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At CPAC, Trump Misleads About Biden, a Russian Pipeline and Gasoline Costs

By , in Politics , at February 27, 2022

The previous president made inaccurate claims about his border wall, the Biden administration and a Russian pipeline, amongst different matters.

Former President Donald J. Trump repeated acquainted boasts and grievances in a keynote speech on the Conservative Political Motion Convention on Saturday.

Mr. Trump repeatedly invoked the lie that the 2020 election was “rigged” and mounted exaggerated assaults on President Biden. Whilst he condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as an “atrocity” and praised the nation’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, as a “courageous man,” he repeated his misleading claim that the Obama administration had merely supplied Ukraine with “blankets.”

Right here’s a fact-check.

What Mr. Trump Mentioned

“The wall might be rapidly competed. We’ll construct the wall and full the wall in three weeks. It took two and half years on the wall, two and half years simply to win all of the litigation, over 11 lawsuits that they threw at us. And we now have it nearly completed, and I mentioned they will’t be critical. They don’t need to shut up the little loops.”

False. Throughout his marketing campaign in 2016, Mr. Trump promised to construct a 1,000-mile-long border wall that would be paid for by Mexico. By the point he left workplace, his administration had constructed 453 miles of border wall, most of which changed or bolstered present obstacles. In locations the place no obstacles beforehand existed, the administration constructed a complete of 47 miles of latest major wall.

Mr. Trump’s vow that he would have been in a position to full the wall inside three weeks additionally doesn’t observe with the preliminary development tempo. Building of substitute obstacles in Calexico, Calif., began in February 2018, the primary border wall undertaking beneath Mr. Trump. Building of the primary new part of wall within the Rio Grande Valley started in November 2019. That quantities to 12.9 miles of substitute wall and three.three miles of latest wall monthly.

What Mr. Trump Mentioned

“Only one yr in the past, we had probably the most safe border in U.S. historical past, document low fuel costs.”

False. When Mr. Trump left workplace in January 2021, the national average price of a gallon of gasoline for that month was $2.42. That isn’t a document low. Gasoline costs fell to $2.21 in January 2015 beneath former President Barack Obama, $1.13 beneath former President George W. Bush and $0.96 beneath former President Invoice Clinton.

What Mr. Trump Mentioned

“I’m the one who ended his pipeline. He mentioned you’re killing me with the pipeline. No one else ended his pipeline. Biden got here in. He accepted it.”

That is deceptive. Mr. Trump was referring to the standing of a pure fuel pipeline between Russia and Germany beneath his administration and that of President Biden. In reality, American presidents — and most European nations apart from Germany and France — have consistently opposed the undertaking, however they’ve restricted say in whether or not the pipeline is constructed.

Mr. Trump signed a law imposing sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in December 2019, prompting a suspension in development. However by then, a lot of the pipeline had already been constructed, with 2,100 kilometers laid and 300 kilometers remaining. Building resumed a year later in 2020.

The present White Home press secretary, Jen Psaki, described Nord Stream 2 as a “bad deal” that divides Europe and leaves Ukraine and Central Europe weak to Russian manipulation. Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned that the Biden administration’s opposition was “unwavering.”

However the State Division nonetheless lifted sanctions on the corporate constructing the pipeline in Might 2021. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, this is likely to be as a result of “the administration’s means to forestall the pipeline from turning into operational is proscribed” whereas sanctions “might jeopardize U.S.-German and U.S.-European cooperation in different areas, together with countering Russian aggression.”

Mr. Biden issued new sanctions on the pipeline this week after Germany introduced that it could droop the certification of the pipeline in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

What Mr. Trump Mentioned

“The explanation we’ve acquired hovering fuel costs is as a result of Biden has shut down American vitality, canceled our oil and fuel leases simply two days in the past. Two days in the past, they canceled many oil and fuel leases due to the setting.”

That is deceptive. The Biden administration indefinitely halted new federal oil and fuel leases and permits in response to a courtroom ruling. It didn’t revoke present leases. A federal decide had blocked the way in which the administration was calculating the price of local weather change, main the administration to pause regulatory selections that relied on the metric.

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