Donald Trump, Sean Hannity Repeat Fake Claim About 250,000 Refugees Coming To U.S. (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Fox News host Sean Hannity recently claimed that the U.S. was taking in 250,000 refugees, which was repeated by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (video below).

In September, the parody news site Real News Right Now ran the fake headline, "U.S. to House 250,000 Syrian Refugees at Navajo, Standing Rock Indian Reservations."

The fake story read, in part: "'Due to the increasingly dire humanitarian situation in the Middle East, the United States has agreed to facilitate the transfer of a number of Syrian refugees to the Navajo and Standing Rock reservations where they will be provided with food, shelter, and medical treatment,' Cathy Pieper, a spokesperson for the Department of State, said Friday."

Media Matters for America notes that Hannity told Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush during his Fox News show on Oct. 19: "You see the backlash emerging now in Europe over the refugee problem from Syria and Iraq. And the president said he's going to bring in 250,000 refugees into this country."

On Oct. 20, Hannity repeated the claim to Trump: "This president has committed to nearly 250,000 [refugees] coming to America."

Trump, in turn, told "Today" show host Matt Lauer on Oct. 26: "We have a president that said 3,000, then it was 5,000, then it was 10,000 -- now he wants to bring in 250,000 people, who nobody even knows who they are, other than, and I watched the migration very carefully."

PolitiFact noted on Oct. 26 that the 250,000 number "is not only disconnected from anything Obama or his administration ever said, it flies in the face of any number associated with America’s refugee resettlement program."

The fact-checking site also could not find anyone by the name of "Cathy Pieper" at the U.S. State Department.

PolitiFact rated the 250,000 refugees claim to be untrue.

The White House did announce on Sept. 15: "The President has ... informed his team that he would like them to accept -- at least make preparations to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year."

Sources: Media Matters of America, PolitiFact, Real News Right NowWhite House / Photo Credit: NBC News Screenshot