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Campaign Press Release - Correct The Record: Fact Checking Biden's CNN Interview?

September 10, 2020

In a rare national TV interview, Biden peddled falsehoods and outright lies

BIDEN: "Look what [Trump's] tax cut did. The multi-billion dollar, trillion-dollar tax cut that went mainly to the very wealthy and to corporate America."

FACT: Similar claims from Democrats have been debunked; President Trump's tax cuts benefitted Americans at every income level, and are delivering important benefits for American families and workers.

  • 82 percent of middle-income earners received a tax cut thanks to President Trump, and 65 percent of all taxpayers are estimated to have seen their taxes go down
  • The average family of four received a $2,000 tax cut, while also seeing benefits like the doubling of the child tax credit and lower energy bills
  • The Trump tax cuts are also helping workers, and are projected to create 1.4 million new jobs across all 50 states
  • As The New York Timeseven admitted, there is "little disagreement" by experts that "most people got a tax cut"

BIDEN: "Why did [Trump] insist that the 44 people we had [in China], while I and others are insisting that they go in and have access to see really what is happening, to know the detail. Why did he not insist on that?"

FACT: The Trump Administration first tried to get American officials into China in early January; Biden didn't call for sending experts into China until February 25, 50 days later

  • This often repeated claim by Biden has been repeatedly debunked by fact-checkers
  • CDC Director Robert Redfield offered to send CDC experts to China as early as January 4, and the issue was raised multiple times by Administration officials in the weeks after
    • President Trump personally raised the issue in a call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping
  • Biden did not call on China to admit U.S. experts until February 25, after U.S. officials were already on the ground

BIDEN: "... what we did in terms of taking a significant portion of the Navy – 60 percent – and getting it into Asia to make sure [China] could not control those sea lanes, which they were doing. What has Trump done? He's done nothing about it."

FACT: Unlike Biden, who has failed to stand up to China, President Trump has taken a strong stance against Chinese aggression in the South China Sea

  • The Trump Administration formally rejected China's claims in the South China Sea, a move the Obama-Biden Administration refused to take
    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Beijing's claims to the South China Sea are "completely unlawful" and Beijing would not be allowed to "treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire"
  • Freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea increased dramatically under President Trump, with a record number of exercises in 2019
  • President Trump sanctioned 24 Chinese companies for their role in helping the Chinese military in the South China Sea

BIDEN: "Remember, [Trump] didn't – he wasn't the one that pushed [USMCA]. The House amended the bill."

FACT: This is President Trump's USMCA, not Nancy Pelosi's.

  • As CNN's Jake Tapper pointed out, President Trump successfully negotiated the USMCA to replace the disastrous NAFTA trade deal
  • Meanwhile, House Democrats delayed a vote on it for a year while America's workers and businesses waited
  • Unlike Biden, who pledged to renegotiated NAFTA but then failed to do so, President Trump delivered a new trade deal to help America's economy and workers
    • USMCA will create an estimated 176,000 new American jobs and boost the economy

BIDEN: "And he calls them losers? He calls them suckers?"

FACT:At least 14 officials who were on the trip to France with President Trump have gone on the record to refute the anonymous sources and allegations in The Atlantic article:

Additionally, The Atlantic's reporting has been refuted by a White House email and Navy documents that directly show a "bad weather call" was the reason for the canceled presidential trip to Aisne-Marne cemetery in 2018.

BIDEN: "[Trump] won't put on a mask. He's talking about, it's ridiculous to put on masks."

FACT: President Trump has strongly advocated that Americans wear masks, and he has worn one himself many times.

  • In March, President Trump recommended that people could use a scarf as a mask
  • In April, President Trump announced that the CDC was recommending wearing face masks
  • In July, President Trump recommended that all Americans wear masks "whether they like the mask or not"
  • In July, President Trump tweeted a photo of himself wearing a mask and said wearing masks is patriotic

BIDEN: "We had firm, firm constraints on what [North Korea] could buy and what they could sell in their economies. He's blown it."

FACT: President Trump has not lifted sanctions on North Korea

Donald J. Trump, Campaign Press Release - Correct The Record: Fact Checking Biden's CNN Interview? Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/345560

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