Report: Trump Made 488 False Claims In First 100 Days

| by Jordan Smith

President Donald Trump made 488 false or misleading claims during his first 100 days in office, according to a recent report.

A fact-checking team at The Washington Post recorded each time the president said something false or misleading since he took office on Jan. 20.

The report said Trump made nine false or misleading claims alone during his first day in office. The team found 10 days out of Trump's first 100 on which no false or misleading claim was recorded.

The largest number of inaccurate statements were made by Trump in remarks or interviews, which accounted for 238 of the claims. In 99 cases, the remarks were made on Twitter, where the president regularly posts.

Trump's most frequent false assertions were his attempts to take credit for projects undertaken at Ford, General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler and other companies before he took office. Trump made such claims 25 times.

He also suggested 15 times that he had lowered the price of the F-35 fighter jet by $700 million, which The Washington Post reported was false.

Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 program, announced in December that Lockheed Martin planned to cut the price of the 90 planes it was selling to the U.S. military by up to $630 million.

Trump presented a different picture in comments he made in late April.

"Now there are 3,000 planes that are going to be ordered. On 90 planes I saved $725 million. It's actually a little bit more than that, but it's $725 million," said Trump, according to the Independent.

"And the reason they cut -- same planes, same everything -- was because of me. I mean, because that's what I do," he added.

Early on in Trump's presidency, Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island said of Trump's comments on the F-35 that he was "simply taking credit for what's been in the works for many months."

Another issue widely considered to be a false claim was Trump's suggestion that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower in New York wiretapped during the election campaign.

Trump said in a CBS News interview on May 1 that he still supports the allegation.

"I don't stand by anything. I just -- you can take it the way you want," the president said, according to the Daily Beast. "I think our side's been proven very strongly. And everybody's talking about it. And frankly it should be discussed. That is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it's a very big topic. And it's a topic that should be No. 1. And we should find out what the hell is going on."

Pressed on the issue by the interviewer, Trump refused to answer any further questions and ended the interview.

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