Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Is There Truth to Trump’s Bold Claims about North Korean Denuclearization?

President Trump said on Thursday that North Korea had already begun to denuclearize, as he continued to trumpet the results of his summit meeting last week with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

Trump’s take on immigrant crime off mark

President Donald Trump got some crime and immigration statistics right Friday but was off the mark on others in an appearance with those he calls “angel families” — people who lost loved ones at the hands of those living in the country illegally. A look at how his statements compare with the facts.

Trump, Illegal Immigration And Crime

After days of damaging news stories about an administration policy that separated immigrant families at the Southern border, President Trump tried to change the narrative Friday. He spoke up for grieving family members who have lost loved ones at the hands of people in the country illegally.

Sessions vs. Sessions on Separating Families

Attorney General Jeff Sessions now says that the administration "never really intended" to separate families as part of its zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration. But Sessions had previously acknowledged that that's what would happen under this policy.

Stormy Daniels Didn’t Announce 2020 Campaign

Has Stormy Daniels announced she’s running for president? No. That false headline is based on a question she asked in jest.

The original source for Trump’s claim of 63,000 immigrant murders? Bad data from Steve King in 2006

All right. Settle in for a bit and maybe swipe over to the calculator app on your phone. We’re about to go on quite a numeric roller coaster ride.

One rally, one hour, almost 30 Trumpian claims

For an hour, Trump boasted about his successes, dismissed controversies, heckled the press and lambasted the Democrats. It was a classic 2016 “Make America Great Again” rally transported to 2018 — complete with a plethora of false or misleading statements.

President Trump's Duluth Rally Claims

President Trump addressed a large and enthusiastic crowd of supporters from Minnesota's Iron Range in Duluth on Wednesday. He touted the accomplishments of his first 17 months in office and called for the election of more Republicans in November's midterm elections. Some of the president's comments were exaggerated, lacked context or were downright false. Here's a roundup.

Is an ‘Obama Don’t Separate Me From My Mommy’ Protest Sign Real?

A photograph showing protesters holding a sign is real, but the sign is referring to separations due to the deportation of family members in the United States rather than forcibly separating families at the border.

Did Melania Trump Wear This Jacket When Visiting Children Separated from Their Families?

The First Lady made a surprise visit to detained immigrant children while wearing a jacket bearing the message "I DON'T REALLY CARE DO U?" on the back.

More Bogus Border Claims

During the ongoing family-separation controversy, President Donald Trump and others have made false or misleading statements on several immigration issues.

Conspiracy Theory Follows Call For ‘Space Force’

Did President Donald Trump call for the creation of a "space force" to fight off an "alien attack"? No. The president did request exploration of a "space force," but it is unrelated to extraterrestrial activity.

Trump overstates order on family separation

President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the scope of his executive order that would halt his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.

Fact-checking claims about Trump’s plan to stop family separations

A new executive order signed by President Trump lays out steps to end the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. We see this as a tacit admission by the Trump administration that many of its previous claims about family separations were bunk.

Did the Obama Administration Separate Families?

In defending its "zero tolerance" border policy that has caused the separation of families, the Trump administration has argued that the Obama and Bush administrations did this too. That's misleading. Experts say there were some separations under previous administrations, but no blanket policy to prosecute parents and, therefore, separate them from their children.

Trump’s False and Misleading Claims About Germany’s Crime and Immigration

A look at what the president got wrong.

Did Henry Kissinger Say Donald Trump Is the ‘One True Leader’?

Nixon's former Secretary of State once said Trump could go down in history as "a very considerable president," but he never praised him as the "one true leader."

Did the Obama Administration Place Immigrant Children With Human Traffickers?

A congressional report and criminal indictment resulted from a 2014 incident in which multiple immigrant children were handed off to a human trafficking ring.

Nielsen’s Rhetoric on Family Separations

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resorted to a rhetorical sleight of hand in recent days to defend the Trump administration’s policy of separating families that illegally cross the border.

President Trump’s claim that crime is up in Germany

In Trump’s view, Germany offers a cautionary tale: Let immigrants in and watch crime go up. But this warning carries weight only if his numbers are solid and crime is on the rise in Germany. Let’s find out.