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Fact Checking Trump’s State of the Union; Why it Matters

Trump speaks to fellow politicians at the State of the Union Address Tuesday night.


Trump delivered his 2018 State of the Union address on January 30.

Tuesday evening 45.6 million people tuned in to watch President Trump deliver his State of the Union address. Many of the statements made by the president garnered much applause by the Republican side of the capitol, but how much is actually true?

We have to start very generic first. Before diving into the actual speech lets look two days into the future. On Thursday Trump took to twitter and claimed that his State of the Union had the most people watching in history.
False

While 45.6 million is an amazing amount of people watching, in 2010 former president Barak Obama beat this number totaling 45.8 million in viewers. The highest view count to date however, is former president George Bush with a number of 62.1 million viewers in 2003.

Now that’s out of the way. Lets turn to the actual speech. There was too much information to fit in this article, but lets look at some of his major claims:

1.

We enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history.

False
According to Jim Tankersley, an economic reporter for the New York Times, “Mr. Trump won’t stop making this claim, even though zero evidence supports it. Tax cuts signed by President Ronald Reagan were larger as a share of the economy and in terms of their effects on federal revenues. The recently passed tax bill appears to rank 12th in American history, as a share of the economy.”
2.

Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.

False-ish
The current rule on green cards is that one can petition to bring their families in, but it doesn’t guarantee entry into the United States.Anyone applying for residency must undergo national security and criminal background checks.
The federal government also places annual limits on the number of immigrants’ married children and adult siblings who can sponsor for a visa. As of now the system is backed up and about three million people are currently on a waiting list.
3.

Last year, the F.D.A. approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our history.

True
The Food and Drug Administration approved 1,027 generic drugs in the 2017 fiscal year, the highest annual total in the agency’s history.
4.

After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.

False
Yes, it’s true wages are rising, but at a much slower rate than that of the Obama era.

5.

African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.

True, but it needs more information
The black unemployment rate in December was 6.8 percent which is the lowest it’s been recorded. However, it didn’t happen in the first year of Trump’s presidency. It has been a long term endeavor.

At this point there is a divide between facts and making claim to better ones status. In his first year of office, Trump has made some progress, but it’s individual opinion on whether it’s been for the better or worse. It is important to check his facts though because of personal bias or opinion.

Credit: NYTimes, Vox, Jim Tankersley, Ron Nixon, Robert Pear, Linda Qiu

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