It was Trumps big week in Cleveland, where he was officially named the party nominee, but still observed time to skirt the truth on Indiana, Putin and more

Vladimir Putin

No! No, I havent . Cleveland, 20 July, in an interview with the New York Times, after being told he has been very complimentary of Putin himself.

Trump has repeatedly called Russias president a strong leader and spoken approvingly praise by nearly any definition of this strength and Putins polling numbers. For instance, on 18 December 2015 he told MSNBC: Ive always felt fine about Putin. I think that hes a strong leader.

He added: Hes operating his country and at the least hes a leader, unlike what we have in this country.

Last September, he told Fox News: In words of leadership[ Putins] getting an A.

In a 10 March debate, Trump tried to hedge on semantics. Strong doesnt mean good, he said. Putin is a strong leader, perfectly. He is a strong leader. Now I dont say that in a good way or a bad style. I say it as a fact.

Idiosyncratic semantics aside, Trump has at minimum praised Putin relative to Barack Obama, and spoken admiringly of his strength, and said he considers Putins warm words about him a great honor.

Hes been complimentary of me. I guess Putin and I will get along very well . 20 July, Cleveland

For months, Trump has apparently misinterpreted a Russian word, , used by Putin last December to describe him. Trump has claimed Putin called him a genius. In context, the word more correctly entails flamboyant or colorful.

Trump likely heard the word translated as bright or brilliant, though its connotations are often more pejorative than not: bright in the sense of glaring and gaudy, brilliant in the sense of dazzling sunlight.

In June, Putin carefully recurred the word, saying he called Trump colorful and nothing else. Last year, though, he said Trump was talented, without a doubt.

Its not our business to decide his merits, thats for US voters, Putin said, stressing that he had no opinion to divulge beyond colorful. He did say, however, that he would welcome the rapprochement in Russian-American relations that Trump has suggested.


Indiana, their unemployment rate has fallen when[ Mike Pence] was there. When he started 8.4% to less than 5% in May of 2016. 16 July, New York

Trump exaggerates his vice-presidential picks role in his nations economy, which has tracked virtually in parallel with national numbers on unemployment. Indianas unemployment has indeed dropped 3.4% since January 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; but per the Federal Reserve, US unemployment has dropped 3.3% since then, 8% to 4.7%. Trump also has his figures somewhat off: preliminary data for May 2016 shows the Indiana unemployment rate at 5% actually an increase from a recent low of 4. 5% in November 2015.

Its also rated triple A. Their bonds, are rated triple A. Very few nations have that. 16 July, New York

Fifteen nations have -AAArated bonds, according to rating agency Standard& Poors, amounting almost a one-third of the 50 states and thus many more than very few. The nation was upgraded to AAA in 2008, virtually five years before Pence became governor.

Private sector task growth is up by more than 147,000 chores since 2013. Thats, like, very unusual . 16 July, New York

Trump correctly cites a Bureau of Labor Statistics figure about Indianas private-sector chores, but 18 other nations have added more. Some have smaller populations.


We dedicated them back $150 bn, and we didnt get our captives until the end . 16 July, New York

The US is not dedicating any of its own fund to Iran as part of an international nuclear arms deal meant to prevent the construction of weapons. The bargain gradually unfreezes assets that are all part of Iran but were restricted under sanctions related to the nations nuclear program. Sanctions related to human rights, terrorism and other issues remain in place and still lock Iran out of billions.

Trumps guess of how much Iran will benefit by unfrozen assets is far higher than most experts calculates, though not inconceivable. Treasury secretary Jack Lew has put the number at $56 bn, and Iranian officials have said both $32 bn and $100 bn. Independent economists have calculated that Iran will free up anything between $30 bn to $100 bn. Complicating the math are Irans indebtedness: it will have to pay off tens of billions to countries such as China, which have helped it survive through decades of sanctions.

There is no evidence that the brief capture in January of 10 American sailors had any effect on the nuclear bargain, which had been finalized five months earlier, although the incident rattled fragile relations between Washington and Tehran. A few days after the sailors were released, United nations organization inspectors confirmed that Iran had complied with the deal.


I said that in Scotland and in the UK, that was going to happen. I was the one that predicted it. And everybody said, hes wrong, hes wrong. 16 July, New York

Trump did pronounce an opinion on whether the UK should vote to leave the European union, but it was never a prediction and was waffling at best.

I would say that theyre better off without it, personally, but Im not attaining that as a recommendation, he said a May interview with Fox News. I want them to make their own decision.

In an interview with Fox Business on 22 June, just before the Brexit vote, Trump not only did not predict an exit but discredited his own opinion.

I dont guess anybody should listen to me because I havent genuinely focused on it very much, he said.

Many leaders argued the UK should not leavethe EU, warns that the pound would crash and Britains economy would suffer, as it has in the last month, but none said Trumps prediction was wrong because Trump stimulated no prediction.

Repeat offenders

I said, Dont go into Iraq. Nobody cared because I was a businessperson, I was a civilian. 16 July, New York

We have massive trade deficits. I could see that, if instead of having a trade deficit worldwide of $800 bn, we had a trade positive of $100 bn, $200 bn, $800 bn. 20 July, Cleveland

Trump again lied about his initial, if tepid, support for the Iraq war, and again dedicated an inflated account of the US deficit. You can read more about those asserts here and here.

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