Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Putting Donald Trump to the Truth-O-Meter

Donald Trump, a possible presidential candidate in 2012, appeared on "The View" recently and said, “We have 25,000 soliders over there protecting (South Korea). They don't pay us. Why don't they pay us?”
Donald Trump, a possible presidential candidate in 2012, appeared on "The View" recently and said, “We have 25,000 soliders over there protecting (South Korea). They don't pay us. Why don't they pay us?”

Donald Trump, described on his Wikipedia page as "an American business magnate, socialite, author, and television personality," has become a significant player in the Republican campaign for president.

The new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll shows him tied for second (with Mike Huckabee) with 17 percent of  the Republican vote. (Mitt Romney was first, with 21 percent.)

Trump has said he is seriously considering running and lately has made appearances on many television shows, including Daily Rundown, Morning Joe and, this morning, the Today Show.

We've put him to the Truth-O-Meter twice so far and found both of his claims to be incorrect.

In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, he said that, "The people that went to school with (Barack Obama), they never saw him, they don't know who he is." We found that ridiculously false and rated it Pants on Fire.

We also checked his claim that South Korea doesn't pay the United States for troops. We rated that False.

We're checking another Trump claim and should have it posted later today.