President Donald Trump was fact-checked by The New York Times for the numerous lies that he told during a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Trump falsely claimed:
Highways would take 21 years to get approved. We have it down to two years, and it’s going to be one year very shortly.
The New York Times stated:
Average wait times for a permit ranged from three to six years from the fiscal years 1999 to 2016, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
In the 2017 fiscal year, the average wait time was three years and 10 months, almost double Mr. Trump’s claim of a two-year period. (Data for the 2018 fiscal year, which ends in September, is not yet available.)
Trump also lied about the immigration lottery system:
Our first lottery winner — let’s see, he has seven convictions for theft. He’s killed nine people. And we’re getting him the hell out of our country and giving them to the stupid politicians that have been running the United States for many years.
The New York Times stated:
Mr. Trump has previously said that other countries were not “giving us their best” through the diversity visa lottery program. He has now escalated that unsubstantiated — and vague — claim into a false one by suggesting that foreign governments are sending murderers through the program.
Trump then lied about Senate Minority leader Church Schumer:
Chain migration. And this was a Schumer deal. Schumer wanted this.
The New York Times busted Trump for lying again:
Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the Senate minority leader, sponsored what became the diversity visa lottery in 1990, but family-based immigration has been a facet of American immigration policy long before Mr. Schumer’s political career began.
Family relationships have been a basis for admitting new immigrants since the 1920s, according to the Congressional Research Service,
Trump also lied about drawing larger crowds than the most popular musicians:
[Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen] were drawing crowds smaller than my crowds.
The New York Times called Trump out for lying yet again:
Mr. Trump has claimed 20,000 to 49,000 people attended his biggest rallies during the 2016 presidential campaign. Even taking Mr. Trump at his word, those figures pale in comparison to audiences that have assembled to hear Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Mr. Springsteen perform.
The New York Times noted more lies that Trump told during the rally:
He falsely claimed the United States Steel Corporation “is opening up seven plants.” (It has not announced a single new plant.)
He falsely claimed “Russia is very unhappy that Trump won.” (Intelligence agencies have said — and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has confirmed — that he preferred Mr. Trump to Hillary Clinton.)
He mischaracterized NATO members as “delinquent” on payments to the alliance. (He is referring to a pledge each member set for spending on its own military.)
He falsely claimed “NATO funding was going down” before he raised the issue. (Military spending from members has been increasing since 2015.)
He claimed, with no evidence, that the man charged in the Manhattan truck attack in October brought in “22 relatives.” (This is not possible.)
He hyperbolically said immigrants arrested on suspicion of crossing the border illegally “never come back” for court dates. (Most do.)
He exaggerated the number of jobs the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines would bring, estimating 48,000 jobs. (A vast majority are temporary.)
He misleadingly claimed that “nobody would have believed” how many jobs have been added since his election. (The number added in a comparable period before his election was larger.)
He falsely claimed to have signed the “biggest tax cuts in the history of our country.” (Several were larger,)
He misleadingly claimed to have “saved our family farms from the estate tax.” (About 80 family farms and small businesses were affected.)
He took credit for passing the Veterans Choice Act, which he said other presidents had been trying to pass for 40 years. (It passed in 2014, though he did sign new overhauls,)
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