Category: Fact Checker

Trump Didn’t Ignore Disabled Child

Q: Did President Donald Trump ignore a disabled child who tried to shake his hand? A: No. A viral video clip omitted Trump’s earlier interaction with the boy. FULL ANSWER The headline of a July 29 story on washingtonjournal.com says:…

Trump Overstates Impact of Immigration Bill

President Donald Trump is wrong on two fronts when he claims that the RAISE Act “prevents … new immigrants from collecting welfare.” “They’re not going to come in and just immediately go and collect welfare. That doesn’t happen under the…

Subsidies, Not Bailouts

President Donald Trump said “bailouts for insurance companies” would “end very soon” if Congress didn’t pass a new health care bill. Sen. Susan Collins said the payments aren’t a bailout, “but rather help people who are very low-income afford their…

Trump’s GDP Puffery

President Donald Trump wrongly described the estimated 2.6 percent growth in the nation’s gross domestic product for the second quarter as “a number that nobody thought they’d see for a long period of time.” In fact, real GDP growth was higher…

Celebrity Quote Mismatch

Q: Did Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Rihanna say they feel “unsafe” under President Donald Trump, and “can’t even look at an American flag anymore”? A: No. Those are altered versions of statements made by singer Lana Del Ray. FULL…

Trump’s Border Boast

Boasting about a decline in apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border on his watch, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that border apprehensions “didn’t go down” under “past administrations.” Actually, they declined in 10 of the last 16 fiscal years. Before Trump…

Smith Spins NASA Funding

Rep. Lamar Smith said that, after national security agencies, “NASA received the most favorable budget request from the Trump administration.” True, but President Donald Trump’s 2018 proposal would still cut NASA’s budget by about 3 percent compared with the agency’s enacted budget for…

No Legalization of Sharia Law

Q: Did a Muslim federal judge rule two parts of sharia law legal? A: No. That only happened in a fake story on a satirical website. FULL ANSWER Sharia is a term for the religious and secular duties, as well…

Video: Trump’s False Donations Claim

President Donald Trump got it wrong. Hillary Clinton did not donate $ 700,000 to the campaign of the acting FBI director’s wife, as CNN’s Jake Tapper explains in this week’s video collaboration with FactCheck.org. In a series of tweets on…