WASHINGTON (AP) – In his closing remarks as President, Donald Trump sought to acknowledge the merits of his predecessor and even those under President Joe Biden.
The fakes permeated his farewell remarks Wednesday morning and the night before, though he was reassured, “We weren’t a regular administration.”
Also, noting that Americans were “horrified” by the Capitol assault this month, he overcame the encouragement he had given the crowd in advance and praised the attackers as “very special”
A look at some of his statements to benefactors at Joint Base Andrews on their way to Florida on Wednesday and in a videotaped address on Tuesday:
Trump: “We developed the vaccine in nine months, instead of nine years or five years or 10 years, a lot of time. It had to take a long time. … We have two, we have another that comes almost immediately. “- noted Wednesday before leaving Washington.
Trump: “Another administration would take three, four, five, maybe even 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did it in nine months. “- address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: In fact, the administration has not developed any vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies did it. And one of the two US companies that came up with the vaccines now in use did not take the development money from the government.
Trump’s claim that the vaccine would take years in a different administration has eroded credibility. The COVID-19 vaccines were indeed remarkably fast, but other countries are developing them as well. The coronavirus vaccine is not a major achievement for the United States, much less the Trump administration.
The American drug manufacturer Pfizer developed its vaccine in partnership with Germany’s BioNTech, avoiding federal development money, although it took advantage of Washington’s preliminary commitment to buy large quantities if the vaccine succeeds. Moderna vaccine from the USA is also widely used.
But the British vaccine AstraZeneca-Oxford is being used in several countries, and vaccines from China and Russia are also being used sparingly. More than a dozen potential vaccines are in the late stages of testing worldwide.
TRUMP: “We passed the VA Choice.” – Address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: No, he didn’t get the Choice program. President Barack Obama did it. Trump expanded it. The program allows veterans to receive medical care outside the veterans system under certain conditions. Trump has repeatedly tried to acknowledge Obama’s merits.
Trump: “We also received tax cuts, the biggest tax cuts and reform in the history of our country so far,” he said on Wednesday.
Trump: “We’ve been through the biggest package of tax breaks and reforms in American history,” Tuesday said.
THE FACTS: Its tax cuts are not close to the largest in US history.
That’s a $ 1.5 trillion cut in 10 years. As a share of the total economy, the tax reduction of this amount is in 12th place, according to the Committee on Responsible Federal Budget. President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 cut is the largest, followed by a 1945 tax refund that funded World War II.
Post-Reagan tax cuts are also historically significant: President George W. Bush’s layoffs in the early 2000s and their resumption by Obama a decade later.
Trump: “We have the largest economy in the world,” he said Wednesday.
Trump: “We have built the largest economy in the history of the world.” – Address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: No, the numbers show that it was not the greatest in US history. And he’s the first president since Herbert Hoover in the Depression to leave with fewer jobs than when he started.
Did they have the most registered jobs in the United States before the pandemic? Of course, the population had grown. The unemployment rate of 3.5% before the recession was the lowest in half a century, but the percentage of people working or looking for work was still below its peak in 2000.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer examined Trump’s economic growth record. Trump’s growth averaged 2.48% a year before the pandemic, just slightly better than the 2.41% gains made during Obama’s second term. In contrast, economic expansion, which began in 1982 during Reagan’s presidency, averaged 4.2 percent per year.
TRUMP, for the post-pandemic economy: “It’s a rocket ship up,” he said Wednesday.
THE FACTS: Not so.
There has been no dramatic V-shaped economic recovery under Trump. Employers cut jobs during his last December at the office. However, economists say the additional aid approved in December and the prospect of more than Biden could lead to the strongest growth this year in more than two decades.
Trump: “We have restored job creation in America and achieved record low unemployment for African Americans, Americans from Spain, Asians, women – almost everyone. – address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: It’s not ignition. Job creation actually slowed in 2017, the first year of Trump’s rule, to about 2 million, compared to nearly 2.5 million in 2016, last year of Obama.
Low unemployment refers to a pre-pandemic economy that no longer exists. The pandemic cost the US economy 10 million jobs and made Trump the first president after Hoover to control net job losses. The United States now has about 2.8 million fewer jobs than when Trump was inaugurated, losing 140,000 in December alone. And job losses have fallen disproportionately on black Americans, Spaniards and women.
TRUMP: “We rebuilt the American production base, opened thousands of new factories and returned the beautiful phrase Made in USA.” – address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: This is a stretch. There are now 60,000 fewer jobs in the United States than when Trump took office. Despite the profits before the pandemic, the production base was not exactly “rebuilt”.
Prior to Trump’s coronavirus, nearly 500,000 manufacturing jobs were added, slightly better than the nearly 400,000 won during Obama’s second term. Yet, even before the pandemic, the United States had 4.3 million fewer jobs in the plant than in 2001, the year China joined the World Trade Organization and a stream of cheaper imports from that country entered in USA
Trump: “All Americans were horrified by the attack on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we value as Americans. It can never be tolerated. “- address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: This may summarize the reaction of most Americans, but it neglects his own role in stirring up the anger of his supporters before they organize a violent melee.
For months, Trump claimed the November election was stolen, then invited supporters to Washington and sent them to the Capitol with the urge to “fight like hell.”
As the uprising is still ongoing and the speed of the attack can be seen in videos and reports from the site, Trump released a video telling them to “go home now,” repeating “it was a fraudulent election,” adding, “We love you. You are very special. “
The house impressed Trump, accusing him of inciting an uprising. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, a political ally of Trump for four years, said Tuesday that Trump supporters were “fed with lies” and “provoked by the president and other influential people.”
Trump: “We have rebuilt the US military,” he said Wednesday.
THE FACTS: This is an exaggeration.
It is true that his administration has accelerated the sharp build-up of defense spending, including a postponement of what the US military considered a crippling spending cut in budget sequestration.
But a number of new Pentagon weapons programs, such as the F-35 fighter jet, were launched years before the Trump administration. And it will take years to build, deliver and use freshly ordered tanks, planes and other weapons.
The Air Force’s Minuteman 3 missiles, a key part of the US nuclear force, for example, have been in operation since the early 1970s, and modernization began under the Obama administration. They need to be replaced with a new version, but no later than this decade.
Trump: “We destroyed the caliph of ISIS.” – Address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: His proposal for 100% defeat is misleading, as the Islamic State group still poses a threat.
The Islamic State was defeated in Iraq in 2017, after which it lost its last land tenure in Syria in March 2019, marking the end of the extremists’ self-proclaimed caliphate. Yet extremist dormant cells have continued to carry out attacks in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks and are believed to be responsible for targeted killings of local officials and members of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The ongoing attacks are a sign that the militant group is taking advantage of governments otherwise focused on the pandemic and the ensuing slide into economic chaos. The virus combines long-standing fears among security experts and the United Nations that the group will return.
Trump: “We have imposed historical and monumental tariffs on China. … Our trade relations changed rapidly, billions and billions of dollars poured into the United States, but the virus forced us to move in another direction. “- address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: This is a familiar statement, fundamentally untrue.
It is incorrect to assume that the United States never collected tariffs on Chinese goods before it took action. Tariffs for Chinese goods are simply higher in some cases than they were before. It is also wrong to assume that duties are paid by China.
The tariff money coming into the state treasury is mostly from American companies and consumers, not from China. Tariffs are above all, if not entirely, a tax paid in the country.
Associated Press writers Josh Boak, Robert Burns and Lolita K. Baldor contributed to this report.
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