Fact-Checkers Pounce on Trump's SOTU Address

They say he was wrong on immigration, coal, wages
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 31, 2018 12:20 AM CST
Updated Jan 31, 2018 6:24 AM CST

(Newser) – President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night—and fact-checkers say it was riddled with "alternative facts," even by the exaggeration-heavy standards of SOTU speeches. They say the president displayed a faulty grasp of immigration policy, among other things. A selection of findings from the AP's fact-checkers:

  • Tax cuts. Trump: "We enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history." The facts: The December tax overhaul ranks behind Ronald Reagan's in the early 1980s, post-World War II tax cuts and at least several more. An analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in the fall put Trump's package as the eighth biggest since 1918.
  • Visa lottery. Trump: "The third pillar (of my immigration plan) ends the visa lottery—a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard to skill, merit or the safety of our people." The facts: That's a highly misleading characterization. The program is not nearly that random and it does address skills, merit and safety.

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