This week’s fact-checking video by CNN’s Jake Tapper tackles a few of the many falsehoods that President Donald Trump made at the annual National Republican Congressional Committee spring dinner in Washington, D.C.
- Speaking about wind turbines — which Trump referred to as “windmills” — the president falsely suggested the noise from them “causes cancer.” There’s no evidence of that.
- The president repeated the false claim that until he signed the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, the Department of Veterans Affairs could not fire employees — even “sadists” who “were hurting our veterans.”
- The president again wrongly described the way the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program works, claiming the program required the U.S. to accept a lottery winner even if the person was a “stone cold killer.” The U.S. screening process bars entry to those with criminal convictions, such as murder.
- Trump also said foreign governments manipulate the visa program to offload some of their worst citizens. In fact, individuals apply for the visa directly with the U.S. embassy or consulate — a foreign government is not involved.
- Trump again falsely claimed to have “saved $1 billion” on building a new embassy in Jerusalem, saying he “got it done for $400,000.” He is comparing the cost of renovating an existing facility in Jerusalem to use as a temporary embassy with the cost of a new, permanent embassy. A State Department official told us it has started the search for a site for a “new Embassy compound, the planning and construction of which will be a longer-term undertaking.” The temporary facility merely has delayed the cost of a new facility.
Our past video collaborations with CNN’s “State of the Union” are available on our website.