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AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Kavanaugh accuser, drug prices, vets

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On this Oct. 2, 2018 photograph, President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a rally in Southaven, Miss. President Trump misrepresented the testimony of his Supreme Courtroom nominee’s chief accuser on a rally stage over the previous week as marketing campaign politics and the pitched wrestle over Brett Kavanaugh’s destiny. (AP Photograph/Rogelio V. Solis)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump misrepresented the testimony of his Supreme Courtroom nominee’s chief accuser in a mocking flip on a rally stage over the previous week as marketing campaign politics and the pitched wrestle over Brett Kavanaugh’s destiny offered fertile floor for distortion.

A take a look at a few of his rhetoric and the way it compares with the information:


TRUMP, as if recounting the questioning of Christine Blasey Ford at her Senate listening to: ‘How did you get there?’ ‘I don’t keep in mind.’ ‘Where is the place?’ ‘I don’t keep in mind.’ ‘How many years ago was it?’ ‘I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.’ ‘What neighborhood was it in?’ “I don’t know.’ ‘Where’s the house’ ‘I don’t know.’ Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?’ ‘I don’t know. But I had one beer, that’s the only thing I remember.’ And a man’s life is in tatters. A man’s life is shattered. … They want to destroy people. These are really evil people.”

THE FACTS: He’s improper to say Kavanaugh’s accuser couldn’t recall whether or not the alleged sexual assault occurred upstairs or downstairs or any degree of element relating to the probably location. She described in vivid element being in a locked upstairs bed room with Kavanaugh and his pal Mark Decide whereas others have been downstairs at a small home get together. Trump additionally falsely said that she didn’t keep in mind what number of years in the past this occurred. She recognized the summer time of 1982, when she was 15.

It’s true she couldn’t determine the home, or keep in mind how she acquired there or residence, however stated it was inside a “20 minute drive” between her home and a rustic membership within the Bethesda, Maryland, space.

Researchers say it’s common for individuals who have skilled a trauma to retain a searing reminiscence of the occasion however not circumstances surrounding it.



TRUMP: “You might have seen last month where I called up some of the drug companies. I said, ‘Folks, you just raised up the drug prices. You can’t do that.’ And they all reduced them. Do you believe it? That’s when I said, ‘I’ve a lot of power.’ Pfizer, right? You saw that. Pfizer, Novartis, they raised their drug prices and I’m bringing them down. I said, ‘What are you doing with raising them?’ ‘I’m sorry, Mr. President, we’ll reduce them immediately.’ I said, ‘Man, this is a powerful position.’” — Minnesota rally Thursday.

THE FACTS: His account is overstated.

His name with Pfizer was at the start of July, not final month. It got here proper after he criticized Pfizer on Twitter for elevating costs of about 40 medicine on July 1. Pfizer reversed these will increase, which means costs returned to their June 30 ranges, although solely till Jan. 1, 2019, on the newest. Novartis was considered one of a number of drugmakers that stated they wouldn’t increase any costs for the remainder of 2018, however they’d already achieved so on almost all of their medicine earlier within the yr.

Few, if any, drugmakers truly lowered costs because of Trump’s strain. A couple of medicine had worth cuts for enterprise causes.

Extra broadly, an Related Press investigation of brand-name prescribed drugs discovered 96 worth will increase for each worth discount within the first seven months of this yr. There have been fewer worth will increase this yr from January by way of July than in comparable prior yr durations, however corporations nonetheless raised costs much more typically than they reduce them.

AP analyzed 26,176 U.S. listing worth modifications for brand-name prescribed drugs from Jan. 1 via July 31 within the years 2015 by way of 2018, utilizing knowledge provided by well being info analytics agency Elsevier.



TRUMP: “We just passed Choice. That was 44 years they’ve been trying to pass Choice, so that if you have to wait in line for 9 days, 30 days, 21 days, months, you don’t do that anymore. If the line’s big, and if you’re unhappy with it, you go to a private doctor, they take care of you, and we paid the bill. It’s better. They’ve been trying to pass that one for many, many decades. They couldn’t do it. We got it passed.” — Tennessee rally Monday.

TRUMP: “We also passed Veterans’ Choice. Forty-four years they tried to do it.”— Mississippi rally Tuesday.

THE FACTS: He’s exaggerating enhancements to the Division of Veterans Affairs by incorrectly stating a private-sector well being care program was by no means handed by Congress earlier than him. He additionally falsely suggests the newly expanded program may have instant impact.

Congress first accepted the Veterans Selection program in 2014 within the wake of a scandal on the Phoenix VA medical middle by which some veterans died whereas ready months for appointments. This system permits veterans to see docs outdoors the VA system if they need to wait greater than 30 days for an appointment or drive greater than 40 miles to a VA facility.

Trump signed laws in June to increase the Selection program by giving veterans even wider entry to private-sector docs at authorities expense, topic to yet-to-be-finalized guidelines that may decide eligibility in addition to out there funding.

Opposite to what Trump suggests, the consequences of the newly expanded program will not be speedy. Key to its success is an overhaul of the VA’s digital medical data to permit seamless sharing of medical data not solely with the Pentagon but in addition personal physicians, a course of anticipated to take as much as 10 years. The VA additionally has but to resolve long-term financing for this system resulting from congressional price range caps that would put funding for VA or different home packages vulnerable to shortfalls subsequent yr.

At a Senate listening to final month, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie made clear that full implementation of the expanded Selection program was “years” away.



TRUMP: “The new platform of the Democrat Party is to abolish ICE — the brave, brave people of ICE. In other words, they want to abolish immigration enforcement entirely.” — Mississippi rally Tuesday.

THE FACTS: Whereas some Democrats within the Home and Senate have raised the prospect of eliminating Immigration and Customs Enforcement, no prime Democrats within the Home or Senate have referred to as for such a transfer. These Democrats who’ve expressed openness to eliminating ICE have stated they might not abandon border enforcement, which is essentially carried out by U.S. Customs and Border Safety.



TRUMP: “The agreement will govern nearly $1.2 trillion in trade, which makes it the biggest trade deal in the United States’ history.” — remarks Monday.

THE FACTS: That’s incorrect, just by advantage of the variety of commerce companions concerned.

The proposed new settlement, changing the North American Free Commerce settlement, covers the identical three nations. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiated by the Obama administration, included the three NAFTA companions — United States, Canada and Mexico — plus Japan and eight different Pacific Rim nations. Trump withdrew america from the pact on his third day in workplace.

Even the Pacific deal pales as compared with one which did go into impact with the U.S. on board, the Uruguay Spherical. Concluded in 1994, the spherical of negotiations created the World Commerce Group and was signed by 123 nations. The Federal Reserve Financial institution of Boston discovered the next yr that the WTO’s preliminary membership accounted for greater than 90 % of worldwide financial output.


TRUMP: “This deal will also impose new standards requiring at least 75 percent of every automobile to be made in North America in order to qualify for the privilege of free access to our markets.” — remarks Monday.

THE FACTS: That’s true. However as with all such requirement, it might make autos costlier by discouraging using cheaper elements from abroad. The identical could possibly be true of one other provision, requiring at the very least 40 % of a automotive’s content material to be constructed the place staff earn $16 an hour. The brand new United States-Mexico-Canada Settlement certainly accommodates larger employee protections, a trade-off that would imply larger prices.

The pact, if accredited by Congress, will increase the share of a automotive’s content material that have to be constructed inside the commerce bloc to 75 % from 62.5 % whether it is to qualify for duty-free standing.

Equally, the deal would give pharmaceutical corporations that make biologics —ultra-expensive medicine produced in dwelling cells — 10 years of safety from generic competitors, two extra years than the Obama administration had negotiated underneath the Pacific deal. That additionally comes with the potential trade-off of upper prices for customers of the medicine.


TRUMP, on overcoming the key hitch with Canada: “Dairy was a deal-breaker. And now for our farmers it’s, as you know, substantially opened up much more. And I know they can’t open it completely. They have farmers also. You know, they can’t be overrun. And I fully — and I tell them that. I say, ‘Look, I understand you have limits.’ But they could do much better.” — remarks Monday.

THE FACTS: That’s a good studying of one of many settlement’s most vital modifications — although dairy solely accounts for about zero.1 % of U.S.-Canada commerce. Canada’s tariffs on dairy imports can strategy 300 %. U.S. dairy farmers have additionally complained about Canadian insurance policies that priced the U.S. out of the marketplace for some dairy powders and allowed Canada to flood world markets with its personal variations.

The brand new settlement would finish the discriminatory pricing and prohibit Canadian exports of dairy powders. Nonetheless, it’s in some respects an incremental advance from the Pacific deal that Trump walked away from. It might broaden U.S. entry to as much as three.75 % of the Canadian dairy market, versus three.25 % within the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Above that degree, U.S. dairy farmers will nonetheless face Canada’s punishing tariffs.


TRUMP: “As one primary aspect, it will transform North America back into a manufacturing powerhouse.” — remarks Monday.

THE FACTS: North America already is a producing powerhouse. America ranks No. 2 on the earth behind China in manufacturing output. Mexico ranks 11th and Canada 13th, in accordance with U.N. numbers pulled collectively by the Brookings Establishment.


TRUMP: “I think my biggest concession was making the deal, because we could have done it a different way. But it would have been nasty, and it wouldn’t have been nice, and I don’t want to have that.” — remarks Monday.

THE FACTS: Different concessions have been made, as is usually the case in commerce agreements.

For one, the “supply management” system Canada makes use of to guard its farmers would stay largely intact. For an additional, 2.6 million passenger automobiles from Canada and Mexico every can be exempt from tariffs of as much as 25 % that he has been threatening to impose on imported automobiles, vans and auto elements. And Canada prevailed in insisting that a NAFTA dispute-resolution course of be retained. The U.S. needed to eliminate it.


Related Press writers Linda Johnson in Trenton, New Jersey, and Paul Wiseman in Washington contributed to this report.


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