What Trump got wrong on Twitter this week (#2) – Washington Post

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Welcome to the second edition of Fact Checker’s series examining what the incoming president got wrong on Twitter in a given week. Here’s a round-up

What Trump got wrong on Twitter this week (#2) - Washington Post
of 10 dubious tweets from President-elect Donald Trump from the past week.

Intelligence stated very strongly there was absolutely no evidence that hacking affected the election results. Voting machines not touched!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017

As we’ve noted, this is a clever misdirection that obscures the point of the intelligence community’s report. Intelligence agencies were not tasked with assessing whether Russian activities swayed the election. The report clearly states:

“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election. The U.S. Intelligence Community is charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors; it does not analyze U.S. political processes or U.S. public opinion.”

The report does state that Russia did not physically hack vote tallying, though Russian intelligence “obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards.”

Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017

Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him…….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017

“groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017

We’ve awarded Trump Four Pinocchios for his claim that New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski groveled, and that he changed an article to make Trump look bad. Trump tweeted this in response to actress Meryl Streep’s Jan. 8 speech at the Golden Globe Awards, where she said it “kind of broke my heart” to see Trump imitate Kovaleski, who has a disability that visibly limits joint movement in his limbs.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump falsely claimed that “thousands” of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks. After being widely discredited, Trump cited a Sept. 18, 2001, Washington Post article co-written by Kovaleski, describing FBI probes in northern New Jersey after the attacks.

Kovaleski wrote then that “law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.” When asked about Trump’s claims about 9/11, Kovaleski said in 2016: “I certainly do not remember anyone saying that thousands or even hundreds of people were celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember.”

That’s not “groveling,” and the article was never changed. Yet Trump falsely, and repeatedly, claimed that Kovaleski did both.

We won’t challenge his judgment of acting talent or his opinion of Streep. But we will note that Streep has 19 Oscar nominations and three wins, 30 Golden Globe nominations and eight wins (and holds the record for the most Oscar and Golden Globe nominations), two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award nomination.

It’s finally happening – Fiat Chrysler just announced plans to invest $1BILLION in Michigan and Ohio plants, adding 2000 jobs. This after…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017

Ford said last week that it will expand in Michigan and U.S. instead of building a BILLION dollar plant in Mexico. Thank you Ford & Fiat C!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017

Trump again claims too much undue credit.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles timed its announcement for the annual auto show, and said the decision to invest $1 billion was part of a long-term business strategy and the company’s industrialization plan. The industrial plan was initially discussed as a part of the company’s 2015 contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers, and the company first shared the plan publicly in January 2016, company spokeswoman Jody Tinson said.

We covered Trump’s claim about Ford when he tweeted it last week. Analysts say the company’s decision has more to do with the company’s long-term goal — particularly its plans to invest in electric vehicles — than with the administration.

Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017

Trump is being misleading when he says he has “nothing to do with Russia.” It may be possible that he has no current investments, deals or loans with Russia — but not for the lack of trying. Trump repeatedly sought deals in Russia since the 1980s. But Trump has refused to release his tax returns, so the public has no way of verifying whether Trump currently has Russian assets.

Our colleague Michael Kranish, who co-authored the biography “Trump Revealed,” detailed 30 years of Trump’s history with Russia here.

I win an election easily, a great “movement” is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017

It’s a stretch to say Trump won the election “easily” — recall the narrowness of the margins in the three states that sealed his victory. A switch of 40,000 votes in those states would have given Hillary Clinton an electoral college win.

Moreover, Trump dismisses reports that U.S. officials briefed him on a classified report alleging that Russian intelligence services have compromising information on Trump as “fake news.” U.S. officials have told The Washington Post that they have briefed Trump and President Obama on the allegations, which U.S. intelligence agencies have not corroborated.

We can’t help but note that Trump was one of the most high-profile “birthers” during and after Obama’s 2012 reelection, spreading unverified and unsupported rumors that Obama was not born in the United States.

And during the 2016 election, Trump cited unverified and thinly sourced rumors, including allegations that the father of his then-opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) worked with Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Trump cited as a source an article that appeared in the National Enquirer.

James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts.Too bad!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017

This does not comport with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s version of the conversation. In his statement on his discussion with Trump, Clapper said he expressed “profound dismay” that the secret, unsubstantiated document leaked to the media. But Clapper didn’t say he denounced the report.

Wow. DNI James Clapper just issued a rare statement saying he expressed “profound dismay” to Trump tonight about kompromat leak. pic.twitter.com/Fq5zxF9uAh

— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) January 12, 2017

As shown in the full statement, Clapper said he told Trump the intelligence community has not made any judgment whether the document is reliable.

Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean. @LBPerfectMaine

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017

Not to pick nits, but we’ll note that Linda Bean is one of 50-plus family members involved with L.L. Bean, and the company has distanced itself from Bean’s personal political views. (Note: Current White House policy prohibits the president from endorsing a company like this.) In a statement reacting to a boycott of L.L. Bean based on Linda Bean’s politics, the company said:

“We fully acknowledge and respect that some may disagree with the political views of a single member of our 10-person board of directors. Like most large families, the more than 50 family member-owners of the business hold views and embrace causes across the political spectrum, just as our employees and customers do. And as every member of the family would agree, no individual alone speaks on behalf of the business or represents the values of the company that L.L. built. … Simply put, we stay out of politics.”


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