President Trump says a lot of false things, big and small, a record 40 last week and an average of 2.5 per day for his presidency.

 

In fact: “I’m not aware of such inspections; there are areas of Puerto Rico where we really haven’t gotten contact,” Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CNN. When the Star asked FEMA directly whether Trump’s claim was accurate, the agency would not answer directly – or address building inspections at all. Instead, a spokesperson sent an explanation of other activities the agency was undertaking. In sum, it was not clear that FEMA and the military were doing mass building inspections at all, let alone Trump’s obviously false claim that they had inspected “all” buildings.

  • “In analyzing the Alabama Primary race,FAKE NEWS always fails to mention that the candidate I endorsed went up MANY points after endorsement!” – Trump said.

Actually this did not happen. Trump endorsed Luther Strange on Aug. 8, during the first round of the primary, which involved about five candidates of note. A poll conducted two days prior had Strange trailing leader Roy Moore by eight percentage points. In the final runoff, Moore ended up defeating Strange by 9.2 percentage points.

  • “When you look at Texas and when you look at Florida, it’s a whole different level. Nobody has ever seen when you have a Category 5 wipe out an island like this,” President Trump said before Marine One departure.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm.

  • “And a very big question is: What are we going to do with the power plant? Because the power plant has been wiped out. It’s not like, let’s go back and fix it. That’s what I do; I’m a good construction guy. You don’t go back and fix it; there is nothing.”

The president appears to be confusing power lines with power plants. Hurricane Maria did not cause major damage to Puerto Rico’s plants, Ken Buell, director of Emergency Response and Recovery with the US Department of Energy, told the website The Verge. “One of the plants is on the top eastern edge of the island and actually took what appeared to be a direct hit from Maria. So the fact that these plants are okay to start is a good thing,” he said. ABC reported that Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello also said the power plants were “not severely damaged.”

  • “I have a great Cabinet. And we save hundreds of millions of dollars through negotiation. I’ll give you an example. With the F-35 fighter plane – me, myself – I’ve saved hundreds of millions of dollars in negotiating.”

In fact: “Trump was not responsible for these savings. Lockheed Martin had been moving to cut the price well before Trump was elected, multiple aviation and defence experts say. Just a week after Trump’s election, the head of the F-35 program announced a reduction of 6 to 7 per cent — in the $600 million to $700 million range. “Trump’s claimed $600 million cut is right in the ballpark of what the price reduction was going to be all along,” wrote Popular Mechanics. “Bottom line: Trump appears to be taking credit for years of work by the Pentagon and Lockheed,” Aviation Week reported, per the Washington Post.”

  • “I just wanted to say, though, on healthcare, we have the votes for health-care. We have one senator that’s in the hospital. He can’t vote because he’s in the hospital. He can’t vote because he’s in the hospital.”

In fact: This is wrong in two ways. First, nobody was in the hospital. The senator to whom Trump was referring, Mississippi’s Thad Cochran, was at home recovering from a urological issue. “”I’m not hospitalized, but am recuperating at home in Mississippi and look forward to returning to work soon,” Cochran wrote on Twitter. Second, Trump did not have the votes no matter where Cochran was. Three Republicans had publicly declared their opposition, which meant the bill would have fallen short of the needed 50 votes in favour even if Cochran was in attendance.

  • “But I feel we have the votes. I’m almost certain we have the votes. But with one man in the hospital, we cannot display that we have them.”

In fact: This is wrong in two ways. First, nobody was in the hospital. The senator to whom Trump was referring, Mississippi’s Thad Cochran, was at home recovering from a urological issue. “”I’m not hospitalized, but am recuperating at home in Mississippi and look forward to returning to work soon,” Cochran wrote on Twitter. Second, Trump did not have the votes no matter where Cochran was. Three Republicans had publicly declared their opposition, which meant the bill would have fallen short of the needed 50 votes in favour even if Cochran was in attendance.

  • “In other words, he can’t come here and vote because he’s in the hospital.”

In fact: Nobody was in the hospital. The senator to whom the president was referring, Mississippi’s Thad Cochran, was at home recovering from a urological issue. “”I’m not hospitalized, but am recuperating at home in Mississippi and look forward to returning to work soon,” Cochran wrote on Twitter.

  • “I think (NFL owners are) afraid of their players, you want to know the truth. And I think it’s disgraceful. And they’ve got to be tough and they’ve got to be smart, because you look at the ratings. The ratings are going way down.”

In fact: Ratings were up 3 per cent the weekend prior to this tweet. “Viewership did decline during three Sunday games, but increased in the 1 p.m. slot on CBS as well as during Thursday Night Football. Monday night’s game, between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals, spiked 63 percent in viewership from last year when the game shared the same time slot as the first presidential debate,” the New York Times reported. Even aside from the Monday Night Football spike, “way down” would be an exaggeration.

The Star’s running a list of every false claim president Trump has made since his inauguration on Jan. 20 — 653 so far.