AP FACT CHECK: Trump tells tall tales even without Twitter

AP FACT CHECK: Trump tells tall tales even without Twitter

This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years, and not paying in those past years." Trump is not alleged to have told the Russians specifically that the information came from the Israelis. Under the budget, Medicaid spending would fall from 2 percent of the economy to 1.7 percent in 2027 due to reductions in spending projections by Trump. -- it was the first decade, the first eight-year period in history not to have a 3 percent growth rate. Yet they were promising us 4.5 percent growth." Obama's first budget in 2009 estimated growth would be above 4 percent in 2011, 2012 and 2013. When the U.S. and Canada are at odds over trade, NAFTA calls for five-person panel to weigh in. Trump has a stronger case when he complains about America's losing record against Canada in NAFTA cases, though it's not true that the Americans "always lose." ___ TRUMP told Coast Guard cadets of his "historic investment in our military," adding: "I'm proud to say that under my administration, as you just heard, we will be building the first new heavy icebreakers the United States has seen in over 40 years." He's proposing to cut the Coast Guard budget by more than $420 million, or 3.8 percent, while increasing military spending overall.

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In this May 25, 2017, photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to unveil artifacts from the World Trade Center and Berlin Wall for the new NATO headquarters in Brussels. It's been a muted week for Trump when it comes to tweeting. But AP Fact Checks have spotted some tall tales in his rhetoric during his first foreign trip since taking office. For one, Trump claimed that fellow NATO members
In this May 25, 2017, photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to unveil artifacts from the World Trade Center and Berlin Wall for the new NATO headquarters in Brussels. It’s been a muted week for Trump when it comes to tweeting. But AP Fact Checks have spotted some tall tales in his rhetoric during his first foreign trip since taking office. For one, Trump claimed that fellow NATO members “owe massive amounts of money” to the common defense. They don’t.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By CALVIN WOODWARD and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been a muted week for the “real” Donald Trump, the Twitter account where the president normally says a lot of things that are unreal. Other frequent sources of free-range Trump — extended TV interviews, news conferences, speeches to supporters — were also missing on his first foreign trip since taking office.

Even a more cautious or scripted Trump, though, does not always tell it straight, and the release of his proposed budget stirred a fresh round of questionable rhetoric from his stateside aides.

A look at some of the statements under scrutiny over the past week:
TRUMP: “But 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years, and not paying in those past years.” — remarks to NATO on Thursday

THE FACTS: This is a misleading depiction of NATO military spending. Members of the alliance are not in arrears in their military spending.

The issue is this: NATO members agreed in 2014 on a goal of spending 2 percent of their economy on their own military budgets by 2014, a development that would lighten the burden on the U.S. Most member nations are short of 2 percent. But the agreement was merely to move toward that goal over a decade.

Trump speaks as if NATO partners are failing to meet a current standard, and they’re not. They are not in debt to the United States, and Washington is not trying to collect anything, despite the president’s contention that they “owe massive amounts of money from past years. “

NATO members also agreed in 2014 to stop cutting military spending and have lived up to that commitment.

U.S. military spending amounted to 3.3 percent of its GDP in 2015, says the World Bank, compared with 1.5 percent for European Union members, 4.9 percent for Russia and 2.3 percent worldwide.

TRUMP, in a telephone call to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte: “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.” — Philippine government transcript of April 29 phone call, reported by The Washington Post.

THE FACTS: Trump’s own State Department’s human rights report, updated in March, described in harsh terms the more than 6,000 killings by police and vigilantes of suspected Philippine drug dealers and users. The killings, carried out without formal evidence or trials, were to fulfill a Duterte campaign promise to eliminate illegal drug activity in the country by the end of last year.

The report said Duterte released lists of suspected drug criminals on at least two occasions and some on those lists were killed in police or vigilante operations. It says “authorities made promises of immunity from investigation and prosecution for officers involved in drug killings.”

TRUMP, on his Oval Office meeting May 10 with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador: “Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name ‘Israel,’ never mentioned it in that conversation. And they’re all saying I did. So you have another story wrong.” — remarks at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

THE FACTS: Trump is denying saying something that he wasn’t alleged to have said in the first place. His comment steers around the issue that emanated from that meeting — that he divulged classified information about an Islamic State threat in his conversation with the Russians, perhaps in a compromising way that would enable Russia to trace the source of the intelligence.
Trump is not alleged to have told the Russians specifically that the information came from the Israelis. Israel’s link was established separately, in news reports.

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