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Fact-Checkers Pounce on Trump Address

Post calls address 'misleading and bleak'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2019 2:21 AM CST
Updated Jan 9, 2019 3:33 AM CST
As seen from a window outside the Oval Office, President Trump gives a prime-time address about border security Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – President Trump delivered an address on the "crisis" at the US-Mexico border Tuesday night—and fact-checkers started work as soon as he got to the word "crisis." The Washington Post, which calls Trump's description of the situation "misleading and bleak," reports that while the president said there is a "growing humanitarian and security crisis" at the border, there is no new security crisis and apprehensions of people trying to cross illegally have fallen from a peak of around 1.6 million in 2000 to 400,000 in fiscal 2018. The Post notes, however, that there is indeed a growing humanitarian crisis caused by the increasing number of families with children attempting to cross the border. More:

  • "The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security." The New York Times calls this remark false, noting that while Democrats are refusing to give Trump $5.7 billion for a border wall, they have offered $1.3 billion for other border security measures.

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