Fact-checking Trump claims at Iowa rally

The president further made the startling pledge to bar immigrants from getting welfare benefits for five years.
By James Carlin | Jun 24, 2017
President Trump made a lot of exaggerated claims and repeated what could be characterized as outright lies during his self-promoting rally in Iowa on Wednesday, according to The New York Times.

For example, Trump told his audience that insurance companies "have all fled the state of Iowa." But while Medica, the lone remaining company in the state, threatened to leave in May, it has since reversed itself, saying it will stay but only by charging higher premiums.

Trump also erroneously claimed that the U.S. is "the highest-taxed nation in the world." In fact, the U.S. ranks in the middle or lower among 35 economically advanced countries, the Times said.

The president further made the startling pledge to bar immigrants from getting welfare benefits for five years. But those requirements have been the law since passage of welfare reform in 1996. Exceptions are refugees, asylum seekers, victims of trafficking, and immigrants who have served in the military.

Trump also exaggerated his legislative accomplishments, touting the nearly 40 bills he signed into law as "really big."

But the Times points out that while the 14 bills eliminating regulations from the Obama administration were a clear shift in regulatory policy, they are not thought of as major legislation. Among the remaining bills, four were symbolic, one approved NASA's mission, one involved weather forecasting, and others established minor rules for federal employees, appointed regents to the Smithsonian Institution, and helped Minnesota's ambition to host a 2023 world's fair.

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