President Trump used the last speech of his presidency on Wednesday morning to repeat many of the same lies and exaggerations he has said over the past four years.
He falsely claims, as he has almost 300 times before, that he has gone through “the biggest tax cut and reform in the history of our country so far,” despite the 2017 tax cut below several others.
Mr Trump has once again boasted that he has chaired the “biggest economy” with “numbers” that are “at a level no one has seen before”
And he announced his legacy in transforming the judiciary, exaggerating the number of appointments to “almost 300” and claiming it was a “record”. In fact, Mr. Trump appointed 229 judges, a large sum for a one-time president, but well below the total for Presidents Barack Obama (320), George W. Bush (322) and Bill Clinton (322).
Mr Trump also used his last speech as president to once again mistakenly acknowledge credit for setting up the Veterans’ Choice Health Program, which was signed by his predecessor in 2014. As president, Mr Trump signed a measure to change in the program.
He also falsely claims that the Ministry of Veterans cannot dismiss employees before he takes office. In fact, Mr. Trump signed a law that encourages reporting and facilitates the dismissal of bad employees in the department.