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13:48, 17 July 2018

Reality Check of the Day: 8 Suspect Claims From the Trump-Putin News Conference


Truth Verify of the Day: 8 Suspect Claims From the Trump-Putin News Conference

Reality Verify of the Day

8 Suspect Claims From the Trump-Putin News Conference

President Trump contradicted U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and President Vladimir V. Putin mentioned he didn&rsquot know that Mr. Trump was in Russia in 2013.

Linda Qiu

By Linda Qiu

&ldquoMy folks came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some other folks, they stated they think it&rsquos Russia. I have President Putin he just stated it&rsquos not Russia. I will say this: I don&rsquot see any purpose why it would be.&rdquo &mdash Donald Trump

This is disputed.

Those who accused Russia of seeking to influence the 2016 election include the United States intelligence neighborhood, Democratic lawmakers and most Republican lawmakers, technologies businesses like Google and Facebook, and even leading members of Mr. Trump&rsquos administration.

Robert S. Mueller III, the particular counsel, indicted 13 Russians and 3 firms in February, accusing them of posing as American activists and manipulating the election. On Friday, he charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Mr. Trump, nevertheless, has either cast doubt on or explicitly disagreed with this assessment considering that 2016 &mdash even although he has also falsely denied performing so.

&ldquoThe Pakistani gentleman&rdquo is an reference to to Imran Awan, a Pakistani-American former technology worker for Democratic employees in the House of Representatives. Some conservative commentators have suggested that Mr. Awan and his associates stole and sold equipment, information and probably even the Democratic National Committee emails that have been released in the course of the election.

(Mr. Trump, also, has cited Mr. Awan in numerous Twitter posts, and spoke about him in an interview with The New York Times in December.)

Mr. Awan was arrested last summer on unrelated charges of getting a fraudulent bank loan and pleaded guilty this month. In the plea agreement, dated July three, federal prosecutors wrote that the government interviewed 40 witnesses, examined the House Democratic Caucus&rsquos server, computer systems, difficult drives and other electronic devices, reviewed electronic communications in between Residence workers and questioned Mr. Awan during voluntary interviews. They concluded:

&ldquoThe government has uncovered no proof that your client violated federal law with respect to the Home pc systems. Especially, the government has found no evidence that your client illegally removed Property data from the Property network or from Property members&rsquo offices, stole the Property Democratic Caucus server, stole or destroyed Residence details technologies gear, or improperly accessed or transferred government details, like classified or sensitive info.&rdquo

&ldquoBut, as you know, the whole notion of that came up perhaps a little bit just before, but it came out as a cause why the Democrats lost an election which, frankly, they ought to have been in a position to win, due to the fact the Electoral College is a lot more advantageous for Democrats, as you know, than it is to Republicans.&rdquo &mdash Donald Trump

This is false.

Mr. Trump was responding to a question that was meant for Mr. Putin, about why Americans ought to think the Russian president&rsquos statement that Moscow did not intervene in the 2016 election. Instead, Mr. Trump jumped in to claim that the &ldquoconcept&rdquo of Russian election interference did not emerge until following the November 2016 vote.

In fact, the Democratic National Committee, congressional Democrats and the Obama administration had sounded the alarms months ahead of the election.

The D.N.C. pointed to Russian hackers in June 2016. Congressional Democrats blamed Russia in September 2016. And the United States intelligence neighborhood formally accused Russia of hacking and releasing the Democratic committee&rsquos emails in October 2016.

As for his claim that the Electoral College is &ldquomuch more advantageous for Democrats,&rdquo it&rsquos worth noting that Democrats have lost two out of the past 5 presidential electoral votes, regardless of winning the popular vote.

&ldquoI beat Hillary Clinton simply.&rdquo

&ldquoWe won the Electoral College by a lot: 306 to 223, I think.&rdquo &mdash Donald Trump

This is exaggerated.

Mr. Trump had a combined 306 Electoral College votes to Hillary Clinton&rsquos 232, not 223, as he said.

But two of Mr. Trump&rsquos pledged electors and five of Mrs. Clinton&rsquos opted to vote for other candidates, so the final tally was 304 to 227. (Some, but not all, states call for the electors to honor the well-liked vote, or can fine or replace electors who break their pledge.)

His claim that he beat Mrs. Clinton &ldquoeasily&rdquo is also dubious. Mr. Trump&rsquos share of Electoral College votes ranked 46 out of 58 elections. He also lost the popular vote by the third biggest margin amongst winning presidential candidates because 1824.

&ldquoWell, truly I named him a competitor. And a good competitor he is. And I consider the word &lsquocompetitor&rsquo is a compliment.&rdquo &mdash Donald Trump

This requires context.

Mr. Trump was responding to a Russian reporter who mentioned the American president had referred to as Mr. Putin &ldquoan adversary, a rival.&rdquo Mr. Trump denied that he had ever utilized those words.

Yet in an interview with CBS that aired on Sunday, Mr. Trump particularly utilized the word &ldquofoe&rdquo to describe Russia (as well as the European Union and China) &mdash even though he clarified the word wasn&rsquot necessarily damaging.

Right here is what he stated in that interview:

&ldquoWell, I believe we have a lot of foes. I believe the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn&rsquot feel of the European Union, but they&rsquore a foe. Russia is foe in particular respects. China is a foe economically, surely they are a foe. But that doesn&rsquot imply they are poor. It doesn&rsquot imply something. It indicates that they are competitive.&rdquo

&ldquoWe&rsquoll be competing &mdash as you know, the United States is now &mdash or quickly will be, but I believe it truly is proper now the largest in the oil and gas world.&rdquo &mdash Donald Trump

This calls for context.

Asked about his misleading comment last week that Germany is &ldquocaptive&rdquo to Russia since of its Russian gas imports, Mr. Trump said the United States &ldquowill be competing&rdquo with Russia as an power provider.

It is correct that the United States was the leading producer of oil and all-natural gas in 2017, according to the Energy Information Administration, the Energy Division&rsquos statistical agency.

But the United States nonetheless relies on foreign oil imports, given that it is the planet&rsquos best oil consumer, and all round is a net importer of energy. It does, nevertheless, export a lot more natural gas than it imports.

&ldquoWhen President Trump was at Moscow back then, I didn&rsquot even know that he was in Moscow. I treat President Trump with utmost respect, but back then when he was a private person, a businessman, nobody informed me that he was in Moscow.&rdquo &mdash Vladimir Putin

This is disputed.

In November 2013, Mr. Trump hosted the Miss Universe pageant in a suburb of Moscow. Mr. Putin&rsquos claim of ignorance of Mr. Trump&rsquos presence is contradicted by Mr. Trump himself, as properly as two other people.

In a 2014 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Mr. Trump claimed that Mr. Putin had sent him a &ldquobeautiful present with a beautiful note&rdquo while he was hosting the pageant. That identical year, in a speech to the National Press Club, Mr. Trump stated he &ldquospoke, indirectly and straight, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer&rdquo during his time in Moscow. (Mr. Trump backtracked on those comments for the duration of the 2016 election, when he mentioned he had no partnership with Mr. Putin.)

Aras Agalarov, a Moscow billionaire who knows the Trump family members, told The Washington Post in June 2016 that Mr. Putin canceled a scheduled look at the pageant. But Mr. Putin sent Mr. Trump &ldquoa decorative lacquered box, a conventional Russian gift, and a warm note,&rdquo according to Mr. Agalarov.

Mr. Agalarov&rsquos publicist, Rob Gladstone, brokered the June 2016 meeting between the Trump campaign and a Kremlin-connected lawyer. Final December, Mr. Gladstone told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Mr. Agalarov referred to as on behalf of Mr. Putin&rsquos spokesman to apologize for not becoming in a position to meet with Mr. Trump.

&ldquoFor instance, we can bring up the Mr. Browder in this particular case. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.five billion in Russia. They never ever paid any taxes, neither in Russia nor in the United States, and yet the money escaped the country. They had been transferred to the United States. They sent large amount of income, $400 million, as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.&rdquo &mdash Vladimir Putin

No evidence.

Bill Browder is a London-based financier who has led an international campaign against Russian human rights abusers. Mr. Putin&rsquos estimate of the amount of money that Mr. Browder&rsquos associates contributed to the Clinton campaign is overstated.

The Clinton campaign and outdoors groups supporting her candidacy raised $800 million in the course of the 2016 campaign. It is improbable that 3 brothers who are associates of Mr. Browder and have invested with him, had been accountable for half of that haul. As The New York Instances has reported:

Taken collectively, the brothers behind the firm &mdash Daniel, Dirk and Robert Ziff &mdash combined with their spouses and parents have donated practically $5 million to Democratic and Republican campaigns and committees since the 1980s, according to Federal Election Commission records. That contains about $35,000 to Mrs. Clinton&rsquos various committees and $1.1 million to the Democratic National Committee.

Daniel Ziff also donated among $50,001 and $one hundred,000 to the Clinton family members&rsquos charitable foundation in 2015.

Sources: The New York Times, C-Span, CBS, Power Information Administration, The Washington Post, Senate Judiciary Committee

Published at Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:06:45 +0000


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