MSNBC's Katy Tur Fact Checks Trump's Dubious Claims In His Anti-Clinton Speech

Tur: Trump’s Claim That There Is No Screening Process For Refugees “Is Not True”

From the June 22 edition of MSNBC Live:

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Katy Tur has covered the Trump campaign from start to present day. Katy, what did you make of this one?

KATY TUR: This was a full frontal assault on Hillary Clinton and her record. He hit a number of points that we expected him to hit, trying to paint this as about the people, not the politicians. Saying that she has her campaign slogan as “I'm with her.” His campaign slogan, in contrast to that, would be “I'm with you, the voters.” He also tried to paint her as dangerous for American interests over -- here in this country because of her foreign policy overseas. Talked a lot about decisions that were made to go into Libya, the pullout of Iraq, stuff like that. He also spoke momentarily about a 3 a.m. phone call, and we've heard him talk about this a lot on the campaign trail. A 3 a.m. phone call in which Hillary Clinton was allegedly sleeping when Benghazi was happening. It was well established from the 11 hours of hearings that she was not sleeping during this, she was working from home overnight and that this was already over by 3 a.m. local time. This happened around 9 p.m. local time because of the time difference between here and Benghazi. 

A bit more of a fact check here. Brian, Trump was reaching out to peaceful Muslims during this speech before he went on to speak more harshly about them. He talked about ISIS threatening their way of life. It's interesting for him because he has been on a Muslim ban kick for some time now, since last December, and lately he's been casting doubt on even American Muslims, saying that they know what is going on with their neighbors and they're not telling anyone. So that is interesting. We do know that his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has been trying to back away from the Muslim ban for some time, so this seemed like it had Paul Manafort's stamp all over it. 

He also talked about refugees, saying we have nothing in place to screen refugees. That is not true. There is screening in place. It takes about two years. 

He talked about the Clinton Foundation being corrupt, that they were trading access for favors and money. It should be noted that Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump both donated to the Clinton Foundation themselves, gave between $100,000 and $250,000, that's Donald Trump. Ivanka Trump gave between $5,000 and $10,000. Donald Trump also gave to Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign and he gave to her presidential campaign as well. That is well documented. He's called it blood money. Said he's a businessman who is just trying to protect his business and that's the smart thing to do. Blood money for the Clinton Foundation because he had no idea where that money was going.

He also talked about Bill Clinton being responsible for losing jobs on NAFTA. And, it is estimated by Ralph Nader's group Public Citizen, that about a million jobs have been lost on NAFTA. He also talked about trade and deficits. It's important to note, though, that the last time this country had a surplus was during Bill Clinton's era. Since President Bush took over, this country has recorded deficits every year, that's largely due to the various invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

He talked about making this country bigger and stronger, hitting jobs, jobs, jobs on the campaign trail, certainly in West Virginia and Pittsburgh, he's talked about coal miners, bringing their jobs back. The reality according to experts, though, is that many of those jobs just aren't functional in a modern economy. That those industries needed to move forward, become cleaner energy in order to be viable. That's just a handful of the various things that Donald Trump talked about during this speech. I'm sure there's going to be more fact checking to come. But the general sense, Brian, was that he was trying to paint himself as more for the American voter, Hillary Clinton the status quo, a politician, in it for herself and the interests of Washington, rather than the folks at home. 


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