Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump Israel pick talks tough on Palestinians

David Friedman, President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Israel, displayed an exhaustive knowledge of Israeli-Palestinian affairs during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, but at times glossed over intricacies of the famously complex region. A look at some of his statements before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

How much has President Trump achieved?

What has he accomplished so far?

Trump piles up the questionable assertions

President Donald Trump made a messy case that he "inherited a mess" from his predecessor. Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don't support his assertions about the problems handed to him on those fronts. A look at some of his claims in a news conference Thursday and how they compare with the facts.

President Donald Trump's news conference

President Donald Trump gave his first solo news conference during his presidency on Thursday, leaving many with more questions than answers.

What Trump got wrong on Twitter this week (#6)

Welcome to the sixth installment of our occasional feature looking at what the president got wrong on Twitter.

FactChecking Trump’s News Conference

President Donald Trump offered his spin on the first weeks of his administration, and made some familiar false claims, during his Feb. 16 press conference.

Trump Calls Press ‘Dishonest,’ Then Utters Falsehoods of His Own

President Trump took aim at reporters on Thursday for more than an hour at an impromptu White House news conference. “The press has become so dishonest,” he said, and not talking about it would be “doing a tremendous disservice to the American people.” He added that the “level of dishonesty is out of control.” In accusing the news media, though, Mr. Trump uttered several falsehoods of his own. Here is a list of some of the most important.

No, drugs are not cheaper than candy bars

The reason he said this is clear. Trump has been hammering on the threat posed by crime and the dangers of drug abuse for some time, in part because it helps make the political case for his policies, like building a wall on the Mexican border. But it isn’t really true.

Misplaced blame for nomination failure

The abrupt withdrawal of the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary brought swift blame from press secretary Sean Spicer, who said Democrats had "a double standard" for his party's president and former President Barack Obama. But it was only the Republicans who had the power to kill the nomination of fast-food executive Andrew Puzder. A look at the reality:

Trump's messy case that he inherited a mess

President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he "inherited a mess" from his predecessor. Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don't support his assertions about the problems handed to him on those fronts. A look at some of his claims in a news conference Thursday and how they compare with the facts.

Fact-checking President Trump’s news conference

Fact checking 15 dubious claims made by the president in his lengthy news conference.

Trump Spins Flynn Facts

President Donald Trump has been spinning the facts about Michael Flynn's resignation Feb. 14 as national security advisor.

Trump’s claim that there’s ‘tremendous amount of increase’ in autism cases

About one in 68 children in the country has been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the CDC’s 2016 report. That was the same rate as 2014 — just after a new, broader definition of autism was released. That’s about all we know so far.

Trump's iffy grasp of autism research

President Donald Trump has weighed in on child autism, apparently without a complete grasp of the research.

The fall of Michael Flynn: A timeline

Here’s a timeline of what we know about national security adviser Michael Flynn, his contacts with Russia and his resignation.

Did Donald Trump Insult Minorities and Students with Disabilities on Twitter? No

A rude tweet attributed to President Trump that appeared to disparage minority students and disabled schoolchildren was fabricated.

Was Donald Trump Seen at a Swiss Resort with Vladimir Putin Before the Election?

Reports that Donald Trump was spotted at a Swiss resort with Vladimir Putin before the 2016 election are fake news.

Democrats condemn Flynn after fake tweet

A fake Michael Flynn Twitter account has fooled two top House Democrats who cited a series of tweets in condemning President Donald Trump's former national security adviser.

No Trump order to deport welfare immigrants

A widely circulated report that President Donald Trump has signed an executive order calling for the deportation of immigrants who accept government welfare is false.

Trump’s claim that recent immigration arrests reflect his enforcement policies

At a news briefing with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Trump answered a question about the security of the U.S.-Canada border. Trump pointed to immigration enforcement efforts under the new homeland security secretary, John Kelly, and a recent string of highly publicized immigration arrests. Immigration enforcement was one of Trump’s key campaign promises — to prioritize deporting undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes (“criminal aliens”). Trump pointed to the recent arrests as an example of doing what he promised, by getting the “bad ones” out of the country. Is he correct?