發表於 2017-2-17 23:57:34
President Trump took aim at reporters on Thursday for more than an hour at an impromptu White House news conference.
“The press has become so dishonest,” he said, and not talking about it would be “doing a tremendous disservice to the American people.” He added that the “level of dishonesty is out of control.”
In accusing the news media, though, Mr. Trump uttered several falsehoods of his own. Here is a list of some of the most important.
‘It was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.’
Mr. Trump won 306 Electoral College votes (and ended up with 304 officially), well above the threshold needed to secure the presidency but well behind several of his most recent predecessors. President Barack Obama won 332 Electoral College votes in 2012 and 365 four years earlier. President Bill Clinton received 370 Electoral College votes in 1992 and 379 in 1996. And President George Bush won 426 Electoral College votes in 1988.
When a reporter pressed Mr. Trump on the claim, he laid the blame elsewhere. “I was given that information,” he said.
‘Our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess.’
By most definitions, the economy is not a mess, nor is it in recession. The unemployment rate in January was 4.8 percent, compared with 7.8 percent in January 2009, when Mr. Obama took office.
Last month, the economy added 227,000 jobs, even though the unemployment rate is already low. The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits continues to hit lows not seen in decades.
‘But a new Rasmussen poll just came out just a very short while ago, and it has our approval rating at 55 percent and going up.’
Mr. Trump correctly cited the daily presidential tracking poll by Rasmussen. But the poll is an outlier, giving Mr. Trump an approval rating several points higher than others in the field. Real Clear Politics’ average of approval ratings finds that 44.6 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Trump is doing, compared with 50.3 percent who disapprove.
Gallup’s daily job approval tracker puts Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 40 percent, the lowest since he has taken office, and disapproval at 54 percent.
‘Let me tell you about the travel ban. We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban.’
Mr. Trump went on to say that aside from a federal district judge’s decision to temporarily halt the ban, its rollout had been “perfect.” By most measures, that is far from true.
The order’s announcement and speedy implementation created chaos across the country and around the world. Travelers already in transit were stranded, protests erupted in the United States, and green card holders were initially blocked from re-entering the country before being allowed back in. Several additional judges challenged various aspects of the measure.
Even senior Republicans who agreed with the order’s goals said it had been “poorly implemented” and had sown confusion by being “overly broad.”