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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's see-no-evil posture on coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent see-no-evil posture on coronavirus testing — if you don't look for the virus, the cases go away — defies both science and street sense. Yet he took it a step further with a comment suggestin...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Sober science weighs in on Trump's virus take

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's top public health leaders on Tuesday shot down assertions by President Donald Trump that the coronavirus pandemic is under control and the U.S. is excelling in testing for the virus. The pandemic that Trump...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on an AIDS vaccine that doesn't exist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seizing on a medical milestone that doesn't exist, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he thinks the same scientific expertise that produced a vaccine for AIDS can deliver one soon for COVID-19, too. There is no vaccine for AIDS....

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded alarm about what was coming — and already here. That sunlit...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, American exceptionalism and the virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans normally hear from President Donald Trump when he is opining on Twitter, riffing from a rally stage or otherwise improvising. This past week was different as he sat in the Oval Office with a script laid out for him to...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Dems' debate flubs; Trump untruths at rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Democratic presidential debate was a raucous one, ripe for exaggerations and distortions as Mike Bloomberg made his debut on the debate stage and rivals went after him and each other. President Donald Trump weighed in...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's compulsive claims of 'biggest' ever

WASHINGTON (AP) — Size matters to President Donald Trump. So much that he exaggerates continually, sometimes spectacularly, the size of what he does. Just as his tax cuts are far from the biggest in history, the economy isn't the best ever and his...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump suddenly loses interest in stock market

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a faulty take on the Constitution's grounds for impeachment Wednesday as he wrapped up a NATO summit marked by his misstatements on several fronts. Among them, he claimed that he pays no attention...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and his so-they-say accusations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a sophisticated machine at his disposal for gathering and analyzing information: the U.S. government. But many of his inflammatory statements come from another place, an ethereal world where his sources...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's mistold tale of Obama and Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday assailed the Obama administration for being hoodwinked by Iran, making his case with a frequently told and false story about the U.S. giving billions of dollars to Tehran. In an extended news...

 

AP FACT CHECK: The Democratic debates and Trump counterpunch

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his typically boastful rally this past week, Donald Trump placed himself too high in the pantheon of presidents when it comes to getting his judicial picks on federal courts. He's been having a good run on that front but he's n... Full story

 

AP FACT CHECK: Persistent distortions on migrants, economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the Democratic presidential contenders dug in their heels with unsupported rhetoric about immigration, the economy and more in the final debate before the stage shrinks. Several persisted in their distorted depiction of...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Mueller, trade; Dem debate debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — A few months ago, President Donald Trump affirmed that he thought special counsel Robert Mueller acted honorably in the Russia investigation. Now Trump is back in "witch hunt" territory, this time falsely accusing Mueller of...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false statement on military pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is kicking off a flag-waving week with the false statement that he gave troops their first raise in a decade. TRUMP: "You also got very nice pay raises for the last couple of years. Congratulations. Oh, you...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's boasts, blasts and promises at rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted with abandon in launching his 2020 re-election campaign, overreached in excoriating his critics and promised progress on his border wall and health care that is improbable at best. In those...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fog of misinformation on trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast a fog of misinformation over the U.S. trade dispute with China, floating inaccurate numbers and skewed economic theories as big tariffs kicked in on Chinese goods. At stake in the rupture is a trading...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Putin and the no-collusion chorus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "no-collusion" chorus sang loudly this past week, with President Donald Trump in full-throated roar and even Russian President Vladimir Putin chiming in. The upshot: substantial misrepresentations of what the special counsel's...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump knew WikiLeaks until he didn't

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump knew WikiLeaks until he didn't. With his government seeking to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Trump is drawing a blank on a hacking organization he praised to the rafters during the 2016...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's tortured flips on border, health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump beat a retreat on two fronts this past week, the border and health care, and offered tortured explanations both times. He got his family history wrong in a speech that also drew a link between wind power...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's relentless drive to be given credit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's relentless drive to be given credit for all manner of things suffused his speech to Michigan supporters this past week. These efforts are largely familiar by now: He counts job gains from the Obama era as...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fabrications on autos, health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rallying in Michigan, President Donald Trump bragged Thursday night about a surging auto industry that isn't surging, a Republican rescue for health care that has yet to take shape, a "total" exoneration in the Russia...

 

AP FACT CHECK: McCain can't respond but his record speaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says John McCain failed his fellow veterans, stained public policy and took anti-Trump fake news to the FBI before the 2016 election. McCain can't respond but his record speaks. Trump misrepresented it, on...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says no more planes or cows under Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let Democrats have their way, President Donald Trump suggested, and the United States will become a country without border security, airplanes or cows. Trump warned of a variety of dire consequences from the Democratic playbook...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump goes wall to wall on the wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Never mind the chants, the roars, the repetition. President Donald Trump acknowledged this past week he didn't mean it when he told crowds over and over that Mexico would pay — actually pay — for the wall. Mexico will pay...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's super-talkative, fact-busting week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump held forth on all manner of things this past week as he emerged from a "lonely" spell over the holidays. He opined for more than 90 minutes to the press, at the top of a Cabinet meeting, on the shutdown,...

 

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