True or false Trump's statements at the State of the Union and how Trump exaggerates ‘great American comeback’
Today, during the State of the Union speech President Trump claimed the “great American comeback” and drew the attention to some of his statements which some meticulous people have immediately put into question.
Referring to Associated Press and the writers Colleen Long, Ellen Knickmeyer, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Deb Riechmann in particular, now we offer to take a deeper look at some of the moments of the President's speech which are definitely found exaggerated and highly doubtful. Look and compare it with the facts.
“Before I came into office, if you showed up illegally on our southern border and were arrested, you were simply released and allowed into our country, never to be seen again. My administration has ended catch-and-release. If you come illegally, you will now be promptly removed.”
Well, this is not actually true. If to dig deeper, it becomes obvious that under Trump’s administration, the process of letting them in or deportation became significantly harder and longer. If to compare, under the previous administration, return of the Mexicans back over the border was quicker. Some migrants from other countries were released into the interior of the United States to wait out their immigration cases.
And Trump was not completely correct claiming that all immigrants are “promptly” removed. Let’s take a look at numbers and we will see that there is a 1 million immigrant courts case backlog. And that means that some of the immigrants wait up for three years before whether being deported or not. And after a judge rules a migrant deported, travel papers must be obtained, which often leads to further delays.
“In eight years under the last administration, over 300,000 working-age people dropped out of the workforce. In just three years of my administration, 3.5 million working-age people have joined the workforce.”
And the facts say that the President is just incorrect in his numbers. According to the Labor Department, during Obama’s presidency, the labor force rose by 5.06 million. As the unemployment rate has fallen, more people are finding it attractive to work and joining the labor force. This has enabled the labor force to climb by an impressive 4.86 million in just three years under Trump.
“The USMCA will create nearly 100,000 new high-paying American auto jobs, and massively boost exports for our farmers, ranchers and factory workers.”
It’s a clear exaggeration. There are no 100,000 jobs he claimed. But there are only 28,000 auto industry jobs that appear due to the deal with Canada and Mexico examined in an April by The U.S. International Trade Commission. Agree, it is a considerable difference in numbers, isn’t it?
And now as a conclusion, let’s see what President said about the health care.
“We will always protect patients with preexisting conditions,” Trump said.
Can it be trusted? It’s hard to say, as it is not guaranteed. Promised, yes, but not guaranteed, let’s not forget about it.
The Trump administration is backing a lawsuit by conservative-led states that would overturn the entire Affordable Care Act, including its guarantees that people cannot be turned down or charged more for health insurance because of preexisting medical problems.
Trump and congressional Republicans have vowed they will protect people with preexisting conditions, but they have not specified how they would do that.
Estimates of how many people could potentially be affected if “Obamacare’s” protections for preexisting conditions are eliminated range from about 54 million working-age adults, in a study last year from the Kaiser Family Foundation, to as many as 133 million people in a 2017 government study that also included children.