Politifact: Trump claim that he signed more first-year bills than any other president is ‘false’
President Trump’s claim this week that he has signed more bills than any other first-year president was rated as “false” by Politifact on Friday, which pointed out Trump actually ranks last among modern commanders in chief when it comes to legislation.
“You know, one of the things that people don’t understand — we have signed more legislation than anybody. We broke the record of Harry Truman,” Trump said at a firehouse in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday.
However, the fact-checking website found that Trump has in fact signed the least amount of legislation during his first calendar year in office compared to every other post-World War II president. The website gave Trump’s statement a ranking of “false.”
Other fact-checkers also pounced on the claim.
A govtrack.us report published last week, before Trump signed GOP tax reform and a spending bill into law, found that “Trump has sunk to last place with 94 bills signed into law by his 336th day in office (today).”
Trump scored his first major legislative victory by signing the Republican tax overhaul into law last week.
But even after signing the two last bills of 2017, Trump still trailed former President George W. Bush by eight pieces of legislation, according to govtrack.
However, the tally for Trump’s signed pieces of legislation does not include the deregulatory actions and executive orders he has taken.
The administration announced earlier this month that it had withdrawn or delayed 1,579 planned regulatory actions in 2017, and Trump said they had eliminated 22 regulations for every new rule.
The fact-checking publication did not compare Trump’s track record to those of Presidents Truman, Ford and Lyndon B. Johnson because they took office in the middle of a congressional session.
However, the website did note that Truman had signed 126 pieces of legislation during his first 100 days in office, which would put his total above Trump’s.
Politifact had found earlier this year that former press secretary Sean Spicer’s statement that Trump had “worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any president since Truman” was “mostly true.”