However Trump nonetheless made false and deceptive claims, most of them repeats from previous briefings. And Vice President Mike Pence accused a reporter of a misunderstanding about testing that Pence’s personal phrases had created weeks earlier.
This story shall be up to date by the evening. This is a preliminary verify of the info behind the claims:
At Monday’s information convention, the President was requested about China’s function within the pandemic. Trump repeated his common false declare that the US “by no means took in 10 cents from China” earlier than he took workplace.
Details First: Not solely are Individuals bearing most of the price of Trump’s tariffs however the US has additionally had tariffs on China for greater than two centuries, producing a mean of $12 billion a yr from 2007 to 2016.
China journey restrictions
Trump additionally talked about his oft-repeated false declare about inserting journey restrictions on China as a result of coronavirus.
He claimed throughout Monday’s information convention that “we closed the border,” including: “We put a ban on China, aside from our residents coming in.”
Details First: Whereas Trump acknowledged this time that his journey restrictions on China contained exemptions for sure folks — he normally simply describes it as a “ban” with out elaboration — he nonetheless wasn’t telling the total story. Residents weren’t the one exempted group; he additionally exempted everlasting residents, a number of the shut members of the family of residents and everlasting residents, and a few others.
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The restrictions didn’t apply to US residents, because the President famous, however in addition they excluded everlasting residents, the spouses of residents and everlasting residents, many dad and mom of each teams, many siblings of each teams and a few others.
Requested why Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar stays in his Cupboard, Trump sought to defend his administration’s response to the coronavirus, together with imposing journey restrictions on China. He additionally tried to deflect scrutiny by implying that Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been late to comprehend the hazard of the virus as a result of she had inspired folks to go to San Francisco’s Chinatown in February.
“I may let you know that Nancy Pelosi was dancing within the streets in Chinatown. She wished to go. ‘Let’s exit and occasion.’ Now that was late into February, so you do not point out that. However you possibly can point out that,” Trump stated.
Details First: There isn’t a obtainable footage of Pelosi dancing within the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown throughout her February 24 go to, and he or she didn’t name for folks to “exit and occasion.” She did go to the neighborhood amid issues of rising anti-Chinese language bigotry, and he or she did encourage folks to go to the realm, however Trump has repeatedly exaggerated what she stated and did.
Throughout Monday’s information convention, Trump was requested about feedback former Vice President Joe Biden made that he believes Trump might attempt to delay November’s presidential election. Trump stated he hadn’t thought of altering the date after which launched into a brand new false declare — suggesting that Biden did not make these feedback himself.
“That was simply made-up propaganda. Not by him, however by a number of the many individuals which are working, writing little statements,” Trump stated, later including: “He did not make these statements. However any person did. However they stated he made it.”
“Mark my phrases: I feel he’s going to attempt to chill the election in some way, provide you with some rationale why it could actually’t be held,” Biden stated on the digital occasion.