Trump frequently makes false statements, large and small, unintentionally or otherwise. Politifact, a Pulitzer-prize winning service that evaluates the statements of politicians for their honesty, awarded his 2015 political statements with their "Lie of the Year" designation. According to their statistics, 4 percent of his statements are true. Eleven percent are "mostly true." Another 15 percent are "half true." The remaining 70 percent range from "mostly false" to "pants on fire." (Source: Politifact.)
See also Assaults on Facts.
|1988.03.27||Trump is videotaped with mob leader he later claims he never met. yahoo.com (See also Criminality)|
|2002.9.11||Trump tells Howard Stern he guesses he supports invading Iraq. soundcloud.com |
Trump will later claim he was opposed to the war.
|2015.07.14||Trump says Obamacare never worked and costed $5 billion. politifact.com (See also 2016 Campaign)|
|2015.07.17||Trump falsely claims to be ten times as popular as anyone else on Google. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Campaign, claims)|
|2015.07.20||Donald Trump claims if you're from Syria and a Christian, you can't come to the U.S. as a refugee. politifact.com (See also Immigration, Syria, Muslim Immigration Ban, 2016 Campaign)|
This is false - there is nothing in the US laws or regulations that discriminates against Christian refugees
|2015.07.29||Trump calls attorney Elizabeth Beck a "vicious, horrible person" for recounting a 2011 incident in which he called her "disgusting" for needing to pump breast milk. cnn.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Assaults on Facts, Women)|
|2016.02.25||In a Republican primary debate, Trump falsely claims he cannot release his tax returns because they are under audit. politico.com (See also Trump Taxes, 2016 Campaign)|
There is no legal restriction preventing him from releasing his tax returns even if he's being audited. They are his to release if he sees fit to do so.
|2016.08.24||Chicago Police say Trump lied about a meeting where he says they told him they could stop crime within a week if they were allowed to, "be tough." mediaite.com (See also 2016 Campaign)|
|2016.09.06||Trump mangles facts on Clinton and Haiti jobs project in a speech, claiming Clinton ignored environmental and labor rules. politifact.com (See also 2016 Campaign)|
|2016.09.09||During debate, Trump falsely claims Clinton won't mention "radical Islamic terrorists." politifact.com |
In response to a question by a Muslim woman about anti-Muslim bias during the town hall presidential debate, Donald Trump said that the United States has a problem with "radical Islamic terr...
|2016.09.09||Trump falsely claims Hillary Clinton "vicious" with women who charged abuse by Bill Clinton. politifact.com |
Donald Trump said at the second presidential debate that his lewd 2005 comments were "locker room talk," but what Bill and Hillary Clinton did was much worse. "If you look at Bill Clint...
|2016.09.09||Trump falsely claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers endorsed him. politifact.com (See also 2016 Campaign)|
|2016.09.09||Trump wildly overstates number of requests for help Ambassador Christopher Stevens sent from Benghazi. politifact.com|
|2016.09.15||Trump claims NAFTA has "horribly, horribly hurt" New York. Manufacturing jobs are down, but NAFTA is not the clear cause. politifact.com|
|2016.09.26||In a presidential debate, Trump repeats his false claim that he cannot release his tax returns because he is under audit. latimes.com (See also Trump Taxes)|
|2016.09.28||In a untrue claim at a campaign rally, Trump says Hillary Clinton 'gave up' one-fifth of U.S. uranium to Russia. politifact.com|
|2016.10.09||Trump falsely claims in a presidential debate that investor Warren Buffett took a larger tax deduction than Trump did. politifact.com (See also Trump Taxes)|
|2016.10.10||Trump claims "I've been proven right" that Clinton wants open borders so anyone can enter United States. politifact.com|
|2016.10.13||Trump falsely asserts in a speech that workers are making less than they did 20 years ago despite working harder. politifact.com |
Donald Trump attracted the most attention at an Oct. 13 rally in Florida for denying allegations that he had groped multiple women and for floating a variety of conspiracy theories. But he also offere...
|2016.10.19||In a presidential debate Trump claims Clinton's tax plan will "double your taxes." This is untrue. politifact.com|
|2016.10.19||In a presidential debate Trump falsely claims Clinton wants "open borders." politifact.com (See also Immigrants)|
Donald Trump says that Hillary Clinton wants open borders — a charge he has leveled again after an excerpt of one of her speeches leaked in a hacked email. "We have no country if we have no...
|2016.10.19||Trump falsely claims that Chicago has more gun violence despite "stringent gun laws." politifact.com (See also Fa)|
|2016.10.25||Trump claims the wife of the person in charge of investigating Hillary Clinton's email received a $675,000 payment. politifact.com|
|2016.11.01||Trump falsely claims in a campaign speech that people's health care costs more than their mortgages or rents for the first time in U.S. history. politifact.com|
|2016.11.02||Video is uncovered showing Trump with mob leader he previously denied knowing. yahoo.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Assaults on Facts)|
|2016.11.04||Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in 1996 before she received legal authorization to work in the United States, despite her claims she obeyed immigration laws. washingtonpost.com (See also Melania Trump, Immigrants)|
|2016.12.02||Trump tells Cincinnati rally that violent crime is at a 45-year high. qz.com (See also Presidential Transition)|
It's actually at a 51-year low, according to latest FBI data.
|2016.12.04||Pence tries to defend Trump’s false claim that "millions" voted illegally. washingtonpost.com (See also Mike Pence, Assaults on Facts, 2016 Election)|
It's an awkward 3-minute exchange.
|2016.12.26||Newt Gingrich admits Donald Trump doesn't have plan to beat ISIS. independent.co.uk (See also Presidential Transition, ISIS, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.01.06||Trump tweets that "Activities by foreign governments had 'absolutely no effect on the outcome of this election'." This is false. politifact.com|
|2017.01.09||Trump says D.C.’s dress shops are sold out of inauguration gowns, but Neiman Marcus says they have ample stock. washingtonpost.com|
|2017.01.14||Falsely claims Georgia's 5th congressional district, represented by John Lewis, is "in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)." politifact.com|
|2017.01.15||Trump claims to cancel MLK day visit to African American history museum, but was never planning on being in Washington DC in the first place. nydailynews.com (See also Racism)|
|2017.01.17||General Motors announced a $1B U.S. investment, but the company stresses that this move was not influenced by the president-elect. nbcnews.com (See also Jobs)|
|2017.01.20||Sean Spicer's first news conference pushes a lie, and it's part of a pattern. weeklystandard.com (See also Sean Spicer)|
|2017.01.21||AP Fact check: Trump overstates crowd size at inaugural. apnewsarchive.com (See also First 100 Days)|
"THE FACTS: Trump is wrong. Photos of the National Mall from his inauguration make clear that the crowd did not extend to the Washington Monument. Large swaths of empty space are visible on the Mall."
|2017.01.21||Donald Trump lies about the number of people at his inauguration buzzfeed.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.01.21||In his remarks to the CIA, Trump falsely claims that it was "sunny" during his inaugural address the previous day, when in fact a light rain fell throughout his address. nytimes.com|
|2017.01.21||Official statement by Sean Spicer attacking accurate reporting of inaugural crowds. whitehouse.gov (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.01.21||Trump and his press secretary falsely accuse press of underestimating the size of inauguration crowds and inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies over Russian election meddling. nytimes.com (See also Feuds, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.01.21||Trump says media are "among the most dishonest human beings on Earth" during speech at CIA headquarters. money.cnn.com (See also Feuds, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.01.21||Trump’s press secretary lashes out at press for accurately reporting inauguration attendance. washingtonpost.com (See also Feuds, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.01.22||Spicer earns Four Pinocchios for false claims on inauguration crowd size. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.01.22||Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway says Trump’s team has "alternative facts." washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
When asked why the president uttered a provable falsehood about the size of his inauguration crowd, Conway said the interviewer shouldn't be "so overly dramatic about it."
|2017.01.22||Trump press secretary Kellyanne Conway calls false statements about the size of the inauguration crowd "alternative facts." nbcnews.com (See also Kellyanne Conway, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.01.22||Trump won’t release his tax returns because people don’t care and they voted for him, but 74 percent of Americans want him to do so. washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Taxes, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.01.23||Sean Spicer lies for second straight day about inauguration ratings and statistics. vulture.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
Regardless of how Spicer and the Trump administration want to spin the numbers, or play cute with language, all available evidence suggests Trump’s inauguration fell far short of being the historical juggernaut they claim it was.
|2017.01.23||Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary defends his false statements about inauguration crowds And makes some new questionable claims. motherjones.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.01.23||Trump tells lawmakers 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote. There is no evidence this occurred. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Election)|
|2017.01.23||Trump’s press secretary said the federal workforce has seen a "dramatic expansion." It has not. vox.com (See also Jobs, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.01.23||Without evidence, Trump tells lawmakers 3-5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Election, Unpresidential Behavior, Assaults on Facts)|
There is no evidence of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 election.
|2017.01.24||Trump Spokesman Sean Spicer reiterated Trump's claim again, with zero evidence that millions of people voted illegally. buzzfeed.com (See also Assaults on Facts, 2016 Election, Sean Spicer)|
The president believed millions voted illegally based on "studies" but he did not elaborate on what those studies were.
|2017.01.25||Trump tells a story about Bernhard Langer, riddled with falsehoods and racism, to House and Senate leaders to justify voter fraud investigation. nytimes.com (See also Racism)|
|2017.01.26||Trump falsely claims two people were killed in Chicago during Obama's farewell speech. buzzfeed.com (See also Assaults on Facts)|
Chicago Police confirm that there were no fatal shootings on January 10th, the day of Obama's speech.
|2017.01.26||Trump falsely told a group of Republican lawmakers that the murder rate in Philadelphia is “just terribly increasing.” buzzfeed.com |
The homicide rate in Philadelphia has been steadily declining over the past decade.
|2017.01.26||Trump repeated his false claim that there was rampant voter fraud in the election washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.02.02||Kellyanne Conway defends Muslim ban by citing a nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre" supposedly carried out by Iraqi refugees. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigrants, Iraq)|
|2017.02.03||The Star’s running tally of Trump's bald-faced lies, exaggerations and deceptions: all 42 false things Trump has said since the inauguration. thestar.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.04||Trump posts a report falsely claiming Kuwait issued a visa ban on Muslim majority nations to his Facebook page. buzzfeed.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Assaults on Facts)|
The report claimed that Kuwait had also issued a visa ban on several Muslim-majority countries after President Trump's immigration order. They didn't.
|2017.02.06||Trump accuses media of intentionally covering terrorist attacks. washingtonpost.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.06||White House press secretary Sean Spicer resurrects repeatedly debunked false claims that people protesting President Donald Trump are actually bankrolled by well-funded progressive organizations to discredit anti-Trump protests. mediamatters.org (See also Assaults on Facts, Attempts to Discredit Media, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.02.07||As Trump falsely claims widespread voter fraud, Republican-led committee divides along party lines over independent election commission meant to help states improve voting systems and votes to eliminate them. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud, Assaults on Facts, Corruption)|
|2017.02.07||In meeting with sheriffs, Trump repeats false murder rate statistic when the rate is in fact near historic lows, at less than half its peak. npr.org (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.07||Jack Tapper questions Conway sharply about Trump’s false claims politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.07||The full list of Trump's 'under-reported' terror attacks – and how they were reported worldwide. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
What does the White House’s choice of ‘cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report’ tell us?
|2017.02.07||Trump faults media while lying about murder rate money.cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.07||Trump lies to a group of sheriffs about the U.S. murder rate being its highest in 45 to 47 years. It's at the lowest point in 50 years. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.07||Trump tells Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly that the media and other critics are wrong when they attempt to characterize his policies as anti-Muslim or anti-black. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Racism, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.07||Trump: "I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!" twitter.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russia)|
|2017.02.08||Press Secretary Sean Spicer cites Atlanta terror attack that never happened. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.02.08||Trump wrong that murder rate is highest in 47 years politifact.com (See also First 100 Days, Public Safety)|
|2017.02.08||White House claim that media underreported terrorism comes straight from right-wing fringe sites. mediamatters.org (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.09||Flynn is said to have talked to Russians about sanctions before Trump took office raising the prospect that Trump’s national security adviser violated the Logan Act, a law against private citizens’ engaging in diplomacy. mobile.nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Michael Flynn, Russia, Constitutional Issues)|
|2017.02.09||Sean Spicer corrected his contention that a terror attack took place in Atlanta, saying he meant Orlando despite having repeated the statement three different times. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.02.12||Policy advisor Stephen Miller advances false claims about voter fraud and says White House will fight for Muslim immigration ban. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Voter Fraud, Stephen Miller)|
|2017.02.12||Top Trump aide Stephen Miller spreads voter-fraud claims that have been repeatedly found to be exaggerated or false. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Stephen Miller, Voter Fraud)|
|2017.02.12||Trump lies on Twitter, claiming Bernie Sanders called CNN "fake news." Sanders was making a joke about Trump's opinion on CNN. politifact.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.14||No non-citizens voted in voter fraud case cited by White House Trump’s deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.16||University of Pennsylvania’s student-run newspaper reports that school records show Trump did not graduate in the top 15 percent of his class in 1968 despite his claims. phillyvoice.com|
|2017.02.18||Trump cites non-existent terrorist attack ‘last night in Sweden’ to justify Muslim ban at Florida rally rawstory.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.22||Russian officials contradict Trump's claim that his campaign team had no contact with Russia by admitting they had been in contact with members of his staff. independent.co.uk (See also First 100 Days, Trump, Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.24||Trump falsely claims that Obamacare covers ‘very few people.’ politico.com (See also obamacare, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.24||Trump tells a conservative group that journalists are the "enemy of the people," accusing reporters of endangering nation for printing news that makes him look bad, then his press secretary bars journalists from major media from a daily White House briefing. nytimes.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.28||Trump says Obama is helping to organize protests against his presidency. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
There is no evidence that Obama has been personally involved in mobilizing opposition to Trump
|2017.03.07||Trump incorrectly blames Barack Obama, not George W. Bush, for the release of more than 100 Guantánamo captives who U.S. intelligence agencies consider recidivists. miamiherald.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.10||In his first 50 days in office, Donald Trump has made 219 false or misleading statements. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, First 100 Days)|
Throughout President Trump’s first 100 days, the Fact Checker team will be tracking false and misleading claims made by the president since Jan. 20.
|2017.03.12||Trump refuses to say if he's donating presidential salary, despite promising to do so on "60 Minutes." nbcnews.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.13||Department of Justice asks for more time to respond to a request from lawmakers for evidence about Trump's allegation that then-President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 election campaign. reuters.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.06.05||Trump announced a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia in May to much fanfare, but the only problem is that it doesn't exist. brookings.edu (See also Saudi Arabia, Corruption)|
|2017.06.22||Trump claimed Mexico is the second deadliest country in the world. It's not. buzzfeed.com (See also Mexico, Mexico Wall, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.06.22||Trump delivered speeches from factories at Boeing and Carrier, taking credit for the jobs he was saving, but they are now cutting hundreds of those positions. buzzfeed.com (See also Jobs, Domestic Policy)|
|2017.06.29||The Trump administration has appointed an activist who led a campaign to restrict bathroom access for transgender students to the office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the US Agency for International Development. buzzfeed.com (See also LGBTQIA, Women)|
|2017.07.07||The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories, going far beyond the Trump administration’s publicly stated aims to only target "the worst" criminals. propublica.org (See also Immigrants)|
|2017.07.17||Trump says he has signed more bills than any President ever. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Narcissism)|
|2017.07.25||Trump falsely claimed that the crowd size at his Boy Scout Jamboree speech was "record-setting." buzzfeed.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Narcissism)|
The largest jamboree on record was in 1960, the Boy Scouts of America told BuzzFeed News.
|2017.08.02||Trump is apparently lying about two phone calls during which he claims officials called him to offer him praise - one from the President of Mexico about immigration, and another from the Boy Scouts. thinkprogress.org (See also Assaults on Facts, Mexico, Immigration, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.08.03||The Washington Post on Thursday published transcripts of Trump’s January phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia — and they include plenty of bizarre, surreal, and stunning moments. buzzfeed.com (See also Foreign Policy, Mexico Wall, Mexico, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.08.09||Despite Trump's tweet claiming that his first order as president was to renovate and modernize the nuclear arsenal, experts called his statement "completely false," "a total lie," "patently absurd," and "misleading." buzzfeed.com (See also North Korea)|
Experts called Trump's tweet claiming that his first order as president was to renovate and modernize the nuclear arsenal "completely false."
|2017.08.10||About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can address large-scale voter fraud, which is not a problem in the United States. washingtonpost.com (See also Fascism, Assaults on Facts)|
A significant number of Republicans would support flagrant violations of democratic norms.
|2017.08.10||Sam Clovis, Donald Trump's pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, pushed unfounded theories about then-President Barack Obama's upbringing and called then-Attorney General Eric Holder a "racist black." cnn.com (See also Department of Agriculture, Racism)|
Sam Clovis, Donald Trump's pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, pushed unfounded theories about then-President Barack Obama's upbringing and called then-Attorney General Eric Holder a "racist black," a CNN KFile review of Clovis's writings and radio broadcasts during 2012 and 2013 has found.
|2017.08.16||Trump’s personal lawyer forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter “has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.” nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Black Americans)|
|2017.09.03||The Justice Department said in a court filing that it has no evidence to support Donald Trump's assertion that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower before last year's election. cnn.com (See also Legal Issues, Department of Justice)|
|2017.09.10||Donald Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, spent the day sharing with the world videos of Hurricane Irma’s fury in Florida - even fraudulent ones that had to be corrected by the Miami International Airport. washingtonpost.com (See also Administration Errors)|
|2017.09.15||Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be “workmanlike,” and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. apnews.com (See also Unprecedented Actions)|
Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president’s residence in Washington, but nothing has yet gone to charity.
|2017.09.18||Donald Trump’s tweet about long gas lines in North Korea has residents puzzled, as there are no lines at the few service stations in Pyongyang, a city of about 2 million people. washingtonpost.com (See also North Korea)|
|2017.09.27||A list of things Donald Trump said would happen "soon." nytimes.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2017.09.27||Despite what Donald Trump says publicly, the tax plan that his administration outlined is a potentially huge windfall for the wealthiest Americans - including Trump and his cabinet - would not directly benefit the bottom third of the population, and provide mixed to modest results for the middle class. nytimes.com (See also Trump Taxes, Trump Cabinet, Economy)|
|2017.09.29||The Republican tax plan promoted by Donald Trump this week as a middle-class tax cut would instead overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans and businesses. nytimes.com (See also Trump Taxes)|
|2017.10.03||Despite Donald Trump saying that Puerto Rico's debt would be "wiped out," his budget chief, Mick Mulvaney said that we should not take the president's words literally. bloomberg.com (See also Administration Errors, Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget)|
|2017.10.03||Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, saying it wasn't a "real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrina. buzzfeed.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.10.08||Donald Trump today claims to have invented the word "fake," referring to it as “one of the greatest of all terms” that he’s come up with, and though acknowledged that “other people have used it, perhaps, over the years,” it’s not something he ever noticed. avclub.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.10.08||Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, North Korea, Iran, Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, John Kelly)|
|2017.10.10||As of his 264th day in office, Donald Trump has made 1,318 false claims, averaging five lies a day, even picking up pace since the six-month mark. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Assaults on Facts, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2017.10.13||Donald Trump and Republican leaders have positioned a proposed repeal of the estate tax as a way to help farmers, ranchers and small business owners, but Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, offered a significant concession about who would benefit the most if the so-called death tax disappears: the rich. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin)|
|2017.10.13||The head of a government bureau responsible for clearing background checks told lawmakers Wednesday he has "never seen that level of mistakes" when asked about numerous omissions in Jared Kushner's security clearance application. cnn.com (See also Jared Kushner)|
|2017.10.16||Four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were killed earlier this month while on patrol in Niger, yet Donald Trump’s silence on their deaths has been notable, as 10 days have passed without any comment from the White House — 10 days during which Trump visited his golf club in Sterling, Va., five times, until today when he claimed that Barack Obama didn't call families of the fallen either. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.10.17||White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to Donald Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads to an increase in abortion, spousal abuse, divorce and infertility. washingtonpost.com (See also Trade, NAFTA)|
|2017.10.18||Donald Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said, until this was exposed in the media. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.10.18||The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa said Wednesday that Donald Trump “did disrespect my son” with remarks in a condolence telephone call, by saying he “must have known what he signed up for.” washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.10.19||CIA Director Mike Pompeo incorrectly asserted Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia's interference campaign did not affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. nbcnews.com (See also 2016 Election, Mike Pompeo, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.10.19||Donald Trump made several false statements to try and rebut a Florida congresswoman’s account of a call between him and the widow of a soldier killed in Niger, accusing her of listening in on the conversation and telling a “total lie” to the media. politico.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Racism)|
|2017.10.19||Donald Trump touted his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, giving the federal relief effort a “10,” despite the fact that 80% of the island has no power and 30% has no fresh water. abcnews.go.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.10.20||Chief of Staff John Kelly incorrectly told reporters from the White House podium that Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson claimed she "got the money" for a new FBI building at its dedication in 2015, as video of Wilson's speech at the event shows that she took credit for securing quick approval for naming the building after deceased FBI agents but never mentioned funding. axios.com (See also John Kelly, Administration Errors, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.10.20||Donald Trump has erroneously stoked racial fears by falsely linking a rise in recorded crime in England and Wales to the “spread of radical Islamic terror” in his latest outburst on Twitter. theguardian.com (See also Racism, Muslims, Assaults on Facts)|
The data in the report barely mentions terrorism, as it is dwarfed by the 5.2 million offences tracked that year.
|2017.10.20||In the hours after Donald Trump said on an Oct. 17 radio broadcast that he had contacted nearly every family that had lost a military service member this year, the White House was hustling to even learn from the Pentagon the identities and contact information for those families, as they did not have an updated list of those who had been killed. rollcall.com (See also Administration Errors)|
|2017.10.20||The White House’s aggressive effort to discredit a congresswoman from Florida who criticized Donald Trump over a military condolence call ran into a new set of problems Friday when a video emerged showing that the chief of staff had made false claims about her. washingtonpost.com (See also John Kelly, Administration Errors)|
|2017.10.21||The Trump administration is scrambling to defend the president’s characterization of his communications with grieving military families, including rush-delivering letters from the president to the families of service members killed months ago, despite his false claim that he had called “virtually” all fallen service members’ families since his time in office. theatlantic.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.10.24||Republican Senator Bob Corker, when asked in an interview if he should have backed Trump's presidential campaign, said he "would not do that again." He also said Trump has "great difficulty with the truth" and that "debasing" the US would be his prime legacy as President. cnn.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.10.24||Senator Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who has tangled with Donald Trump for months, declared on the Senate floor that he “will no longer be complicit or silent” in the face of the president’s “reckless, outrageous and undignified” behavior. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.10.25||House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R) suggested that his upcoming tax bill could force changes to 401(k) plans and other retirement accounts, a move that would buck a promise from Dondald Trump that those accounts would be left alone. washingtonpost.com (See also Administration Errors)|
Trump promised not to touch tax benefits for 401(k)s and other retirement accounts.
|2017.10.25||Ten months after Trump's Keystone event, he has yet to deliver on his pledge to boost the fortunes of American steel, as two self-imposed deadlines for trade action, one in June and one in July, have come and gone, while the prospect of tariffs has led to a surge of cheap foreign steel into the U.S., with imports rising 24 percent in 2017, the fastest increase in years, and an oligarch-owned steel company is instead winning pipeline contracts. bloomberg.com (See also Hypocrisy, Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.10.26||Despite claiming over and over again that his tax proposal is the biggest ever, Donald Trump is wrong. politifact.com (See also Trump Taxes, Economy)|
|2017.10.27||Donald Trump said publicly that all of the 16 women who have claimed that he sexually harassed them are lying, and this is "fake news," but there are corroborators. washingtonpost.com (See also Women, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.11.06||Nearly half of all middle-class families would pay more in taxes in 2026 than they would under current rules if the proposed House tax bill became law, and about 33% would pay more in 2018, a striking finding for a bill promoted by Donald Trump and congressional Republicans as a middle-class tax cut. nytimes.com (See also Economy, Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin)|
Millions of middle-class families — particularly those with children — would see an immediate tax increase, averaging about $2,000.
|2017.11.07||Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump' campaign whose visit to Moscow during the election has drawn scrutiny, send an email to fellow Trump aides during his trip describing "a private conversation" with a senior Russian official who spoke favorably of the Republican candidate, contradicting past statements about this trip to Russia. washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.11.07||For 13 years, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has been telling Forbes and everyone else that he's a billionaire, but he has been lying about a missing $2 billion. forbes.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce)|
|2017.11.08||Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for Donald Trump, said Tuesday night his “memory has been refreshed” regarding his email exchange with Carter Page in which the former foreign policy adviser requested Lewandowski’s permission to travel to Moscow. politico.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.11.13||One of Donald Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees did not disclose on publicly available congressional documents that he is married to a senior lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office. nytimes.com (See also Corruption, Legal Issues, Conflicts of Interest)|
When Brett J. Talley was asked to name family members who might be a conflict of interest, he did not mention that his wife is Ann Donaldson, the White House counsel’s chief of staff, Donald McGahn.
|2017.11.14||In the past 35 days, Trump has averaged an astonishing nine false claims a day, adding to his total of 1,628 claims in 298 days, or an average of 5.5 claims a day, putting him on track to reach 2,000 by the end of his first year in office. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Unpresidential Behavior, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.11.15||The truth about Trump’s bizarre claim that Obama ‘never got to land’ in the Philippines. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.11.20||Donald Trump's foundation, which last year admitted violating federal rules on "self-dealing," is in the process of dissolving. nbcnews.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption)|
|2017.11.20||Donald Trump’s golf courses paid back more than $158,000 to Trump’s charitable foundation this year, reimbursing the charity for money that had been used to settle a lawsuit against the club. washingtonpost.com (See also Corruption, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.22||Donald Trump's team insists he has a ‘full schedule’ an hour before he goes golfing. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.11.25||Donald Trump now says that it wasn't him on the Access Hollywood Tape where he boasted about sexually assaulting women. nymag.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Misogyny, Women)|
Narrator: It was.
|2017.11.29||Donald Trump lied when he said that he won't benefit from the proposed GOP tax plan, when in fact, Trump and his family could save more than $1 billion. nbcnews.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.11.30||The Treasury Department’s inspector general is examining whether political considerations interfered with Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s promised analysis of the Republican tax proposal. bloomberg.com (See also Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, Corruption)|
|2017.12.02||While Donald Trump has called claims of unusual contacts with Russia a “hoax,” emails show top administration aides closely tracked Michael T. Flynn’s calls to the Russian ambassador. nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Michael Flynn, Legal Issues)|
|2017.12.03||As the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation draws closer to him, President Trump on Sunday unleashed an extraordinary assault on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, calling it a biased institution whose reputation for fairness was “in tatters.” nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Unprecedented Actions, Russian Meddling in Election, Michael Flynn)|
|2017.12.03||Despite apologizing over a year ago for bathroom talk, and Trump now saying that he didn't think it was his voice on the tape, Billy Bush clearly affirmed, "he said it. 'grab 'em by the pussy.'" nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Women, Misogyny)|
|2017.12.03||Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year. newsweek.com (See also Jared Kushner, Israel, Unprecedented Actions)|
Yet another omission was discovered on Jared Kushner’s financial disclosure forms Friday, as news broke of his reported involvement in attempting to sway a U.N. Security Council vote before Donald Trump became president.
|2017.12.04||A construction company owned in part by the governments of Saudi Arabia and South Korea plans to build a Trump-branded luxury resort development in Indonesia despite a vow from Donald Trump that his family business would not make any deals with foreign government entities while he serves as president. mcclatchydc.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Trump Business, Saudi Arabia)|
|2017.12.04||John Dowd, Donald Trump's outside lawyer, outlined a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice. axios.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election)|
Note that the Articles of Impeachment against Richard Nixon began by saying he "obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice."
|2017.12.04||K.T. McFarland, a former aide to President Trump, told a senator that she did not talk with Michael T. Flynn about his contacts with a Russian official, but recently surfaced emails suggest she knew of a key phone call. nytimes.com (See also Michael Flynn, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.12.05||Democrats have placed a hold on the nomination of KT McFarland to be ambassador to Singapore until she answers their questions about her knowledge of communications between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. cnn.com (See also Michael Flynn, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.12.06||Donald Trump Jr., while being interviewed privately by the House Intelligence Committee following disclosures that Democrats say must be explored in the probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia before the 2016 election, said that he couldn't answer questions about what he told his father after a controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, citing attorney-client privilege. bloomberg.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
That's not how attorney-client privilege works.
|2017.12.07||The British publicist who arranged the June 2016 meeting with Russians and Donald Trump Jr. sent multiple emails to a Russian participant and a member of Donald Trump's inner circle later that summer, the first indication there was any follow-up after the meeting. cnn.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia, 2016 Campaign)|
|2017.12.08||FCC Chair Ajit Pai says the agency's net-neutrality rules are discouraging investment, leaving consumers with fewer, and less robust, choices for internet service, and potentially widening the digital divide, but broadband providers' own financial reports tell a different story. wired.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.12.10||Trump falsely stated that black home ownership has hit a record high under his stewardship, and made the dubious claim that he set Canada’s prime minister straight on the state of trade between the two countries, among many other false statements at a rally in Pensacola, Florida. apnews.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Black Americans, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.12.11||Donald Trump is taking credit for killing hundreds of regulations that were already dead in the first place. bloomberg.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.12.11||The U.S. Treasury Department released a one-page analysis of the GOP's proposed tax reform plan, acknowledging that the tax plan will not pay for itself via economic growth, despite Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin having regularly made such a claim. axios.com (See also Steven Mnuchin, Department of the Treasury)|
Instead, getting into the black would require "a combination of regulatory reform, infrastructure development, and welfare reform."
|2017.12.12||Donald Trump made three provably false statements in a single tweet. cnn.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Russia, Women, Legal Issues, Misogyny, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2017.12.12||Following reports that Wilbur Ross vastly overvalued his wealth and failed to disclose his holdings in a Russian shipping company partly owned by Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law, whose long relationship with Donald Trump has been tested by the disclosures, is facing scrutiny by European lawmakers over allegations that he engaged in insider trading related to his 2014 sale of shares in the Bank of Ireland. motherjones.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce, Conflicts of Interest, Corruption, Criminality)|
|2017.12.13||Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety division withdrew his name from consideration for the post in the face of mounting opposition, due to his studies which often bolstered safety claims by manufacturers of pesticides, flame retardants and other products listed as possible public health hazards. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Rejected or Withdrawn Appointments, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.12.14||Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appeared in a video promoting the end of net neutrality regulations with a woman who has been accused of pushing the false "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory. buzzfeed.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
Objectively speaking, it's a terrible video.
|2017.12.14||Donald Trump’s supporters asked us to compare his lies to the number of lies from Obama and other presidents - we did. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2017.12.20||The Republican tax bill doesn't actually simplify the tax code, as most of the loopholes of the current system are still in place. fivethirtyeight.com (See also Economy)|
|2017.12.20||The White House turned over records this fall to special counsel Robert Mueller revealing that in the very first days of the Trump presidency, Don McGahn researched federal law dealing both with lying to federal investigators and with violations of the Logan Act, a centuries-old federal law that prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. foreignpolicy.com (See also Michael Flynn, Trump Relationship with Russia, Legal Activity)|
|2017.12.21||Donald Trump insisted for months that he wouldn't benefit from the tax bill, but now that it has been signed into law, his press secretary has finally admitted he will. msnbc.com (See also Reversals, Economy, Conflicts of Interest, Corruption)|
|2017.12.22||Donald Trump is in Florida for a prolonged visit at Mar-A-Lago, as he has now visited his own properties over 100 times as President. cnn.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Corruption)|
|2017.12.22||Donald Trump promised to protect steel while campaigning, but his pledge to do something has actually done more harm than good, as layoffs are coming instead. nytimes.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Jobs)|
|2017.12.22||Donald Trump’s plan to abolish a tax break for hedge-fund managers was kept out of the final tax overhaul legislation -- an act of defiance by congressional leaders who exploited a split among Trump’s advisers. bloomberg.com (See also Steven Mnuchin, Economy, Hypocrisy, Reversals)|
|2017.12.26||Donald Trump has spent nearly one-third of his time in office this year at one of the properties that either bear his name or that his family company owns. cnn.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Corruption)|
|2017.12.26||Donald Trump’s 60 worst tweets of 2017. thinkprogress.org (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.12.27||Trump falsely claimed he broke a legislative record, saying that he had signed more legislation than any of his predecessors, while he has actually signed the fewest number of bills into law of any first-year president dating back to Dwight Eisenhower. politico.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.01.03||The White House announced Wednesday that Donald Trump is dissolving his voter fraud commission after states failed to hand over requested information. thehill.com (See also Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression, 2016 Election, Reversals)|
|2018.01.10||With just 10 days before he finishes his first year as president, Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims in 355 days - an average of more than 5.6 claims a day. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Assaults on Facts, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.01.11||Donald Trump in October promised to "liberate" Americans from the "scourge of addiction," officially declaring a 90-day public health emergency that would urgently mobilize the federal government to tackle the opioid epidemic, but that declaration runs out on Jan. 23, virtually nothing of consequence has been done. politico.com (See also Domestic Policy, Unpresidential Behavior)|
Trump has not formally proposed any new resources or spending, typically the starting point for any emergency response.
|2018.01.11||Donald Trump stood with the Norwegian Prime Minister and announced that the U.S-made F-52s fighter aircraft was delivered to Norway, but the “F-52” is a fictional jet only available to fly if you’re a gamer at the controls of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare washingtonpost.com (See also Foreign Policy, Russia)|
|2018.01.12||Donald Trump has cancelled a visit to Britain next month to open the new US embassy in London, amid fears of mass protests, despite his inaccurate tweets that claim other reasons. theguardian.com (See also Foreign Policy)|
|2018.01.12||Donald Trump is on track to exceed 2,000 false or misleading claims during his first year in office. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2018.02.01||Donald Trump continues to tell his associates he believes the highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools could help discredit the Russia investigation. cnn.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Corruption)|
|2018.02.01||Donald Trump incorrectly tweeted that more people watched him deliver the State of the Union than at any point in history, with a viewership of 45.6 million. buzzfeed.com (See also Assaults on Facts)|
Two million more people watched President Barack Obama deliver the same speech in 2010.
|2018.02.01||The FBI agent accused of undermining Donald Trump and being sympathetic to Hilary Clinton has been revealed as the initial author of a controversial FBI decision that upended Clinton's campaign just days before the 2016 election: the letter to Congress by then-FBI Director James Comey announcing the bureau was investigating newly discovered Clinton emails. cnn.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Corruption)|
|2018.02.02||K.T. McFarland, picked by Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to Singapore, withdrew from consideration for the job on Friday after her nomination became stalled in the U.S. Senate, due to concerns about her testimony to Congress over communications with Russia. reuters.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Russia)|
|2018.02.13||The White House changed its story on Tuesday about how it handled allegations of spousal abuse against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who resigned in disgrace, conceding that the F.B.I. told White House career officials last summer about problems in Mr. Porter’s background check, but members of President Trump’s team said top advisers in the West Wing were kept in the dark. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Resignations and Dismissals)|
|2018.02.14||Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements to create a pretext for taxpayers to cover expenses for the secretary’s wife on a 10-day trip to Europe last summer, the agency’s inspector general has found. washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Cabinet, Department of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin)|
Shulkin is one of five current and former Trump administration Cabinet members under investigation by agency inspectors general over their travel expenses.
|2018.02.22||In a memo distributed to staff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services—the agency tasked with processing citizenship for applicants—announced it has scrubbed a passage of its mission statement of references to the U.S. being a nation of immigrants. splinternews.com (See also Nationalism, Immigration)|
|2018.03.01||The top lobbyist for the National Rifle Association claimed late Thursday that Donald Trump had already retreated from his surprising support a day earlier for gun control measures after a meeting with N.R.A. officials and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Mike Pence)|
|2018.03.02||In the 406 days since he took the oath of office, Donald Trump has made 2,436 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Assaults on Facts)|
That's an average of six lies each and every day.
|2018.03.13||The San Francisco spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned over what he described as “false” and “misleading” statements made by top-ranking officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan. washingtonpost.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Jeff Sessions, Department of State, Immigration)|
|2018.03.15||Donald Trump boasted in a fundraising speech that he made up information in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that the United States runs a trade deficit with its neighbor to the north without knowing whether that was true. washingtonpost.com (See also Trade, NAFTA, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.03.18||U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he opposed a proposal for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who have spoken about the matter to investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees. reuters.com (See also leg, Legal Issues, Jeff Sessions, trump, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.03.21||Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a "lack of candor," McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions himself lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives. abcnews.go.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, Resignations and Dismissals)|
|2018.03.28||The Environmental Protection Agency sent staffers eight approved climate change talking points, encouraging staffers to highlight a lack of evidence that ties humans to climate change. thehill.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Assaults on Facts, Climate Change)|
|2018.03.29||Donald Trump repeated a false claim that the border wall has started construction by posting pictures from a 2009 project which was designed to replace a 2.25 mile section in the existing California-Mexico wall. buzzfeed.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Mexico Wall, Immigration)|
|2018.04.05||Donald Trump ditched his “boring” prepared remarks at a tax roundtable in West Virginia, and instead repeated his claim that “millions” of people are voting illegally and boasted that he was right about the threat of Mexican rapists. politico.com (See also Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression, Mexico, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.04.22||Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt met in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where Pruitt was living, despite Pruitt and lobbyist Steven Hart previously denying Hart had conducted any recent business with EPA. theguardian.com (See also Reversals, Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2018.04.23||Donald Trump twice gave James Comey an alibi for why a salacious report about the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow couldn’t be true: He never even spent the night in Russia during that trip, yet the broad timeline of Trump’s stay, stretching from Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, through the following Sunday morning, has been widely reported, and it’s substantiated by social media posts that show he slept in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest. bloomberg.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Russia)|
|2018.04.23||John Bolton, Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, chaired a nonprofit that has promoted misleading and false anti-Muslim news, some of which was amplified by a Russian troll factory. nbcnews.com (See also Muslims, Racism)|
|2018.04.30||A whistleblower from the Environmental Protection Agency says that Administrator Scott Pruitt was "bold-faced" lying when he told members of Congress that no EPA employees were retaliated against for raising concerns about his spending decisions. abcnews.go.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Corruption)|
|2018.05.01||In the 466 days since he took the oath of office, Donald Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.05.02||When Dr. Harold Bornstein described in hyperbolic prose then-candidate Donald Trump's health in 2015, it turns out that Donald Trump dictated the statement. cnn.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Unprecedented Actions, Reversals)|
|2018.05.03||Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor and a recent addition to Donald Trump’s legal team, said that Trump made a series of payments reimbursing his attorney Michael Cohen for a $130,000 settlement with an adult-film actress — despite Trump’s assertion last month that he was unaware of the payment. washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, Legal Issues)|
|2018.05.09||Donald Trump raised the prospect of taking away credentials from news media outlets that he believes are reporting negatively on his administration. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Fascism)|
|2018.05.11||Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, dined last year in Rome with Cardinal George Pell, a prominent climate-science denialist and Vatican leader who was also facing sexual abuse allegations, despite the fact that the EPA later released official descriptions of the dinner that intentionally did not mention the cardinal’s presence. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2018.05.14||Scott Pruitt began receiving round-the-clock security from the moment he stepped foot inside the Environmental Protection Agency in February 2017, at the behest of a Trump administration political appointee, contrary to what he has claimed publicly about his needs for extra security. washingtonpost.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2018.05.15||The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general will investigate whether Scott Pruitt, the agency’s administrator, complied with federal law in his use of E.P.A. email addresses that he did not disclose. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Corruption)|
This is now the 12th federal inquiry into Mr. Pruitt’s management practices at the agency, including first-class travel expenses, the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth and his rental of a $50-a-night condo from the wife of a lobbyist with business before the agency.
|2018.05.16||Donald Trump acknowledged that he has repaid his lawyer Michael Cohen for expenses Cohen occurred during the 2016 presidential election, according to the release of his financial disclosure forms. cnn.com (See also Reversals, Legal Issues, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.05.22||Donald Trump wrongly blamed Democrats for a Trump administration policy that separates parents and their young children caught entering the U.S. illegally. factcheck.org (See also Assaults on Facts, Immigration, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2018.05.27||Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed that the president and his allies’ attempts to discredit the Mueller investigation — including the most recent so-called Spygate controversy — are part of a public relations campaign aimed at staving off impeachment. nymag.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Legal Issues)|
|2018.05.28||Donald Trump promoted new, unconfirmed accusations to suit his political narrative: that a “criminal deep state” element within Mr. Obama’s government planted a spy deep inside his presidential campaign to help his rival, Hillary Clinton, win — a scheme he branded “Spygate" — continuing to promote baseless stories, eroding public trust in institutions and undermining the idea of objective truth. nytimes.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.05.29||Donald Trump accused prosecutors working on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election of planning to meddle in this year’s midterm elections, escalating his attack on the probe while offering no evidence to back up his assertion. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Election, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2018.05.31||In the 497 days since he took the oath of office, Donald Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims, averaging more than 6.5 claims a day. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2018.06.04||White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer questions about her claim that Donald Trump did not dictate a statement about a critical Trump Tower meeting during the 2016 campaign — even after her earlier statement was undercut by a memo from Trump's own legal team. thehill.com (See also Reversals, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2018.06.05||As it wrestled with accusations about a fake cyberattack last spring, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) purposely misled several news organizations, choosing to feed journalists false information, while at the same time discouraging them from challenging the agency’s official story. gizmodo.com (See also Net Neutrality, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2018.06.05||In a confidential, hand-delivered memo to the special counsel, Donald Trump's lawyers acknowledged that the President had dictated a statement, which attempted to deflect questions about a meeting with a Kremlin-tied lawyer at Trump Tower, which could be part of an effort by the president to obstruct a federal investigation. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Legal Issues, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.06.06||As disaster officials gathered at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters days after the start of the 2018 season, Donald Trump had a lot else on his mind, turning the closed-door discussion into soliloquies on his prowess in negotiating airplane deals, his popularity, the effectiveness of his political endorsements, the Republican Party’s fortunes, the vagaries of Defense Department purchasing guidelines, his dislike of magnetized launch equipment on aircraft carriers, his unending love of coal and his breezy optimism about his planned Singapore summit with North Korea. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Defense, North Korea)|
|2018.06.13||Fact-checking Donald Trump's claims about the North Korea deal washingtonpost.com (See also North Korea, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2018.06.14||Donald Trump told G7 leaders that Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian, according to two diplomatic sources. buzzfeed.com (See also Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.06.16||Donald Trump repeated his false assertion that Democrats were responsible for his administration’s policy of separating migrant families apprehended at the border, sticking to a weeks-long refusal to publicly accept responsibility for a widely condemned practice that has become a symbol of his crackdown on illegal immigration. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Immigration)|
|2018.06.18||Amid growing backlash over the administration's policy resulting in family separation, the head of the Department of Homeland Security repeated a statement Trump officials have made to justify their tough stance on immigration: There is a crisis at the border, but according to DHS statistics for recent years, there has actually been a steady decline in border apprehensions over the past two decades. buzzfeed.com (See also Immigration, Department of Homeland Security, Jeff Sessions)|
|2018.06.22||Donald Trump’s call this week for a separate U.S. “space force” surprised many military officials, senior aerospace industry executives and lawmakers, and went against well-known opposition by Pentagon leaders to the idea of establishing a new branch of the U.S. armed forces. wsj.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, James Mattis)|
|2018.06.26||Donald Trump made 103 false claims last week, shattering his dishonesty record. thestar.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Unpresidential Behavior)|
Trump’s previous one-week record was 60 false claims, which he had set in early March.
|2018.06.26||North Korea has continued to upgrade its only known nuclear reactor used to fuel its weapons program, satellite imagery has shown, despite ongoing negotiations with the US and a pledge to denuclearise. theguardian.com (See also North Korea)|
|2018.07.03||EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides have kept "secret" calendars and schedules to overtly hide controversial meetings or calls with industry representatives and others, as EPA staffers met routinely in Pruitt's office to "scrub," alter or remove from Pruitt's official calendar numerous records because they might "look bad," according to Kevin Chmielewski, Pruitt's former deputy chief of staff. cnn.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Corruption)|
|2018.07.14||Donald Trump’s words are getting more dishonest over time, revealed by the first detailed statistical analysis of his inaccurate statements in office. thestar.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.07.18||Donald Trump, who has been under fire for not aggressively confronting Russian President Vladmir Putin over election interference, said he believes Russia is no longer targeting the United States, which is at odds with the views of U.S. intelligence officials, as just last week, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said Russia and other countries are continuing to target American businesses, the government and other institutions and “the warning lights are blinking red.” washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Reversals)|
“These actions are persistent. They’re pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America’s democracy on a daily basis, regardless of whether it is election time or not,” Coats said during a speech at a Washington think tank.
|2018.07.22||Donald Trump made false claims and stated with no evidence that his administration’s release of top-secret documents related to the surveillance of a former campaign aide had confirmed that the Justice Department and the F.B.I. “misled the courts” in the early stages of the Russia investigation. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Trump Relationship with Russia, Department of Justice)|
|2018.07.23||After a week of tortuous statements, walk-backs and clarifications on whether he believes the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has once again appeared to have come full circle, falsely dismissing the issue as “all a big hoax.” washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.07.23||In a quest to shrink national monuments last year, senior Interior Department officials dismissed evidence that these public sites boosted tourism and spurred archaeological discoveries, according to documents the department released this month and retracted a day later. washingtonpost.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior, Corruption)|
|2018.07.24||A cache of documents released by the Commerce Department provides further evidence that Secretary Wilbur Ross was pushing to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census far more actively, and much earlier, than his later sworn testimony indicated. washingtonpost.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce, Immigration, Voter Suppression)|
|2018.07.24||Donald Trump claimed, without evidence, that the Kremlin will support Democrats in the November midterms, debuting a new line on Russian interference as the uproar over his shifting stances on the issue enters its second week. washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, Trump Relationship with Russia, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.07.25||Homeland Security officials may have neglected to give a choice to as many as three-quarters of all migrant parents removed from the United States about leaving their children behind, contradicting repeated public assurances from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. politico.com (See also Immigration, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.07.29||Donald Trump misrepresented a private meeting with A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, as Mr. Sulzberger said he had accepted Mr. Trump’s invitation for the July 20 meeting mainly to raise his concerns about the president’s “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.” nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2018.08.01||Among the rally-goers at Donald Trump's Make America Great Again event in Florida were followers of a growing right-wing conspiracy theory — the QAnon crowd. axios.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories)|
|2018.08.01||Donald Trump has wrongly claimed that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries. apnews.com (See also Voter Suppression)|
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about when the billionaire president last bought groceries or anything else himself.
|2018.08.01||President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2018.08.03||Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democrat who served on President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission, published a trove of documents that he said show zero signs of mass voter fraud, declaring that the White House’s claims about wide-scale fraud are "false." buzzfeednews.com (See also Voter Fraud)|
|2018.08.05||Donald Trump tweeted that a Trump Tower meeting between top campaign aides and a Kremlin-connected lawyer was designed to “get information on an opponent” — the starkest acknowledgment yet that a statement he dictated last year about the encounter was a lie. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Criminality, Trump Relationship with Russia, 2016 Campaign, Donald Trump Jr)|
The tweet also served as an admission that the Trump team had not been forthright when Donald Trump Jr. issued a statement in July 2017 saying that the meeting had been primarily about the adoption of Russian children.
|2018.08.06||Californians are stunned and confused at Donald Trump’s latest tweets on the state‘s catastrophic wildfires — and his insistence that the state is burning because leaders are letting too much fresh water flow into the Pacific Ocean. politico.com (See also Climate Change, Environment, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.08.14||White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders falsely claimed that Donald Trump has created three times as many jobs for black workers as his predecessor Barack Obama did during his entire time in office. bloomberg.com (See also Black Americans, Jobs)|
|2018.08.14||White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized for wrongly stating that Donald Trump has created three times as many jobs for black workers as President Barack Obama did. washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, Black Americans)|
At a news conference, Sanders said Obama created 195,000 jobs for African Americans during his eight years in office, when the actual number was almost 3 million.
|2018.08.16||Donald Trump's military parade this fall is shaping up to cost $80 million more than initially estimated. cnbc.com (See also Nationalism, Fascism, Department of Defense)|
|2018.08.18||An analysis by The New York Times found more than 250 examples of exaggerated, misleading or flat-out false claims by Mr. Trump about the Russia investigation. nytimes.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2018.08.28||Donald Trump accused Google’s search engine of promoting negative news articles and hiding “fair media” coverage of him, vowing to address the situation without providing evidence or giving details of action he might take. reuters.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Belief in Conspiracy Theories)|
|2018.08.28||Donald Trump warned evangelical leaders that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently” if Republicans lose control of Congress in the midterm elections. nytimes.com (See also Fascism)|
|2018.08.29||The FBI said that it has no evidence Hillary Clinton’s private email server was compromised even though Donald Trump tweeted a news report that alleged the Chinese had hacked it. apnews.com (See also Cybersecurity)|
|2018.08.30||Donald Trump accused NBC News of “fudging” their interview, in which he tied his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey to a probe into Russian election meddling, but offered no supporting evidence. reuters.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.08.30||Donald Trump’s assertions — all on Twitter, some false, some without clear evidence — are bound by one unifying theme: All of his perceived opponents are peddling false facts and only Trump can be trusted. washingtonpost.com (See also Fascism, Assaults on Civil Liberties, Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.09.05||The Trump administration has consistently sought to exaggerate the potential security threat posed by refugees and dismissed an intelligence assessment last year that showed refugees did not present a significant threat to the U.S. nbcnews.com (See also Immigration, Jeff Sessions, Department of State)|
Hard-liners in the administration then issued their own report this year that several former officials and rights groups say misstates the evidence and inflates the threat posed by people born outside the U.S.
|2018.09.06||A government photographer edited official pictures of Donald Trump’s inauguration to make the crowd appear bigger following a personal intervention from the president, according to newly released documents. theguardian.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
The photographer cropped out empty space “where the crowd ended” for a new set of pictures requested by Trump on the first morning of his presidency, after he was angered by images showing his audience was smaller than Barack Obama’s in 2009.
|2018.09.13||Donald Trump has now made more than 5,000 false statements or lies during his presidency, averaging 8.3 per day, up from his first 100 days in office when he was *only* lying 4.9 times each day. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Assaults on Facts)|
In the last 9 days, Donald Trump has lied, on average, 32 times every single day.
|2018.09.13||Donald Trump rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing falsely and without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” apnews.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.09.18||Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Congress earlier this year that he added a citizenship question to the 2020 census to help the Department of Justice enforce the Voting Rights Act, but contradicting that sworn testimony, new evidence shows that Ross received a memo several months earlier informing him that the Justice Department wanted to avoid monkeying around with the census because of “the whole Comey matter.” courthousenews.com (See also Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, Corruption, Voter Suppression)|
|2018.09.18||Donald Trump falsely charged that Democrats had sought to time a sexual assault allegation against his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, to obstruct his confirmation. nytimes.com (See also Supreme Court, Women)|
|2018.09.25||A memo signed by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen contradicts statements she made at the height of the family separation crisis last spring that the administration did not have a policy of separating children from parents, as Nielsen personally signed off on the option to prosecute all adults who crossed the border illegally, including those with kids, knowing it would lead to family separations. buzzfeednews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Immigration)|
Kirstjen Nielsen maintained the administration did not enact a family separation policy, but a memo she signed stated that the “zero tolerance” policy would have that effect.
|2018.09.25||Appearing at the United Nations, Trump recycled a lie he often makes at partisan rallies, in Fox News interviews and in formal settings: that he has accomplished more to this point in his presidency than his predecessors, and the assembled world leaders laughed at him in response washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.09.26||Donald Trump accused a foreign power of meddling in an American election: not Russia, but China, as he claimed without any evidence that the Chinese are trying to damage his political standing before the midterm elections because of his imposition of tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese goods. nytimes.com (See also China, Cybersecurity, Belief in Conspiracy Theories)|
|2018.09.30||The F.B.I. moved to quickly complete an abbreviated investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, even as Democrats demanded more information about the inquiry’s scope, warning that its apparent constraints could make it a “farce.” nytimes.com (See also Supreme Court, Women, Fascism)|
|2018.09.30||The FBI has received no new instructions from the White House about how to proceed with its week-long investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, despite Donald Trump tweeting the contrary. nbcnews.com (See also Supreme Court)|
|2018.10.02||Donald Trump personally directed an effort in February to stop Stormy Daniels from publicly describing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, as he instructed his then-lawyer Michael Cohen to seek a restraining order against the former adult-film actress through a confidential arbitration proceeding. wsj.com (See also Corruption)|
|2018.10.10||Donald Trump wrote an opinion article for USA Today on Oct. 10 regarding proposals to expand Medicare to all Americans — known as Medicare-for-All — in which almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.10.11||Donald Trump had his second-most-dishonest week as president last week, capping an extended run of egregious lying, making 129 false claims in all, just shy of his one-week record of 133, which he set in August. thestar.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.10.11||The Department of Justice said in a new court filing that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross talked with Stephen Bannon, then President Trump’s chief White House strategist, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about adding the citizenship question to the 2020 census, which is contrary to what he testified to Congress. thehill.com (See also Voter Suppression, Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon)|
|2018.10.19||Donald Trump told a woman reporter "don't be a baby" after she asked him for evidence to back up his claim that people in a US-bound caravan of immigrants were "hardened criminals." buzzfeednews.com (See also Misogyny, Women, Racism, Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.10.22||Despite Donald Trump’s repeated threats to involve the US military in closing or bolstering the southern border from an approaching migrant caravan, the Pentagon said it had not received any new orders to deploy troops. buzzfeednews.com (See also Immigration, Mexico, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense)|
|2018.10.23||Donald Trump lied and falsely said that Republicans are planning to implement a “very major tax cut” for middle-income earners before next month, even though Congress is out of session until after November’s midterm elections. washingtonpost.com (See also Administration Errors)|
|2018.10.29||Every time Donald Trump mentions the $110 billion arms deal he negotiated with Saudi Arabia last year, he quickly follows up, saying “It’s 500,000 jobs," but if he means new U.S. defense jobs, an internal document from Lockheed Martin forecasts fewer than 1,000 positions would be created by the defense contractor. reuters.com (See also Saudi Arabia, Assaults on Facts, Jobs)|
|2018.10.30||Donald Trump falsely claimed that America is the "only country in the world with birthright" when at least 30 countries worldwide offer it, including Canada and Mexico. axios.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Legal Issues, Racism)|
|2018.10.31||Donald Trump now says that he would deploy as many as 15,000 military personnel to the border with Mexico in response to caravans of Central American migrants making their way northward, doubling the figure Pentagon officials have announced would be operating there. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Mexico, Racism)|
If the deployment reaches 15,000 troops, it would be roughly equivalent to the size of the U.S. military’s presence in Afghanistan and three times the size of the presence in Iraq. Already, the deployment is believed to be the largest of its kind in more than a century.
|2018.11.02||In the first nine months of his presidency, Trump made 1,318 false or misleading claims, an average of five a day. But in the seven weeks leading up the midterm elections, the president made 1,419 false or misleading claims — an average of 30 a day. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.11.05||Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued strong warnings about the threat of voter fraud in the midterm elections, echoing the president’s baseless claims that massive voter fraud marred his 2016 election and prompting accusations that his administration is trying to intimidate voters. washingtonpost.com (See also Voter Suppression)|
|2018.11.09||Federal prosecutors have gathered evidence of Donald Trump's participation in every step of the agreements with an ex-Playboy model and a former adult-film star, leading his former lawyer to plead guilty to violating campaign finance laws. wsj.com (See also Criminality, Legal Activity, 2016 Campaign)|
|2018.11.11||Donald Trump doesn't want to give Puerto Rico any more federal money for its recovery from Hurricane Maria, because he claims, without evidence, that the funds are being misused. axios.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Americans in Poverty)|
Writing for Teen Vogue, Lauren Duca writes:
Trump won the Presidency by gas light. His rise to power has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception. Civil rights are now on trial, though before we can fight to reassert the march toward equality, we must regain control of the truth. If that seems melodramatic, I would encourage you to dump a bucket of ice over your head while listening to “Duel of the Fates." Donald Trump is our President now; it’s time to wake up.
"Gas lighting" is a buzzy name for a terrifying strategy currently being used to weaken and blind the American electorate. We are collectively being treated like Bella Manningham in the 1938 Victorian thriller from which the term "gas light" takes its name. In the play, Jack terrorizes his wife Bella into questioning her reality by blaming her for mischievously misplacing household items which he systematically hides. Doubting whether her perspective can be trusted, Bella clings to a single shred of evidence: the dimming of the gas lights that accompanies the late night execution of Jack’s trickery. The wavering flame is the one thing that holds her conviction in place as she wriggles free of her captor’s control.
To gas light is to psychologically manipulate a person to the point where they question their own sanity, and that’s precisely what Trump is doing to this country.