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USA Today fact checked 15 Trump State of the Union points. Some rang true, others mostly false or exaggerated

Trump SOTU lies[USA Today] took on 15 of President Trump's claims he made during his first State of Union speech. On some points, he was completely accurate. On others, he exaggerated or misstated some key facts. Here's how they broke down:

On approving more drugs and medical devices than ever:

President Trump rightly congratulated the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday night for approving more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever during his first year in office. The accomplishment should help "fix the injustice" of high drug prices, which Trump said will be one of his top priorities for the year. The likelihood that Trump will achieve the substantial drops in prices he vowed is uncertain. He faces considerable hurdles. Not the least of these is the well-funded and powerful drug lobby that has sent more than a few of its members to the Trump campaign and administration.

On limiting immigration for the sake of national security:

Trump said several times that the U.S. must limit legal immigration for the sake of national security, but national crime data does not back up that claim. "Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many American lives," Trump said. More than 13% of the U.S. population is foreign-born, but only 5.6% of inmates held in federal, state and local prisons are foreign-born, according to a report released this month by the Department of Justice.


FBI Director Opposes Memo Release Because of Inaccuracies

Christopher Wray warns that GOP memo is inaccurateFBI Director Christopher Wray told the White House he opposes release of a classified Republican memo alleging bias at the FBI and Justice Department because it contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The FBI came close to publicly opposing the memo’s release, saying in a statement Wednesday that it has “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”


'He cheats like hell': Trump's pro golfing partner on playing with the president

Trump 'cheats like hell' at golf: pro partner

Suzann Pettersen, the 15-time LPGA Tour winner and a golfing partner of Donald Trump, says the president “cheats like hell” on the golf course.

Pettersen, who has known Trump for a decade and says she is fond of the president even though she does not agree with his policies, was speaking to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.

“He cheats like hell ... so I don’t quite know how he is in business,” said Pettersen. “They say that if you cheat at golf, you cheat at business. I’m pretty sure he pays his caddie well, since no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there.”


Second Trump-Russia dossier being assessed by FBI

Trump faces new dossier being examined by FBI

The FBI inquiry into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 US presidential election has been given a second memo that independently set out some of the same allegations made in a dossier by Christopher Steele, the British former spy.

The second memo was written by Cody Shearer, a controversial political activist and former journalist who was close to the Clinton White House in the 1990s.

Unlike Steele, Shearer does not have a background in espionage, and his memo was initially viewed with scepticism, not least because he had shared it with select media organisations before the election.


Once again, Trump skips facts on climate change

Ice caps are melting, Mr. TrumpDonald Trump gave his first interview to a UK journalist on Sunday, while he was attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In a wide-ranging, but generally friendly interview, the US president gave his views on climate change.

Once again, Trump did not seem to be aware of the facts before opining to British broadcaster Piers Morgan.

"The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they're setting records," he said.

TVNL Comment:  It is so dangerous to allow a total moron to hold the office of President. So very dangerous....


Rosenstein approved surveillance extension of former Trump adviser

Rod Rosenstein okayed surveillance of Carter pageU.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved to extend surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page shortly after assuming office last spring, the New York Times reported, citing people familiar with a secret Republican memo.

The extension shows the Department of Justice, under President Donald Trump, saw reason to believe that Page was acting as a Russian agent, the paper reported on Sunday.

The memo paints the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election as tainted from the start, the paper said.




Deputy FBI Director McCabe steps down

Andrew McGabe steps down

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down from his position more than a month before previously anticipated, according to multiple reports.

A career civil servant who was appointed deputy director in 2016, McCabe has been a frequent target of Republicans alleging systemic bias against President Trump at the top tiers of the bureau.


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