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PoliticsAP FACT CHECK: Trump goes after Omar at rally

04:05  18 july  2019
04:05  18 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Ilhan Omar of praising al Qaeda

Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Ilhan Omar of praising al Qaeda Facts First: Omar has not praised al Qaeda or said she can hold her "chest out" when thinking of al Qaeda. Trump was inaccurately describing remarks she made in 2013 about how one of her college professors acted when he discussed al Qaeda. Trump was referring to an Omar comment that has circulated this year in conservative media, including Fox News. Only a short video clip has been posted on conservative websites. Even that clip does not include Omar praising Al Qaeda in any way, but here is the full context.

THE FACTS : She said nothing like this. Trump 's account is a highly confused rendering of something Omar said in an interview in 2013 . In that interview, she talked about studying terrorism under a professor who dramatically pronounced the names of terrorist groups, as if to emphasize their evil

Ilhan Omar loves terrorists, President Donald Trump put words in her mouth. His argument so far rests primarily on two examples he gave Monday as he continues to go after four first-term Neither example shows Omar praising al-Qaida. Nor has Trump explained why he is assailing all four women

AP FACT CHECK: Trump goes after Omar at rally© Provided by The Associated Press President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally at Williams Arena in Greenville, N.C., Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday misrepresented words from Rep. Ilhan Omar to make her sound like an al-Qaida sympathizer and exaggerated the performance of the economy under his watch.

A look at claims from his rally in North Carolina:

OMAR

TRUMP quotes Omar as saying: "You don't say 'America' with this intensity. You say 'al-Qaida,' it makes you proud. Al-Qaida makes you proud. You don't speak that way about America."

Trump rally crowd chants 'Send her back' about Omar

Trump rally crowd chants 'Send her back' about Omar Supporters at President Trump's campaign rally on Wednesday chanted "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after the president launched into a diatribe against the first-term lawmaker and Somali refugee.Trump tore into Omar early on in his rally in Greenville, North Carolina, a continuation of his days-long attacks against her and three other progressive congresswomen. The crowd raucously booed Omar at the first mention of her name. The president went on to accuse Omar of demeaning U.S. servicemembers and minimizing the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

THE FACTS : She said nothing like this. Trump 's account is a highly confused rendering of something Omar said in an interview in 2013 . In that interview, she talked about studying terrorism under a professor who dramatically pronounced the names of terrorist groups, as if to emphasize their evil

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THE FACTS: This is not at all what the Minnesota Democrat said. She did not voice pride in the terrorist group.

Trump is referring to an interview Omar gave in 2013. In it, she talked about studying terrorism history or theory under a professor who dramatically pronounced the names of terrorist groups, as if to emphasize their evil nature.

"The thing that was interesting in the class was every time the professor said 'al-Qaida,' he sort of like — his shoulders went up" and he used a menacing, intense tone, she said. Her point was that the professor was subtly rousing suspicions of Muslims with his theatrical presentation, while pronouncing "America" without the intensity he afforded the names of terrorist groups.

At no point did she say "al-Qaida" should be uttered with intensity or pride and that "America" shouldn't.

Trump Rally Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ at Ilhan Omar Roundly Condemned: ‘Flat Out Bigotry’

Trump Rally Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ at Ilhan Omar Roundly Condemned: ‘Flat Out Bigotry’ At President Donald Trump's North Carolina rally tonight, as POTUS tore into Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, the crowd erupted in chants of "send her back!"

Ilhan Omar loves terrorists, President Donald Trump put words in her mouth. His argument so far rests primarily on two examples he gave Monday as he continues to go after four first-term Neither example shows Omar praising al-Qaida. Nor has Trump explained why he is assailing all four women

THE FACTS : That’s a misrepresentation of the circumstances behind the girl’s death as Trump seeks to — Michigan rally . TRUMP : “If the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out, we will have a plan that’s Those who are ultimately offered visas still need to go through background checks , like other

Trump is continuing to assail Omar and three other liberal Democratic women of color, challenging their loyalty to the U.S. The House rebuked him Tuesday for his "racist comments."

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ECONOMY

TRUMP: "We have the strongest economy in history."

THE FACTS: The economy is not the strongest in the country's history. It expanded at an annual rate of 3.1% 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% for four straight years, a level it has not yet reached on an annual basis under Trump. Growth even reached 7.2% in 1984.

In fact, there are some signs that growth is slowing, partly because of Trump's trade fights with China and Europe. Factory activity has decelerated for three straight months as global growth has slowed and companies are reining in their spending on large equipment.

Most economists forecast the economy will expand at just a 2% annual rate in the April-June period.

“Send her back!” Trump’s attacks on Ilhan Omar — and the response to them — represent a new low

“Send her back!” Trump’s attacks on Ilhan Omar — and the response to them — represent a new low During his rally in North Carolina, Trump escalated his smears of the trailblazing congresswoman — and his fans were right there with him.

THE FACTS : She said nothing like this. Trump 's account is a highly confused rendering of something Omar said in an interview in 2013 . In that interview, she talked about studying terrorism under a professor who dramatically pronounced the names of terrorist groups, as if to emphasize their evil

WASHINGTON — In trying to make the case that Rep. Ilhan Omar loves terrorists, President Donald Trump put words in her mouth. His argument so far rests primarily on two examples he gave Monday as he continues to go after four first-term congresswomen of color for not being American enough

Trump is pushing the Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, to cut short-term interest rates to shore up the economy. That isn't something a president would do during the strongest economy in history.

Economists mostly expect the Fed will cut rates, either at its next meeting in July or in September. Lower rates make it easier for people to borrow and buy new homes and cars.

The economy is now in its 121st month of growth, making it the longest expansion in history. Most of that took place under President Barack Obama.

The economy grew 2.9% in 2018 — the same pace it reached in 2015 under Obama — and simply hasn't hit historically high growth rates.

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TRUMP: "The lowest unemployment numbers ever."

THE FACTS: Again, not so.

The 3.7% unemployment rate in the latest report is not the best in history. It's near the lowest level in 50 years, when it was 3.5%. 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%.

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TRUMP: "The best unemployment in our history. And likewise, women, 74 years. ... I'm sorry, women, I let you down, it's not in our history but we're going to be there very soon."

THE FACTS: No, the jobless rate for women of 3.1% in April was the lowest in 66 years, not 74, and it has since increased to 3.3% in June. The data only go back 71 years, so 74 years isn't a possibility.

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Seitz reported from Chicago. Associated Press writers Christopher Rugaber and Calvin Woodward contributed to this report.

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'I just don’t think this is becoming of the president' : Rep. Elijah Cummings.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings was on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos Sunday, July 21.

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