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FactChecking Trump’s Weekend Claims

FactChecking Trump’s Weekend Claims

On Sept. 26 and 27, President Donald Trump spoke for about two hours and 15 minutes in five appearances. We’ve compiled many of the president’s false and misleading claims from those remarks.

Trump’s False Auto Industry Claims

Trump’s False Auto Industry Claims

Continuing a yearslong trend, President Donald Trump made false and misleading comments about new auto plants in Michigan, and the industry at large.

Harris Wrong on Autoworker Jobs

Harris Wrong on Autoworker Jobs

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris wrongly claimed that “as many as 300,000 autoworkers may be out of a job before the end of the year.” That’s a high-end estimate for total job losses — not solely among autoworkers — due to the potential impact of the Trump administration’s trade policies, including actions not yet taken.

Trump’s Repeated Falsehood on Auto Plants

Trump’s Repeated Falsehood on Auto Plants

In launching his reelection campaign, President Donald Trump repeated a claim about new auto plants that he made a year-and-a-half ago. It’s still not true, and it fits a pattern of Trump falsely boasting of unexpected or unusual gains in the auto industry.

Trade Surplus in Cars with China

Trade Surplus in Cars with China

The United States had a trade surplus with China for passenger cars of $8.9 billion in 2017. Exports of cars to China totaled $10.5 billion, while imports from China were $1.6 billion. Yet President Donald Trump claimed that China “won’t take” U.S. cars.

Trump Twists Jobs Numbers

Trump Twists Jobs Numbers

President Donald Trump says his agenda is all about “jobs, jobs, jobs.” But at a rally in Nashville, and a speech earlier the same day in Detroit, Trump made several misleading claims about jobs, and the effect he has had on them since taking office.

Clinton-Sanders Bailout Brawl

Clinton-Sanders Bailout Brawl

This time Bernie Sanders cherry-picks the facts about the auto bailout of 2008 and 2009 — which has become a point of contention between Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the final days before the Michigan presidential primary.

Trump’s Bogus Boast on Ford

Trump’s Bogus Boast on Ford

Donald Trump took multiple bows for getting Ford to change its plans to build new manufacturing facilities in Mexico. The problem: Ford says it hasn’t changed its plans at all.