Trump lies and claims his health care repeal didn’t fail

With Trump you really can’t imagine what fantastic lie he will say next. But in a Thursday’s “Fox and Friend”  interview Trump actually said, “Health care didn’t go down. We have the votes.”

The facts are these. There are three Republican “no” votes on the legislation put forward by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. No one — including Graham and Cassidy — dispute that fact. Given that there are only 52 Republican senators, when you lose three of their votes, you don’t have 50. You have 49.

It’s why Senate Republican leaders called off the vote planned for this week. They don’t have the votes.  They just don’t. Everybody knows that.

Yet another outlandish Trump lie.

Recent new Trump lies about immigration, deficits, and health care

For the record, here are some new Trump lies, from this month.

On immigration,

Trump said, “The previous administration enacted an open-door policy to illegal immigrants from Central America. Welcome in. Come in, please.”

The facts: Obama carried out more than 5.2 million deportations over two terms. That figure combines both “removals,” which involve a formal court order, and “returns,” which don’t.

Obama returned more than 2 million Central Americans in his first seven years in office, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics (that does not include formal removals or 2016 data).

 

On trade deficits

Trump said he couldn’t find countries where the United States currently has a trade surplus. To quote Trump, “We have trade deficits with almost every country, because we had a lot of really bad negotiators making deals with other countries.”

The facts: The United States actually has a trade surplus with more than half of the countries or governments it does business with, according to data kept by the United States International Trade Commission.

In 2016, the United States recorded a trade surplus with 134 different nations or governments. It ran a deficit with 99 nations or governments.

On health care

To quote Trump, “I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode, and then do it. I turned out to be right. Let Obamacare implode.”

The facts: Trump actually argued that Republicans should not let Obamacare collapse because “it wouldn’t be fair to the people.”

“Frankly, we could sit back and it was a thought from a political standpoint, but it wouldn’t be fair to the people,” Trump said at a Jan. 11, 2017, press conference in New York.

“We could sit back and wait and watch and criticize and we could be a Chuck Schumer and sit back and criticize it and people would come, they would come, begging to us please, we have to do something about Obamacare. We don’t want to own it, we don’t want to own it politically. They own it right now.

“So the easiest thing would be to let it implode in ’17 and believe me, we’d get pretty much whatever we wanted, but it would take a long time. We’re going to be submitting, as soon as our secretary’s approved, almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter, a plan.”

At the same press conference, Trump said he would repeal and replace Obamacare at the same time. It was also a core campaign promise.

“It’ll be repeal and replace. It will be essentially, simultaneously. It will be various segments, you understand, but will most likely be on the same day or the same week, but probably, the same day, could be the same hour,” Trump said.

“So we’re gonna do repeal and replace, very complicated stuff. And we’re gonna get a health bill passed, we’re gonna get health care taken care of in this country.”

 

 

 

USA Today fact checks Trump’s lies at his press conference

More falsehoods from Donald Trump today. It’s getting hard to keep track of all his lies, but we will try.

USA Today reports that in his first press conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump repeated false and misleading claims on jobs, health care and his tax returns.

• Trump falsely claimed that there are “96 million really wanting a job and they can’t get [one].” There are roughly 96 million people not in the labor force, but that includes retirees, students and others who don’t want jobs. Only 5.5 million of them want work.

• Trump said that “you learn very little” from a tax return. But experts told us there’s plenty of information to be gleaned from tax returns — such as potential conflicts of interest, charitable giving habits and effective tax rates.

• Trump claimed that “some states” have seen health insurance coverage on the Affordable Care Act exchanges increase by 100%. Only Arizona has an average increase that high, and 84% with marketplace coverage in 2016 received tax credits to purchase insurance.

• Trump continues to oversimplify the rise of the Islamic State by blaming President Obama for “leaving at the wrong time” from Iraq. President George W. Bush set the withdrawal date. More important, there were numerous factors in the rise of the terrorist group.

• Trump claimed that “nobody even talked about it” when hacked emails showed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign got debate questions in advance. Actually, there was plenty of press coverage when it was revealed that former CNN contributor Donna Brazile shared questions with Clinton’s campaign.

For more details, see http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/11/fact-check-donald-trump-press-conference/96449610/