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Lying again about the pandemic, Trump made 200 false claims from early June to early July

July 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump comes out of the Oval Office for his departure from the White House on September 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. - President Trump is traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico to deliver remarks at a "Keep America Great Rally". (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Contrary to President Donald Trump's June claims, the coronavirus is not going away.

Washington (CNN)Contrary to President Donald Trump's June claims, the coronavirus is not going away.

The President's months-long bombardment of false and misleading claims about the virus and the pandemic, many of them egregious, continued from early June to early July -- a period that included his controversial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a series of interviews with Fox News and other media outlets, events on the economy and the pandemic, and remarks in Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin and at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

Trump made 200 false claims in total over the four weeks from June 8 through July 5, an average of about seven per day.

Trump made 26 total false claims on the subject of the military, including seven more versions of his regular lie that he is the one who got the Obama-era Veterans Choice program created.

The first was protests, about which Trump made 25 false claims during the four-week period.

Among other things, Trump falsely claimed six times that he was responsible for sending in the National Guard to quell riots in Minnesota; the Guard was activated by the state's Democratic governor.

The second new entrant on the list was former Vice President Joe Biden, about whom Trump made 24 false claims.

Trump claimed, for example, that Biden was given reporters' news conference questions in advance (no) and that he read his answers off of a teleprompter (no), that Biden has not left his basement (he has repeatedly left his home to campaign) and that Biden wants to prosecute Americans for going to church (wrong) but not for burning a church (wrong).

Where Trump made his false claims

Trump made 22 false claims in his speech.

He also made 22 false claims in a "town hall" event in Wisconsin with Fox News host Sean Hannity, which was more like a conversation between Trump and Hannity with occasional softball audience questions thrown in.

Trump said of Biden: "Now, he's already saying that he can't do debates because of Covid.

Facts First: Trump's claim was entirely baseless.

Biden had officially committed to participating in the three scheduled presidential debates -- and Biden had repeatedly said he is eager to debate Trump even if the pandemic forces them to hold the event online rather than in person.

Trump claimed four times that Biden is not leaving his basement.

For example, he said on Fox News on June 20: "I mean, Biden is still in the basement.

Biden, like Trump, has been forced by the pandemic to reduce his campaign travel, and he has campaigned cautiously -- rising in the polls even as he has limited his public exposure.

Trump said of Biden: "It's so crazy what's happening.

Facts First: Trump was clearly exaggerating when he said Biden "doesn't talk. " Again, though Biden has campaigned cautiously, he has made speeches, done interviews and spoken in various other forums.

Hannity asked Trump about Biden having accused the President of xenophobia and fear-mongering the day his administration introduced travel restrictions on China.

(Biden's campaign says he was not referring to the restrictions in particular and did not even know about them when he spoke. ) Trump claimed, "Well, he didn't say it.

Trump eventually conceded that Biden did call him xenophobic, but we're calling the claim false because he first claimed twice in this paragraph that Biden did not do so.

Interviewer Eric Bolling told Trump that someone at a Biden news conference had questioned Biden's mental acuity -- a journalist had asked Biden if he had been tested for cognitive decline -- and that Biden had responded that he can't wait to debate Trump.

"Well, his response, actually, was I get tested all the time -- but he was talking about Covid," Trump said.

Trump continued, "He said, 'I -- I get tested all the time. ' But he was talking -- I assume he was talking about the Covid, not -- not cognitive, and now he's mixed up. " -- July 1 interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group's Eric Bolling

(Ducklo called Trump's claim "laughable, ludicrous, and a lie. ") The Associated Press noted that Biden was often looking directly at the reporter who asked him the question.

Trump said of Obama and Biden: "And, you know, today he's with Obama -- President Obama.

Facts First: Trump was exaggerating.

Trump said of Biden: "Well, he wants to defund and abolish police because that's what he's being told to do.

And, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community and everybody in the community. " The Trump campaign has noted that Biden told a progressive activist that he is "absolutely" open to redirecting some funding, but the context made it unclear what he meant; regardless, it was nothing remotely resembling the abolition of police.

"I don't know if you saw -- Bernie Sanders said, 'My sole focus now is to take Joe Biden way left. ' " -- June 25 "town hall" event with Fox News' Sean Hannity

For example, as campaign spokesman Mike Casca noted, Sanders told The New Yorker in early June: "It is no great secret that Joe Biden and I have very serious political differences, but, at this particular moment in history, what is most important is to defeat Trump, who, as you implied a moment ago, is literally a threat to American democracy, and is moving this country not only in a dangerous way but in an authoritarian way, as well.

Moments after invoking "Joe Biden and the Democrats," Trump said, "And they want to abolish ICE, our great people from ICE who send the roughest, toughest, meanest people that you've ever seen or ever heard. " -- June 20 campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma

"Joe Biden and the Democrats want to prosecute Americans for going to church, but not for burning a church. " -- June 20 campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Asked for comment on the accuracy of Trump's claims, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told CNN, "Thou shalt not bear false witness. "

Trump said that by testing for the coronavirus, "we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless. " -- July 4 speech for Independence Day

Facts First: There is no basis for Trump's "99%" figure.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany suggested later that Trump was referring specifically to the percentage of people with the coronavirus who die, telling reporters, "The President was noting the fact that the vast majority of Americans who contract coronavirus will come out on the other side of this. "

On January 23, eight days before Trump's administration announced its travel restrictions, the South China Morning Post ran a headline that said, "Wuhan virus killing mostly the elderly, those with previous health problems. " Its sub-headlines were two bullet points: "Almost half the fatalities were 80 years or older, all of them from Hubei province.

The office of Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said they have an outstanding request to the Trump administration "to use full authority under the Defense Production Act to compel production here in the United States of the supplies our frontline workers and other employees need to stay safe on the job. "

Trump said of St. John's Episcopal Church, outside of which he had a controversial photo op on June 1: "John Adams was the first parishioner.

For example, Trump said in a June 17 interview, "I brought it out five days after they started.

Facts First: Trump did not enact an act, sign a bill or "impose" any new penalties for damaging monuments.

Facts First: Trump was exaggerating.

The June executive order Trump mentioned in these remarks also makes clear that 10 years is a maximum, not minimum.

Trump said: "We have -- consumer confidence has risen 12 points since April, an all-time high.

Amid Trump's triumphant rhetoric about the June jobs report, it's also worth noting that the African American unemployment rate was 15. 4% in June -- an improvement from 16. 8% in May but still more than 5 percentage points higher than the 10. 1% rate in June for White Americans and also worse than the African American rate for any point between late 2011 and the 2020 pandemic.

Facts First: The US had tariffs on imports from China long before Trump took office.

While Trump has relied on Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to hit China with special tariffs, Bown said, previous administrations, including Obama's and George W.

Facts First: It is nonsensical to claim that Trump has been trying to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients better than Democrats.

Facts First: It's possible that Democrats are talking about the border wall less than they did early in Trump's term, but it's not true that they "never" mention it or that they "gave up" fighting it.

Meanwhile, Biden criticized the wall in late April and in a statement upon Trump's visit to the wall in late June.

Trump said of the graduation ceremony he attended at the US Military Academy at West Point: "You know, they delayed it for six weeks because of Covid. " -- June 20 campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Facts First: It's just not true that Trump ran for the "final 10 feet" of his descent down the ramp on June 13.

Facts First: As the Tulsa World newspaper noted, Trump's Tulsa rally was scheduled for a 12-year-old arena, the BOK Center, not a "brand-new" venue.

Facts First: While prominent Democrats do want to transition from the use of fossil fuels, there is no basis for Trump's suggestion that "they're probably against wind, too. " Trump is the one who regularly talks about how wind energy harms birds.

Trump said: "And the person they beat up was a Democrat who happened to be gay.

Facts First: Carpenter told CNN that Trump's claim that he was rooting on the protesters is "an absolute lie" and "completely false. " Carpenter said he opposes removing statues without government authorization and never cheered on this group, which he described as a "mob. "

Trump mentioned to Fox News' Sean Hannity that he had heard Democratic Sen. Mark Warner "talking to the comedian -- the Russian comedian. " Hannity responded, "No, that's Schiff -- Adam Schiff. " Trump insisted, "That was both of them. " He continued by appearing to acknowledge Hannity's point, saying, "One or two.

Facts First: While ISIS did create the so-called "caliphate" during the Obama administration, that ISIS territory was shrinking, not expanding, when Trump took office.

Claiming again that the jury foreperson in Stone's trial was biased, Trump said, "You know, she acted like she was an innocent.

Facts First: There is no basis for Trump's claim that jury foreperson Tomeka Hart, who ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2012, somehow tricked her way into the jury pool.

In that second call in July, which became a focus of his impeachment, Trump sought to get Zelensky to investigate rival Joe Biden and a debunked conspiracy theory about Democratic computer servers.

Trump claimed nine times that he had stopped people from China from coming into the US, "closed our country to China" or "banned people coming in from China. "

Trump claimed three times that the government didn't have ventilators before the pandemic.

Facts First: A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to CNN in late June that there had been about 19,000 ventilators in the national stockpile for "many years," including 16,660 ventilators that were ready for immediate use in March 2020; the spokesperson confirmed that none of those 16,660 were purchased by the Trump administration.

I don't think there's been an empty seat in -- since we came down in the escalator with the first lady," trump said, referring to his June 2015 presidential announcement speech.

Trump claimed three times that opinion polls, including a CNN poll that showed him trailing Biden by 14 points, are "suppression polls" designed to deflate his supporters.

Trump claimed seven times that he was the one who got the Veterans Choice health care program passed.

Trump said three times that President Barack Obama gave Iran $150 billion as part of their nuclear deal.

Facts First: The United States has not spent $2. 5 trillion on military equipment under Trump.

That figure is roughly the total of military spending since he took office, and about two-thirds of it is for things other than equipment, like pay and benefits," Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank, said in June after Trump made an earlier version of this claim.

Trump said "the military was a joke" under Obama and Biden, adding, "We had no ammunition.

You can read a full fact check of Trump's claims about munitions levels here.

Trump claimed seven times that China is paying the billions in revenue to the US government from his tariffs on imported Chinese products.

Trump claimed three times that before the pandemic crisis, China had been having its worst economic year in "67 years. "

Facts First: Trump was exaggerating.

Facts First: Most of Canada's dairy tariffs were left in place by Trump's United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an update to NAFTA.

Facts First: There is no evidence that major media outlets have invented nonexistent sources for their reporting on the Trump administration.

Alleging that New York Times polling is inaccurate, Trump tweeted, "Do you think they will apologize to me & their subscribers AGAIN when I WIN?" -- June 29 tweet

Facts First: Trump was making a clear reference to his repeated claim that the New York Times apologized after the 2016 election; as the Times has noted, it did not do so.

Trump claimed five times that Joe Biden or the Democrats want "open borders. "

"How about the fact that we've become the number one energy (producer) in the world, through me?" -- June 25 "town hall" event with Fox News' Sean Hannity

Facts First: The US has not become the world's top energy producer because of Trump: It took the top spot in 2012, according to the US government's Energy Information Administration -- under the very Obama administration Trump has repeatedly accused of perpetrating a "war" on the industry.

Trump claimed that women's unemployment, prior to the pandemic, was the best in "75 years," though not an all-time record.

Facts First: Aside from earlier points in Trump's own presidency, it had been about 66-and-a-half years, not 75 years, since the women's unemployment rate has been as low as it was in February 2020, 3. 4%; it was at that level in 1953.

Trump boasted about signing a criminal justice reform bill; he said, "Obama and Biden never even tried it.

Facts First: Trump was vague here, but we know from numerous previous remarks that he was claiming that Obama had been unable to fill 142 vacant spots in the federal judiciary.

Trump claimed that before Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden was appointed in 2014 to a lucrative position on the board of directors of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma, "He was jobless. " -- June 20 campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Facts First: There is no basis for Trump to blame the peaceful protesters present on June 1 for a fire police say was set at St. John's Episcopal Church the day prior.

Nobody has been charged for the fire; we don't know what Trump was "told," but there is no evidence that any of the peaceful June 1 protesters, much less all of them, were responsible.

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