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Washington - AP FACT CHECK: When Trump Takes Credit And Assigns Blame

Published on: April 23, 2017 01:01 AM
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FILE - In this April 20, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)FILE - In this April 20, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Washington - One of the most consistent features of President Donald Trump’s public statements is his drive to take credit and assign blame. It’s a tendency that consistently lands him in trouble with history, either recent or long ago, and has been on display as he approaches his 100th day in office.

Over the past week, the president claimed unprecedented achievement as he tried to shape perceptions of his 100-day legacy. He then pooh-poohed that benchmark as time ran short for him to get big things done. He disparaged the record of his predecessor, specifically on fighting the violent MS-13 gang, and Trump addressed his abandonment of a central campaign promise on China by denying he’d changed his mind.

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A look at some of his statements:

TRUMP: “No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” — Tweet on Friday, singling out his successful Supreme Court nomination.

THE FACTS: The president may consider the 100-day standard “ridiculous” now, but he completely bought into it during his presidential campaign.

In an appearance at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 22, he issued a “contract ” with voters that he called a “100-day action plan.” In it, he promised 18 steps within 100 days to overhaul the government, protect workers and improve national security, and 10 legislative initiatives.

“On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities and honesty to our government,” the “contract” says, with his signature. “This is my pledge to you.” His performance on them is mixed .

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TRUMP: “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days.” — Tuesday at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of Snap-on tools.

THE FACTS: Trump’s legislative victories are minor, surpassed by those of a variety of high achievers in the White House. The concept of a president’s first 100 days (a benchmark Trump reaches in a week) started with President Franklin Roosevelt, because he got so much done.

Taking office in the Great Depression, Roosevelt quickly declared a banking holiday to quiet panic, called a special session of Congress and won passage of emergency legislation to stabilize the banking system. He came forward with a flurry of consequential legislation that set the pillars of the New Deal in place within his first 100 days, “the most concentrated period of U.S. reform in U.S. history,” say Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer in “The Reader’s Companion to the American Presidency.” No fewer than 14 historic laws were enacted in that time.

Trump’s big agenda items, like his promised tax overhaul and infrastructure plan, have yet to reach Congress. His attempt to secure the borders from people from terrorism-prone regions is so far blocked by courts. His first attempt to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law failed in Congress.

Trump needn’t look as far back as FDR to see a president who got off to a fast start. Obama signed a $787 billion stimulus package into law in his first month, while also achieving laws expanding health care for children and advancing equal pay for women in that time.

Like Roosevelt, Obama came to office in an economic crisis, the worst since the Depression. Lawmakers from both parties were inclined to act quickly and did, even as they fought over the details of the big stimulus package that defined Obama’s early days.

President Ronald Reagan’s 100 days were considered the hardest-driving since FDR’s time, even though Reagan was shot March 30, 1981. He presented Congress with the most consequential tax, spending and government-overhaul plan it had seen in decades, a comprehensive package that exceeds in scope anything Trump has brought forward, including his first run at health care. Congressional approval came later.

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TRUMP:  “The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!”

THE FACTS: Obama can’t be blamed for allowing MS-13 to form as a nationwide gang because that happened long before he became president.

A fact sheet from Trump’s own Justice Department states that the gang, which originated in the 1980s in the Central American community in Los Angeles, “quickly spread to states across the country.”

The department indirectly credits the Obama administration, in its early years, with helping to rein in the group: “Through the combined efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement, great progress was made diminishing or severely (disrupting) the gang within certain targeted areas of the U.S. by 2009 and 2010.”

The U.S. carried out record deportations during the Obama administration and, on MS-13 specifically, took the unprecedented action of labelling the street gang a transnational criminal organization and announcing a freeze on its U.S. assets.

Such actions were not enough to bring down the group and the Trump administration says it will do more.

According to an FBI assessment from January 2008, before Obama took office, the gang was operating in at least 42 states and the District of Columbia, roughly the same number of states estimated now. The assessment said the group was made up of Salvadoran nationals and first-generation Salvadoran-Americans. The FBI at the time did not provide a breakdown of how many of the gang’s members were immigrants or U.S. citizens.

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TRUMP: “I didn’t soften my stance” on China. “Nobody’s ever seen such a positive response on our behalf from China, and then the fake media goes ‘Donald Trump has changed his stance on China.’ I haven’t changed my stance. China’s trying to help us.” — Fox interview.

THE FACTS: It’s hard to imagine a clearer switch in positions than the president’s abandonment of his campaign pledge to declare China a currency manipulator, a move that would have set the stage for trade penalties. China had once devalued its currency to make its exports artificially cheaper, crowding out other countries’ products, but in recent years has let market forces do more to shape currency exchange rates. Even as Trump railed against Chinese currency manipulation in the presidential campaign, there already were signs that China was taking steps to keep the value of the yuan from sinking further against the dollar.

Trump didn’t let go of his accusation easily. As recently as April 2 he told The Financial Times that the Chinese are “world champions” of currency manipulation.

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TRUMP, speaking about fellow NATO members, says he wants to “make sure these countries start paying their bills a little bit more. You know, they’re way, way behind.” — Remarks in Kenosha.

THE FACTS: That’s an oversimplification of NATO financial obligations, and one Trump has made repeatedly. NATO members are not in arrears on payments. They committed in 2014 to ensuring that by 2024, they would be spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on their military budgets. Most NATO countries are spending less than that now, and Washington is putting pressure on them to do more.

In any event, the commitment is for these nations to spend more on their own military capabilities, which would strengthen the alliance, not to hand over money.



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 Apr 23, 2017 at 09:08 AM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Fact: jobs are great . This is thabks to pro business policies for financials ( yes financial firms hire tons off middle class ) and energy .

Fact: Isreal is very happy with trump who stuck out his neck and hired great pro Israel diplomats

Fact: Assad was taught a lesson for slaughtering innocent civilians

Fact : our Egyptian prisoner was brought home .

Fact : Normally the first 100 days are a free pass in deference to the new president . Trumps office has been impeeded by the strong anti trump camp . Great bills such as the Muslim ban and health care were stiffiled. This is unprecedented .

Trump is like 5% to blame by not seeing the writing on the walls on nov 8 . He should have saw that they won't let him live or eat Russian dressing . But it's unprecedented .

AP= Fake news . So sad

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 10:52 AM lazy-boy Says:

but don't most people Take Credit And Assign Blame?

True we expect the Pres to be on a higher standard, but he is a human, like us....

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 11:01 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Fact: jobs are great . This is thabks to pro business policies for financials ( yes financial firms hire tons off middle class ) and energy .

Fact: Isreal is very happy with trump who stuck out his neck and hired great pro Israel diplomats

Fact: Assad was taught a lesson for slaughtering innocent civilians

Fact : our Egyptian prisoner was brought home .

Fact : Normally the first 100 days are a free pass in deference to the new president . Trumps office has been impeeded by the strong anti trump camp . Great bills such as the Muslim ban and health care were stiffiled. This is unprecedented .

Trump is like 5% to blame by not seeing the writing on the walls on nov 8 . He should have saw that they won't let him live or eat Russian dressing . But it's unprecedented .

AP= Fake news . So sad

If I take your 'facts' as accurate, still nothing you wrote justifies calling anything about this AP article as 'fake news'; it's an excellent piece.

You're also quite charitable assigning anyone 5% blame for being unable to 'read the writing on the wall'. The expression has come to kind of mean 'understanding the obvious', which BTW is the opposite of the origin of the saying, which is a maiseh in sefer Daniel.

But your 'facts' aren't even 'real', in the sense that they're either outright wrong, or irrelevant to the measure being applied.

Fact (jobs): zerohedge.com 4/7: only 98K jobs were added, roughly half of the 180K expected . . . Worse, both prior months were revised lower . . . Where The March Jobs Were: Plunging Retail Workers Offset By Doormen Hiring Surge.

Fact (Israel): Great! But not relevant to most Americans or most Trump voters, and it's not an accomplishment to select one's own diplomats.

Fact (Syria): Great! (if it was him) But Assad was slaughtering innocent civilians for years before Trump was elected, and he campaigned on non-intervention anyway. This isn't an accomplishment, it's a flip-flop.

Fact (Egypt): Great!

Your post is what's fake facts.

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 11:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Fact: jobs are great . This is thabks to pro business policies for financials ( yes financial firms hire tons off middle class ) and energy .

Fact: Isreal is very happy with trump who stuck out his neck and hired great pro Israel diplomats

Fact: Assad was taught a lesson for slaughtering innocent civilians

Fact : our Egyptian prisoner was brought home .

Fact : Normally the first 100 days are a free pass in deference to the new president . Trumps office has been impeeded by the strong anti trump camp . Great bills such as the Muslim ban and health care were stiffiled. This is unprecedented .

Trump is like 5% to blame by not seeing the writing on the walls on nov 8 . He should have saw that they won't let him live or eat Russian dressing . But it's unprecedented .

AP= Fake news . So sad

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Fact (100 days): When was the Republican minhag ever to give a President 100 days deference? The Congress that stopped his health care repeal is Republican-controlled and it was his staunchest supporters (the self-styled "Freedom Caucus") that undercut him for flip-flopping on his campaign promises. The Muslim ban he spinelessly chose not to fight in the courts, even with a conservative-majority Supreme Court.

It's not the AP that's peddling 'fake news' here. It's just you.

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 11:26 AM Texas_Joe Says:

If the AP had published similar articles regarding Obama's credit and blame habits, then perhaps I could take this article seriously. This is merely manufactured, negative news. Ho hum. Boring.

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 12:48 PM besides the point Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

If I take your 'facts' as accurate, still nothing you wrote justifies calling anything about this AP article as 'fake news'; it's an excellent piece.

You're also quite charitable assigning anyone 5% blame for being unable to 'read the writing on the wall'. The expression has come to kind of mean 'understanding the obvious', which BTW is the opposite of the origin of the saying, which is a maiseh in sefer Daniel.

But your 'facts' aren't even 'real', in the sense that they're either outright wrong, or irrelevant to the measure being applied.

Fact (jobs): zerohedge.com 4/7: only 98K jobs were added, roughly half of the 180K expected . . . Worse, both prior months were revised lower . . . Where The March Jobs Were: Plunging Retail Workers Offset By Doormen Hiring Surge.

Fact (Israel): Great! But not relevant to most Americans or most Trump voters, and it's not an accomplishment to select one's own diplomats.

Fact (Syria): Great! (if it was him) But Assad was slaughtering innocent civilians for years before Trump was elected, and he campaigned on non-intervention anyway. This isn't an accomplishment, it's a flip-flop.

Fact (Egypt): Great!

Your post is what's fake facts.

You wrote: "'read the writing on the wall'. The expression has come to kind of mean 'understanding the obvious', which BTW is the opposite of the origin of the saying, which is a maiseh in sefer Daniel."

That makes it bizarre / hilarious / ironic (or in Trump-speak "sad") that it was a Trump supporter who said that about Trump, because in the Daniel story, the meaning of writing on the wall was that the king(President) was going to be assassinated that same evening, the kingdom was going to be successfully invaded, and the government overthrown. And so it was.

Someone call the Secret Service, quick!

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 12:59 PM qazxc Says:

We've elected a lying snowflake who can't stand any scrutiny. So very very sad.

Can't get anything done in his first 100 days even with both houses of Congress under control of his own party.

So so very bigly sad.

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 03:06 PM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

If I take your 'facts' as accurate, still nothing you wrote justifies calling anything about this AP article as 'fake news'; it's an excellent piece.

You're also quite charitable assigning anyone 5% blame for being unable to 'read the writing on the wall'. The expression has come to kind of mean 'understanding the obvious', which BTW is the opposite of the origin of the saying, which is a maiseh in sefer Daniel.

But your 'facts' aren't even 'real', in the sense that they're either outright wrong, or irrelevant to the measure being applied.

Fact (jobs): zerohedge.com 4/7: only 98K jobs were added, roughly half of the 180K expected . . . Worse, both prior months were revised lower . . . Where The March Jobs Were: Plunging Retail Workers Offset By Doormen Hiring Surge.

Fact (Israel): Great! But not relevant to most Americans or most Trump voters, and it's not an accomplishment to select one's own diplomats.

Fact (Syria): Great! (if it was him) But Assad was slaughtering innocent civilians for years before Trump was elected, and he campaigned on non-intervention anyway. This isn't an accomplishment, it's a flip-flop.

Fact (Egypt): Great!

Your post is what's fake facts.

Re jobs : numbers move back and forth and change based on so many facts on the ground . However , I work for corporate America . At my company there are about 25k employees of which 24,500 are middle income . The CFO has publicly announced that they are very optimistic about the Trump administration and the future outlook for the company . That means greater job security and year end bonuses for us all . These are facts on the ground not numbers that move all over . And it's just one example . Compile that with the new made in the USA business tone that companies are taking and we are doing great.

Re Israel , what's good for Israel is good for the whole USA . And appointing smart good diplomats is an accomplishment in it of itself .

Re : the republicans who were out there against Obama , that was after his first 100 days of his first term . During his first 100 days he was given the benefit of the doubt

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 06:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Re jobs : numbers move back and forth and change based on so many facts on the ground . However , I work for corporate America . At my company there are about 25k employees of which 24,500 are middle income . The CFO has publicly announced that they are very optimistic about the Trump administration and the future outlook for the company . That means greater job security and year end bonuses for us all . These are facts on the ground not numbers that move all over . And it's just one example . Compile that with the new made in the USA business tone that companies are taking and we are doing great.

Re Israel , what's good for Israel is good for the whole USA . And appointing smart good diplomats is an accomplishment in it of itself .

Re : the republicans who were out there against Obama , that was after his first 100 days of his first term . During his first 100 days he was given the benefit of the doubt

Do you even know what a 'fact' is? I mean, the dictionary definition? A 'feel-good' statement that you claim was made by your CFO that he has 'optimism' isn't a 'fact' about job growth. A 'tone' that you claim perceive, it isn't a factually created job. Those are examples of 'truthiness' emotional 'hand-waving', not facts. You don't really even know what a fact is, don't you?

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 Apr 24, 2017 at 11:45 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

Do you even know what a 'fact' is? I mean, the dictionary definition? A 'feel-good' statement that you claim was made by your CFO that he has 'optimism' isn't a 'fact' about job growth. A 'tone' that you claim perceive, it isn't a factually created job. Those are examples of 'truthiness' emotional 'hand-waving', not facts. You don't really even know what a fact is, don't you?

If the CFO is optimistic the company hires more . I see the new hires . Also it's greater job security for those of us already employed . These are facts my friend .

When companies like ford shut down a 1.6 billion dollar factory in Mexico and move to
the USA those are facts

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 Apr 24, 2017 at 06:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Trump specifically stated that "he would look into the one year sentence of a U.S. sailor"; the sailor had taken some photos of the inside of a nuclear sub, for his own viewing; he later threw his camera away, and the film was discovered. Trump felt that the one year sentence was excessive. Yet, in nearly 100 days, he has never commuted that sentence; nor has he done anything about Shalom Rubashkin's excessive 27 year sentence. Also, he has still not done anything about Pollard's harsh parole restrictions, which he can discontinue, at any time. Pollard is in ill health, and has to schlep up five flights of stairs, since his apartment has no elevator. He remains under house arrest for twelve hours per day. He cannot leave Manhattan, and must wear a monitoring device, which has to be recharged, even on Shabbos and Yom Tov. His parole officers have stated that they've never seen a non-violent first time offender, treated in such a harsh manner. The Justice Dept. is being very vindictive with Pollard, as they did not want to see him paroled, after 30 years; and they are looking for the slightest excuse to ship him back to prison.

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