Some Debate Fact-Check­ing

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The fi­nal pres­i­den­tial debate be­tween Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump in Las Ve­gas started out as a pol­icy dis­cus­sion, but quickly erupted into a box­ing match be­tween the two can­di­dates over is­sues from Clin­ton’s emails to tax re­turns. The show­down came as Trump’s cam­paign has been con­sumed by al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct -- al­le­ga­tions he ve­he­mently de­nied -- and Clin­ton is grap­pling with the fall­out from the pub­li­ca­tion of her cam­paign chair­man’s email ar­chives by Wik­iLeaks. Debate mod­er­a­tor Chris Wal­lace of Fox News at­tempted to fo­cus on six top­ics: debt and en­ti­tle­ments, im­mi­gra­tion, the econ­omy, the Supreme Court, for­eign hot spots and fit­ness to be pres­i­dent.

Fact-check No. 1: Clin­ton said 17 in­tel­li­gence agen­cies “con­firmed” Rus­sia is try­ing to in­flu­ence our elec­tion.

Clin­ton: Rus­sians “have hacked Amer­i­can web­sites, Amer­i­can ac­counts of pri­vate peo­ple, of in­sti­tu­tions, then they have given that in­for­ma­tion to Wik­ileaks for the pur­pose of putting it on the in­ter­net. This has come from the high­est lev­els of the Rus­sian govern­ment, clearly from Putin him­self, in an ef­fort, as 17 of our in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have con­firmed, to in­flu­ence our elec­tion. So I ac­tu­ally think the most im­por­tant ques­tion of this evening, Chris, is fi­nally will Don­ald Trump ad­mit and con­demn that the Rus­sians are do­ing this?”

Our grade: True

Ex­pla­na­tion: The head of the US in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity, over­see­ing 17 in­tel­li­gence-re­lated or­ga­ni­za­tions, has said pub­licly that the com­mu­nity is “con­fi­dent that the Rus­sian Govern­ment di­rected” the re­cent hacks in an at­tempt “to in­ter­fere with the US elec­tion process.”

Fact-check No. 2: Mr Trump said thou­sands of Syr­i­ans are com­ing in to the United States and there is no way to de­ter­mine where they came from.

Trump: “...he has thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple. They have no idea where they come from and you see, we are go­ing to stop rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism in this coun­try.”

Our grade: False

Ex­pla­na­tion: This claim that the US is un­able to ac­cu­rately iden­tify Syr­ian refugees is cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied by the State De­part­ment and the mul­ti­ple US govern­ment agen­cies tasked with vet­ting refugees. The State De­part­ment has said “ap­pli­cants to the US Refugee Ad­mis­sions Pro­gram are cur­rently sub­ject to the high­est level of se­cu­rity checks of any cat­e­gory of trav­eler to the United States.”

Fact-check No. 3: Clin­ton claims Trump is will­ing to break up NATO.

Clin­ton: “That the Rus­sians have en­gaged in cy­ber-at­tacks against the United States of Amer­ica, that you en­cour­aged es­pi­onage against our peo­ple, that you are will­ing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do what­ever he wants to do, and that you con­tinue to get help from him be­cause he has a very clear fa­vorite in this race. So I think that this is such an un­prece­dented sit­u­a­tion, we’ve never had a for­eign govern­ment try­ing to in­ter­fere in our elec­tion.”

Our grade: True

Ex­pla­na­tion: This claim is true be­cause Don­ald Trump drew in­ter­na­tional head­lines when he said he would be will­ing to have the U.S. leave NATO. For ex­am­ple, on April 27, Trump said this in a speech: “In NATO, for in­stance, only 4 of 28 other mem­ber coun­tries be­sides Amer­ica, are spend­ing the min­i­mum re­quired 2 per­cent of GDP on de­fense.

We have spent tril­lions of dol­lars over time on planes, mis­siles, ships, equip­ment, build­ing up our mil­i­tary to pro­vide a strong de­fense for Europe and Asia. The coun­tries we are de­fend­ing must pay for the cost of this de­fense, and if not, the US must be pre­pared to let th­ese coun­tries de­fend them­selves. We have no choice.”

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