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Fact Checking Trump’s Press Conference

With Trump it should come as no surprise that not everything is as it seems.

Donald Trump’s press conference was a fairly bizarre event. Besides the general narratives included in the event, below are some of his facts, checked.


TRUMP: The Republican National Committee was not hacked because it had better defenses than the Democrats.

REALITY: While the DNC did have inadequate defences, the RNC did not sugger the same fate, stored older material was successfully hacked.


TRUMP: U.S. drug companies “supply our drugs, but they don’t make them here, to a large extent.”

REALITY: This reflects the global pharmaceutical industry and is not surprising or likely to change.


TRUMP: The Affordable Care Act is “imploding.” Congress should repeal the health law and replace it at about the same time.

REALITY: While the health care law does have its troubles, Trump’s timetable is wildly unrealistic as the likelihood of Congress agreeing such a hugely complex issue will take months, at least.


TRUMP: “There will be a major border tax on companies that are leaving and getting away with murder.”

REALITY: It sounds good with voters, but will be very tough to implement in terms of policy as congress would have to approve such a border tax, which is difficult as many members are allergic to the T word.


TRUMP: A Trump hotel’s revenue from a foreign government would not violate the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

REALITY: This remains very much open for debate. Legal experts disagree on whether payments made to hotels or golf courses owned by Trump would constitute a ‘gift’.


TRUMP: Most Americans don’t care that he hasn’t released his tax returns.

REALITY: A Pew Research Center poll this month showed that 60 percent of Americans think Mr. Trump should release his returns; only 33 percent said he doesn’t have a responsibility to do so.


TRUMP: He could legally run his business and serve as president.

REALITY: This is true, legally it is possible – but questions of conflict of interest would undoubtedly mar his presidency.


TRUMP: “I think it was Russia but I also think we get hacked by other countries, other people.”

REALITY: While true, no doubt there is heavy spin attached to this statement. While accepting that Russia was involved, suggesting the involvement of other countries minimises the significance of the Russian attack.


TRUMP: The government will cut the cost of prescription drugs using competitive bidding, “we are going to save billions of dollars.”

REALITY: This is a crowd-pleasing promise, and may in fact be feasible. By making companies bid and compete, the price may lower. However, this is not possible for some highly effective, expensive drugs as no equivalent will be available.

TRUMP: “I will be the greatest job president God has ever created.”

REALITY: This will be a tough one for Trump. For a start, economists have long debated over how much of an impact a president can have on the economy and job creation, beyond just setting the tone. Other economic forces are just as, if not more, powerful. Additionally, The US is close to full employment with less than 5%, and growth remains in the 2% range. TO achieve his goal the economy would have to double its growth speed, a figure deemed unlikely by most economists.


TRUMP: He used to hold news conferences almost daily.

REALITY: While he was on TV regularly, he was not often in news conferences, the last of which was all the way back in July.


TRUMP: “A lot of car companies are moving in” and “big factories are going to be built.”

REALITY: Ford did cancel a new factory in Mexico, and Fiat Chrysler will expand in the US. This is a win for Trump, but less consumer-oriented industries still continue to move jobs abroad to cheaper places like Mexico.

And finally, fact checking the cheers: were they even real?