Sunday June 24, 2018
Trump fans have plenty of places to find out about the president's claims.
This is in response to a letter ("President's successes prove critics wrong," June 8) that asked for a list proving President Donald Trump has lied.
Below are just a couple in the last month.
At an event honoring the mothers and spouses of military members, Trump said that the recently approved budget raised the military's pay for the "first time in 10 years." That isn't true, as the White House admits.
The president, we are told, meant to say that it was the largest pay raise.
Basic pay for the military did increase by 2.4 percent on Jan. 1 - the largest in eight years. But pay increases are determined by a statutory formula, and Trump in fact requested only a 2.1 percent increase, which was the amount of the automatic adjustment for 2018. Congress overrode the president's proposal, and Trump ultimately agreed to fund the increase as determined by federal law.
Another false claim by Trump says that immigration officials "have to break up families" crossing the border illegally because of "bad laws that Democrats gave us."
In the June 17 Reading Eagle, an Associated Press story ("Fact check: Trump on FBI, phantom law on migrant kids") pointed out that there is no such law. Instead, it's the Trump administration's decision to criminally prosecute all immigrants who cross the border illegally that is causing children to be separated from their parents.
His supporters should fact-check all of Trump's statements at factcheck.org, politifact.com, snopes.com or other websites instead of believing everything on Fox News.
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