S. population growth, overtaking U.S. births.

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TRUMP: "The wall is being built as we speak. We'll have almost 500 miles of wall by the end of next year." — Pennsylvania rally Monday.

THE FACTS: It's unclear how Trump arrives at 500 miles (800 km), but he would have to prevail in legal challenges to his declaration of a national emergency or get Congress to cough up more money to get anywhere close. Those are big assumptions.

Mnuchin and Lighthizer were opposed to Trump tariffs on Mexico, source says

Mnuchin and Lighthizer were opposed to Trump tariffs on Mexico, source says Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer opposed President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on Mexico, a source says.

Trump stretched credulity on a variety of subjects over the past week, trade among them. He mangled comments from 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton, inflated expectations of an overhaul in health services for veterans and gave his administration too much credit for defeating the Islamic State.

So far, the administration has awarded contracts for 244 miles (390 km) of wall construction, but more than half comes from Defense Department money available under Trump's Feb. 15 emergency declaration. On Friday, a federal judge in California blocked Trump from building key sections of the wall with that money; a separate challenge is before a judge in New York.

Nearly all of what Trump has been awarded so far is for replacement barriers and fencing, not new miles of wall. Even if Trump prevails in court, all but 14 miles (22 km) of those awarded contracts replace existing barriers.

The White House says it has identified up to $8.1 billion in potential money under the national emergency, mostly from the Defense Department.

Customs and Border Protection officials say the administration wants Congress to finance 206 miles (330 km) next year. The chances of the Democratic-controlled House backing that are between slim and none.

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ECONOMY

TRUMP: "My Administration is achieving things that have never been done before, including unleashing perhaps the Greatest Economy in our Country's history." — tweet Wednesday.

TRUMP: "Most successful economy, perhaps, in our country's history." — remarks to reporters Wednesday.

THE FACTS: The economy is solid but it's not one of the best in our country's history, no matter how many times he asserts it. Trump is also claiming full credit for an economic expansion that began under President Barack Obama in mid-2009.

The economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter of this year. That growth was the highest in just four years for the first quarter.

In the late 1990s, growth topped 4 percent for four straight years, a level it has not yet reached on an annual basis under Trump. Growth even reached 7.2 percent in 1984.

While the economy has shown strength, it grew 2.9 percent in 2018 — the same pace it reached in 2015 — and simply hasn't hit historically high growth rates.

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TRUMP claims "the best unemployment numbers in history." — Pennsylvania rally.

THE FACTS: The 3.6 percent unemployment rate in the latest report is not the best in history. It's the lowest since 1969, when it was 3.5 percent. The U.S. also had lower rates than now in the early 1950s. And during three years of World War II, the annual rate was under 2 percent.

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HEALTH CARE

TRUMP: "Drug prices are coming down, first time in 51 years, because of my administration." — remarks Wednesday to reporters.

THE FACTS: Trump continues to ignore an increase in drug prices.

The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index for prescription drug prices shows an increase of 0.3 percent in April compared with the same month last year. The index tracks a set of medications, both brand names and generics, and Trump has frequently made his boast since the updated numbers showing higher costs came out.

Other independent studies point to increasing prices for brand-name drugs as well and more overall spending on medications.

An analysis of brand-name drug prices by The Associated Press showed 2,712 price increases in the first half of January, compared with 3,327 increases during the same period last year. However, the size of this year's increases was not as pronounced.

Both this year and last, the number of price cuts was minuscule. The information for the analysis was provided by the health data firm Elsevier.

An analysis by Altarum, a nonprofit research and consulting firm, found that in 2018, spending on prescription drugs was one of the main factors behind a 4.5 percent increase in U.S. health spending. Spending on prescription drugs grew much faster than in 2017, according to the study.

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TRUMP: "We will always protect pre-existing conditions." — Pennsylvania rally.

THE FACTS: He's not protecting health coverage for patients with pre-existing medical conditions. The Trump administration instead is pressing in court for full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, including provisions that protect people with pre-existing conditions from health insurance discrimination.

Trump and other Republicans say they'll have a plan to preserve those safeguards, but the White House has provided no details.

Obama's health care law requires insurers to take all applicants, regardless of medical history, and patients with health problems pay the same standard premiums as healthy ones. Bills supported in 2017 by Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal the law could undermine protections by pushing up costs for people with pre-existing conditions.

Associated Press writer Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.

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Mnuchin and Lighthizer were opposed to Trump tariffs on Mexico, source says.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer opposed President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on Mexico, a source says.

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