AP FACT CHECK: GOP taps distortions to heap praise on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – Famous context became missing Tuesday when Republicans heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his judgment on world affairs and handling of the economy. Trump’s financial adviser wholly distorted the conditions Trump inherited.

A peek at rhetoric from the 2nd night of the virtual Republican National Convention:

LARRY KUDLOW, Trump financial adviser: Trump became ”inheriting a stagnant economy on the entrance discontinuance of recession,” and below the president, “the economy became rebuilt in three years.”

THE FACTS: That is groundless. The economy became wholesome when Trump arrived on the White Home.

Although the recovery from the 2008 monetary disaster became agonizingly tiresome, Trump took office with unemployment at a low 4.7%, regular job lisp and a falling federal finances deficit. The longest growth in U.S. history began in the course of 2009 and persisted till the initiating up of the one year, spanning every the Barack Obama and Trump presidencies.

The U.S. economy did assist from Trump’s 2017 tax cuts with a jump in lisp in 2018, but the finances deficit began to climb because the tax breaks that enjoyed corporations and the prosperous in hopes of completely increasing the economy.

Annual lisp in the course of Obama’s 2nd time duration averaged about 2.3%. Trump notched a a runt bit better 2.5% in the course of his first three years, but the nation swung into recession this one year thanks to the coronavirus and might maybe maybe doubtlessly lunge away Trump with an nasty discover document to his predecessor over four years.


SEN. RAND PAUL: “Joe Biden voted for the Iraq battle, which President Trump has long known as the worst geopolitical mistake of our technology.”

THE FACTS: Trump had no more foresight on this subject than Biden. Neither became in opposition to it when it began.

When requested in the course of a Sept. 11, 2002, radio interview if he would increase an Iraq invasion, Trump answered, “Yeah, I guess so.” The following month, Biden as a senator voted to authorize George W. Bush to make expend of power in Iraq.

The following March, appropriate days after the U.S. launched its invasion, Trump stated it “looks to be love a mountainous success from a navy standpoint.”

It wasn’t till September 2003 that Trump first publicly raised doubts referring to the invasion, asserting “quite loads of alternative folks (are) questioning the total conception of going in in the first win 22 situation.” In November 2005, Biden known as his Senate vote to authorize power a mistake.


ERIC TRUMP: “My father rebuilt the mighty American navy – added fresh jets, plane carriers.”

THE FACTS: That’s an exaggeration.

It’s correct that his administration has accelerated a animated buildup in defense spending, including a respite from what the U.S. navy notion to be to be crippling spending limits below finances sequestration.

Nonetheless a assortment of fresh Pentagon weapons functions, such because the F-35 fighter jet, had been began years sooner than the Trump administration. And this might occasionally maybe even preserve years for freshly ordered tanks, planes and quite loads of weapons to be built, delivered and establish to make expend of.

The Air Power’s Minuteman 3 missiles, a key portion of the U.S. nuclear power, as an instance, possess been working for the reason that early 1970s and the modernization became begun below the Obama administration. They’re attributable to be modified with a fresh model, but no longer till later this decade.


ERIC TRUMP, on his father: “He increased wages for our inconceivable men and females in uniform.”

THE FACTS: Yes, but navy pay has been raised every body year for many years, and the raises below Trump possess been smaller in contrast with previous years.


CISSIE GRAHAM LYNCH, evangelist and granddaughter of Billy Graham: “On the world stage, President Trump changed into the first president to chat referring to the importance of non secular freedom on the United International locations, giving hope to other folks of religion all around the world.”

THE FACTS: That’s no longer correct. Trump is just not any longer the first president to be in contact on non secular freedom on the U.N. President Barack Obama discussed non secular tolerance and liberty in the course of a U.N. speech Sept. 25, 2012.

“We no longer handiest appreciate the freedom of religion, now we possess authorized guidelines that supply protection to folks from being harmed thanks to how they understand or what they accept as true with,” Obama stated in his remarks, which all for an anti-Muslim film that had touched off violent protests in the Center East. “Like me, the majority of People are Christian and yet we attain no longer ban blasphemy in opposition to our most sacred beliefs.”


CRIS PETERSON, from a Wisconsin dairy family: “Our total economy and dairy farming are as soon as again roaring assist. One individual deserves the credit ranking and our vote, President Donald J. Trump.”

THE FACTS: Now not everyone in the dairy alternate views it as booming, especially as increased operations are inserting smaller family farms out of alternate.

The Agriculture Department reported this summer that “dairy herds fell by larger than half of between 2002 and 2019, with an accelerating rate of decline in 2018 and 2019, even as milk manufacturing persisted to grow.”

Fraction of the discipline is that smaller farms face higher manufacturing charges. Farms with larger than 2,000 cattle are more possible for his or her gross sales to exceed their total charges, whereas smaller farms normally tend to purpose at a loss by this metric, constant with authorities figures.


EDITOR’S NOTE – A peek on the veracity of claims by political figures.


Associated Press writers Hope Yen in Washington, David Keppler in Providence, Rhode Island, and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this file.


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