10 false claims made by President Trump in a 30-minute interview
Trump, during the interview, claimed that there it has been proven there is no Russian collusion. The CIA and FBI have stated otherwise.
President Donald Trump on December 28, Thursday gave a half-an-hour interview to the New York Times, and it turns out he made at least 24 misleading or false or misleading claims during the 30-minutes exchange. According to the transcript of the interview, Trump made at least one dubious claim every 75 seconds, reports state.
Here's a list of some 10 of the misleading or false statements made by the president during the interview:
'Every Democrat has said there is no Russia collusion'
Trump claimed that every Democrat has said that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians, who attempted to intervene in the 2016 presidential elections. This statement, however, is not true, as many of the Democratic members demanded a probe into the Russia collusion suspecting a foul play.
Top Democrats, last month on December 1, had also warned President Trump and other Republicans to not interfere in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the election after former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with Mueller.
'It's been proven there is no collusion'
Trump, during the interview, also said that he thinks it has already been proven that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. This statement is false, there is still an active investigation ongoing into Russian meddling, which has revealed that some members of the Trump campaign interacted with Russians at least 31 times during the period of the campaign.
The probe has revealed at least 19 meetings about the interaction of Trump campaign members with Russia, including the president's campaign manager and former national security adviser.
'Clinton campaigned for the popular vote. I campaigned for the electoral college'
Trump, on several occasions, has insinuated that his 2016 presidential election rival Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote because of voter fraud. There is, however, no evidence that Clinton campaigned for the popular vote, which she won by almost 3 million.
She held campaigns in several battleground states, including the ones which were Republican-leaning. Although she did not campaign actively in two states, Michigan and Wisconsin, which were considered a lock for the Democrats, Trump eventually won these states narrowly.
'Paul [Manafort] only worked for me for a few months'
President Trump claimed that his former campaign chair, Paul Manafort — who is now under indictment — worked for him for just a few months. Manafort, however, worked as the president's campaign manager in the critical period of the poll, in which Trump secured and accepted the nomination at the GOP convention.
Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury on twelve counts as part of the Russia probe headed by Robert Mueller. The charges include money laundering, tax and foreign lobbying.
'I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department'
Trump's comments appeared to undermine the Department of Justice’s ability to operate as an entity independent of the political whims of the White House. Presidents in the United States do not have unbridled rights to meddle with the Justice Department investigations. Not unless they are actively seeking a constitutional crisis.
'I saved coal and created jobs. West Virginia is doing great now'
Trump's claim that he "saved coal" appears misleading, as there has not been any significant job growth in the coal industry ever since he became the president. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that only 900 jobs were created in the coal industry since Trump assumed office, which is an increase of less than mere 3 percent.
West Virginia's GDP increased 3 percent in the first quarter of 2017. The recent increase, however, is partly because of the increased price of metallurgic coal and a hike of price in natural gas exports. Trump cannot take credit for the change in prices, which change according to the market forces.
'Democrats made up Russia (collusion) story as a hoax'
Trump falsely stated that the Russia collusion story was made up by the Democrats. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2016 had concluded that Russia intervened in the US presidential elections to influence a Trump win. This assessment of the CIA was also backed up by the then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey and then-Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.
'I brought up (Luther) Strange 20 points' in Alabama Senate race
Trump's endorsement of Luther Strange did not make a significant difference in the Alabama senate race, according to polls. Reports state that Strange lost to Roy Moore by a greater margin at the time Trump endorsed the former candidate for the poll. Trump also claimed during the interview that Strange was in the fifth place before his endorsement, however, there were only three candidates in the GOP primary.
'I know the details of the taxes better than anybody. I know the details of health care better than most'
Reports state that various lawmakers who work with President Trump on taxes, and particularly health care privately, told reporters that they were astounded by how little knowledge the president had of these pertinent issues.
'We see the drugs pouring into the country, we need the wall'
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said that Trump's proposed wall across the southern border of the United States and Mexico will have no effect on drugs pouring into the country. The DEA said that the majority of the drugs that are smuggled into America is done through legal ports of entry and brought in through underground tunnels.
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