Trump made 1,318 false claims over 263 days: study

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The United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has made 1,318 false claims over 263 days, a new fact-check­ing study shows, pre­dict­ing a fi­nal tally of over 2,000 false or mis­lead­ing state­ments for the Repub­li­can head of state’s first year in the White House.

Most of the in­ac­cu­ra­cies stem from Trump’s ten­dency to overuse su­perla­tives while mak­ing public state­ments, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported on Tues­day, not­ing that that the pres­i­dent had av­er­aged five claims a day, even pick­ing up pace since the six-month mark

Tax plan

Five months be­fore un­veil­ing his tax plan in late Septem­ber, Trump said it was “the big­gest tax cut in his­tory. This is big­ger than [for­mer U.S. pres­i­dent Ron­ald] Rea­gan. … This is ac­tu­ally big­ger than Rea­gan tax cuts.”

He went on to make the claim 16 more times with­out of­fer­ing ev­i­dence as to how it was “the largest tax cut in our coun­try’s his­tory.”

De­spite the fancy claims, the pres­i­dent has so far only pro­vided the public with a 9-page frame­work that would start ne­go­ti­a­tions with law­mak­ers.

Hur­ri­canes

Trump has also made false claims about the re­cent wave of hur­ri­canes that have hit the U.S. ter­ri­to­ries, say­ing Hur­ri­cane Irma in Florida and Hur­ri­cane Maria in Puerto Rico made land­fall as Cat­e­gory 5 storms — the most de­struc­tive kind — but they touched down as Cat­e­gory 4 and even­tu­ally reached Cat­e­gory 5 strength, an im­por­tant fac­tor in dis­tin­guish­ing weather dis­as­ters.

Un­der fire over the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to hur­ri­cane in Puerto Rico, U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has ded­i­cated a golf tro­phy to the vic­tims.

He has also ex­ag­ger­ated the num­ber of lives saved in gov­ern­ment’s re­lief ef­forts.

NFL feud

The pres­i­dent has also made false state­ments while at­tack­ing the Na­tional Foot­ball League (NFL), for not pun­ish- ing play­ers who “dis­re­spect the flag” by kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them.

Trump has claimed mul­ti­ple times that NFL rat­ings are “down mas­sively” and “go­ing way down” be­cause of the protests while of­fi­cials say ticket sales re­main “on par” with the year be­fore.

Trump has also re­peat­edly said that the protest “has noth­ing to do with race” while play­ers and coaches who de­fend the move say it is in­deed about racial in­jus­tice against African Amer­i­cans and other mi­nori­ties.

North Korea

The bil­lion­aire-turned-pres­i­dent’s long list of false claims goes on to in­clude North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump, who has been trad­ing blows with Kim, has wrongly claimed that since for­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, ev­ery American pres­i­dent “has been out­played by this gen­tle­man.”

The U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has called North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man.”

This is while “Rocket Man” – as Trump likes to call Kim—is the suc­ces­sor to his father Kim Jong-il and grand­fa­ther Kim Il-sung, who have led North Korea since Clin­ton’s pres­i­dency.

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