Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

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.

Democrats drop below 50 percent in Kentucky

Republicans have taken over Kentucky's state government, electing majorities in the state House and Senate and a Republican governor for the first time ever. But does their dominance extend to voter registration, which has long been ruled by Democrats?

Explaining Trump’s Claim About Canadians Smuggling Shoes Because of ‘Massive’ Tariffs

President Trump said on Tuesday that Canadians were smuggling shoes across the border “because the tariffs are so massive.” But under Nafta, Canada does not charge a tariff on American shoe imports.

Fact-checking Trump on immigration, family separations

President Donald Trump on Tuesday delivered a stream-of-consciousness-style speech on immigration as furor over his administration's separation of families at the border reaches a fever pitch. But his speech at a small business event in Washington contained several factual inaccuracies.

Did Obama administration separate families?

This claim, from DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and conservative commentators, is false, according to immigration advocates and former officials.

Fact-Checking the Trump Administration’s Case for Child Separation at the Border

The president, the attorney general and the secretary of homeland security have used lots of figures and interpretations of recent history to explain recent policy changes. Not all of it has been accurate.

Q&A on Border Detention of Children

The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. Southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. We answer those questions here.