It’s a popular, bipartisan difficulty, but the president drew attention away from his personal initiative by way of then firing off some of the off-topic falsehoods as he engaged with individuals of the press.
Here’s a look at four of the large ones. Welcome to Fact Check Friday.
Disaster aid to Puerto Rico
President Trump has falsely claimed for weeks that Puerto Rico has been given $91 billion for Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. They have not. It’s not even close.
“Just so that you recognize, we gave Puerto Rico $ninety one billion for the hurricane,” Trump again instructed journalists Thursday on the White House.
Puerto Rico has not acquired $91 billion — that quantity represents one suggested authorities estimate of cash wanted for restoration on the island over many years. In fact, that estimate turned into considered to be at the “excessive end” and Congress hasn’t even considered giving Puerto Rico that much cash.
According to The Washington Post, Puerto Rico has spent about $11 billion of the kind of $40 billion allocated with the aid of Congress up to now.
The president is spreading a false narrative approximately useful resource allocated to Puerto Rico, as Congress bickers over a disaster remedy package that many Americans desperately need.
Mueller desired to be FBI director once more
In an attempt to attack the unique counsel’s credibility, the president again claimed on Thursday that Robert Mueller definitely desired to be his FBI director, however, that he had to show him down due to “conflicts of the hobby.”
“[Mueller] desired to turn out to be the FBI director. We chose Director [Christopher] Wray instead and informed him I’m sorry,” Trump stated.
The president shows that because he changed into rebuffed, Mueller is conflicted and in search of retribution through his record.
On pages eighty-81, Vol. II of Mueller’s record, a redacted model of which turned into a released closing week, Trump’s leader strategist at the time, Steve Bannon, flatly rejects the basis of Trump’s claim.
“As for Mueller’s interview for FBI Director, Bannon recalled that the White House had invited Mueller to speak to the president to provide a perspective on the group of the FBI. Bannon said that, even though the White House notion approximately beseeching Mueller to emerge as Director again, he did no longer are available in searching out the job.”
GM sold a plant in Ohio
Trump, who campaigns on his efforts to convey production jobs the United States, falsely claimed Thursday that General Motors has bought its shuttered plant in Ohio to Workhorse Group, a bit-acknowledged business enterprise that makes electric-powered vans, drones, and vehicles.
“Even in Ohio, the incredible state of Ohio the day before today, General Motors at my very sturdy urging, to put it mildly, very strong urging, I wasn’t even excellent approximately it, however I recognize what they did, they offered the–the lovely plant, Lordstown,” he stated.
But the deal is not performed yet. And while each business says are expressing optimism that a deal may be made, it’s no longer certain.
It’s now not the first time Trump has introduced the creation of jobs that don’t but exist. For months he’s been pronouncing America Steel Corporation has built as many as “8 or nine” new steel turbines. In truth, they haven’t opened any.
China is paying the United States directly
Trump’s push to reform change with China honestly has stable bipartisan help, including from House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. So, it begs the query of why the president feels the want to make deceptive statements about his plan.
His repeated announcement that the price lists he has imposed on Chinese items float without delay to the U.S. Treasury are truly not genuine.
And even as many on both facets of the political spectrum could argue price lists are a powerful tool for negotiating change concessions with China, it’s now not accurate to mention that China will pay the U.S. Immediately.