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False Stories Revive Claim About Trump Salary Donation

Q: Did President Trump donate his $400,000 salary to military cemeteries?

A: No. A year-old viral email makes that claim. But the president does indeed donate his salary to different government initiatives each quarter.

A Rally Filled with Repeats

Trump’s August speech in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was packed with familiar factual distortions.

Video: Tax Cut Claims

In this fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper examines false and misleading claims made on the Sunday political talk shows by Larry Kudlow, the chief economic adviser to the president, about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

Bogus Claim About LGBT History Lessons

Q: Is California forcing “schools to show kids ‘gay sex’”?

A: No. California law requires the state’s history curriculum to include “the role and contributions of” LGBT people.

CBO Didn’t Say Tax Cuts Were ‘Virtually Paid For’

The chief economic adviser to President Donald Trump recently said Congressional Budget Office numbers show the “entire $1.5 trillion tax cut is virtually paid for by higher revenues and better nominal GDP.” That’s not what the numbers show, experts told us.

Trump’s Trade-Balance Mistake

President Donald Trump is saying that the U.S. balance of trade improved by a “tremendous” $52 billion in the second quarter of 2018. But the correct figure is much smaller — $22 billion — as two economists with expertise in trade statistics have confirmed for us.

Are Trump 2020 Banners Made in China?

Q: Are campaign banners for President Trump’s reelection campaign being made in China?

A: News reports have documented Trump 2020 flags being produced in China, but it’s unclear who ordered those. The campaign says that “all of our merchandise is 100% made in the USA.”

Trump Jumps the Gun (Again) on Health Plans

President Donald Trump touted “record business” for new health insurance plans under a federal rule that hasn’t yet gone into effect. In fact, since at least December 2017, he has periodically, and prematurely, boasted that “millions” of people are already signing up for these association health plans.

VA Could Fire Workers Before Trump Signed Law

As President Donald Trump often tells it, the Department of Veterans Affairs could not fire unruly or underperforming employees before he signed a bill overhauling the agency’s procedures in 2017. He’s wrong about that.