20 FALSE Claims Trump Used in His Announcement Speech – Part 1

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Tariffs on China

Another false claim that Trump boasted about was related to his tariffs on China. He claimed that “no president had ever sought or got $1 for our country from China until I came along.” In reality, his claims are fake.

The US has had tariffs on China for over two centuries, and FactCheck.org even reported in 2019 that the US generated an “average of $12.3 billion in customs duties a year from 2007 to 2016, as the U.S.

International Trade Commission DataWeb explained.” Even more, American importers, not the Chinese ones, made the actual tariff payments. There are multiple studies that were made during Trump’s presidency that proved how Americans were bearing the cost of the tariffs.

Sea level rise

Trump also claimed that some unnamed folks decided not to talk about the threat of nuclear weapons because they are too busy with environmental issues, to which he added: “they say may affect us in 300 years.”

He also added that “they say the ocean will rise 1/8 of an inch in the next 200 to 300 years. But no, don’t worry about nuclear weapons that might take out entire countries with only one shot.” In reality, his claims are completely false.

Even more, let’s say we completely ignore the ludicrous contention that people aren’t actually paying attention to nuclear threats because they’re too busy with the environment – even then, it’s still false.

Sea levels are about to rise much more rapidly than Trump claimed. The US government’s National Ocean Service even mentioned on its website that “sea level on the U.S. coastline is about to rise, on average, with 10-12 inches in the next 30 years, which is just as much as the rise measured over the last 100 years (1920-2020).”

Dr*g use and punishment in China

Trump also claimed that Chinese leader Xi Jinping secretly told him that China doesn’t have any “dr*g problem”, mostly because the country has a very harsh treatment of drug traffickers. Then Trump went out and claimed the same thing: “if someone catches you dealing dr*gs in China, you will have an immediate and quick trial, and by the end of the day, you’re executed. It might be a terrible thing, but they have no dr*g problem.”

In reality, his claims aren’t true. According to Joe Amon, director of global health at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, “China has, in fact, a dr*g problem. China, just like the US, has a big number of people who use many dr*gs.” Even more, he explained how the Chinese government reported that “there were 1.49 million registered dr*g users all over the nation” at the end of 2021.

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