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Report: Trump Made 488 False Or Misleading Statements (Video)

| by Michael Allen

President Donald Trump has made nearly 500 misleading or false statements since taking office on Jan. 20, according to a new report (video below).

The Washington Post did a "fact check tally" on the president's first 100 days, and found that he has made 488 false or misleading statements since being sworn in, which comes to an average of 4.9 per day.

The newspaper found the longest period of time that Trump has gone without a false assertion is 10 days; six of those days were when he was golfing.

On the high end, Trump has made more than 20 false assertions on four different days -- Feb. 16, Feb. 28, March 20 and April 21 -- according to The Washington Post. On April 29, Trump reportedly hit 19, which was his 100th day in office.

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The major sources of his false statements were on Twitter and during unscripted moments with journalists. The newspaper notes that Trump is different from most politicians because he repeats a falsehood even after it has been proven false by fact checkers.

The Fact Checker team at The Washington Post gave Trump 59 Four-Pinocchio ratings while he ran for president, and has so far given him 16 more Four-Pinocchio ratings during his presidency. The team created an interactive tool where people can look up the dates of Trump's false assertions.

One unproven assertion that Trump has repeatedly made is that President Barack Obama wiretapped him and/or his campaign team.

Trump brought it up again as "surveillance" during an interview with "CBS This Morning" journalist John Dickerson on May 1.

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Dickerson noted that Trump had called Obama "sick and bad," and asked the president: "Do you stand by that claim about [Obama]?"

Trump answered: "I don’t stand by anything. I just ,  you can take it the way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly, and everybody’s talking about it."

The interview ended with Trump stating: "You can take it anyway you want ... You don't have to ask me because I have my own opinions. You can have your own opinions ... That's enough."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked later in the day by a reporter: "The president said, 'I don’t stand by anything.' How is the American public supposed to digest that, supposed to trust what the president says when he himself says, of his own comments, 'I don’t stand by anything.'"

After the reporter recalled the highly publicized exchange between Dickerson and Trump -- only hours earlier -- to Spicer, the press secretary replied: "That was a long back and forth exchange. That's why I'm asking for the context. I think the point is, he clearly stands by that. That’s something that’s made very clear if you look at the entire back and forth exchange."

Sources: The Washington Post (2), CBS This Morning via YouTube, MSNBC via YouTube / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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