Fact-checker counts 16K false, misleading claims by Trump in three years

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President Trump has made 16,241 false or misleading claims during his three years in office, according to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker. 

In 2019, Trump reportedly more than doubled the number of false or misleading claims he made compared to his first two years in office combined. Trump made 8,155 suspect claims in 2019, surpassing his 7,688 from 2017 and 2018 combined, the newspaper reported. 

It added that the president averaged more than 22 false or misleading claims a day in 2019. 

Nearly 1,000 of the false and misleading claims last year dealt with Trump’s comments about the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine, which were the subject of his impeachment, according to the Post. Nearly 70 times, Trump claimed a whistleblower complaint about his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was inaccurate. The Post, however, notes the report captured the content of the call and other details of the report have been confirmed. 

The Post added that the president claimed nearly 100 times that his phone call with Zelensky was “perfect,” a claim deemed false or misleading due to alarms raised by White House officials. 

Other common false and misleading claims are about economy or jobs, which the Post’s Fact Checker found made up one in five of Trump’s suspect comments. About one in six are about immigration, according to the Post. 

Nearly 20 percent of Trump’s false and misleading statements stem from his tweets, according to the Post.

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