Fact-Checkers Dispute Trump Claims on Economy, Immigration

His statements on tariff, regulations, and war were also problematic
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2019 7:31 AM CST
President Trump sits in his car at the White House in Washington as he heads to Capitol Hill to deliver his State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – President Trump's State of the Union address contained numerous true statements, fact-checkers said after a busy night Tuesday. It also, however, contained numerous false or misleading claims and cherry-picked statistics, while Democrat Stacey Abrams also made a few dubious claims. The Washington Post took issue with almost 30 statements in Trump's 82-minute speech, which works out to one every 2.8 minutes. Some of the statements fact-checkers challenged:

  • "We recently imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods—and now our treasury is receiving billions of dollars." The AP considers this true, but misleading: The Treasury is indeed receiving money from tariffs, as it has always done, but the money is coming from American businesses and consumers, not China.

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