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Video: Trump’s False Trade Claims

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper looks at two of President Donald Trump’s recent claims about trade.

Second Quarter GDP Growth Not a ‘Record’

The estimated second quarter gross domestic product growth rate of 4.1 percent is not “record” or “close-to-record GDP,” as President Donald Trump recently claimed.

Trump Tower, Collusion and the Law

In a recent tweet, President Donald Trump said the Trump Tower meeting was “to get information on an opponent” and was “totally legal and done all the time in politics.” Some legal experts disagree.

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.

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.

Jennifer Garner Supported Hillary Clinton

Q: Did actress Jennifer Garner say, “I’m joining Trump train”?

A: There is no evidence of that. Garner supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

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.