The lies Trump told this week: a Russian love-in and conspiracy theories

The Democratic convention didnt stop Donald Trump from weighing in on everything from Putin to the JFK assassination. So what was true?

Russia

I never fulfilled[ Vladimir] Putin. I dont know who Putin is . 27 July, Doral Florida

Its not clear whether Trump has ever spoken with the Russian chairman. Putin was invited to but did not attend a 2013 beauty pageantry in Moscow, according to one of the oligarchs who helped coordinate the event. Will he become my new best friend? Trump wondered beforehand.

But the pair may have communicated through intermediaries. In 2014, Trump told a National Press Club luncheon: I was in Moscow lately and I spoke, indirectly and immediately, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer, and we had a tremendous success. A year earlier, Trump told MSNBC: I do have a relationship and I can tell you that hes very interested in what were doing here today.

Last November, Trump claimed in a debate that he got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minute. They appeared in separate, pre-taped segments and were not on set together.

He said one nice thing about me. He said Im a genius. 27 July, Doral Florida

Putin has never called Trump a genius; he employed a Russian term that can be translated as colorful or flamboyant. He also once called him talented, undoubtedly. You can read more about Putins statements here.

He mentioned the N-word one time. I was shocked to hear him mention the N-word. You know what the N-word is, right? He mentioned it. I was shocked .

Trump no proof for this suggestion that Putin referred to Barack Obama utilizing a racial slur. It is possible Trump was referring to nuclear weapon; a solitary conservative blog employed the word to describe some of the Russian chairwomen statements about nuclear weapon. Though Putin and Obama have a chilly relationship, the US president told the Atlantic earlier this year: The truth is, actually, Putin, in all of our meetings, is scrupulously polite, very frank. Our meetings are very businesslike.

I have nothing to do with Russia. 27 July, Doral, Florida

Trump has repeatedly tried to do business in Russia, and his refusal to release tax returns prevents him proving that he has no assets there. In the same press conference, Trump admitted, I guess likely I sell condos to Russians, and dedicated a slightly magnified account of a $95 m condominium marketing. In 2007, he said he wanted to invest in Russia, saying in a deposition: We will be in Moscow at some point.

In 2008, his son Donald Jr told a real estate seminar, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets, and We ensure a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

In 2013, Trump held a beauty pageantry in Moscow and received a share of the $14 m investment expend to bring it there. I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room, he told Real Estate Weekly afterward, as he discussed his hopes for a Moscow hotel that is likely ran nowhere. Similarly, Trump either traveled to the city or drew up ambitious real estate projects in Russia in 1987 and 1996, according to his memoir and court documents first unearthed by the Washington Post.

Trump could demonstrate he has no financial interests in Russia by releasing his tax returns, as every presidential nominee has done in the last 40 years.

Trade

Nafta! Signed by who? Bill Clinton! 27 July, Scranton, Pennsylvania

The Nafta trade deal was negotiated and signed by George HW Bush in 1992, and passed through Congress with Bill Clintons subsistence in 1993, despite opposition from major unions. More Republicans voted for the measure than Democrats.

Dont forget, Europe got together why, chiefly did they get together? so that they could beat the United States when it comes to making money, in other words, foreign trade. 24 July, interview with Meet the Press

The European Union began in 1952 as the European Coal and Steel Community, meant to unite the nations through trade and economic ties, and thus reduce the possibilities of war. In subsequent decades it gained new members and grew into a common market that promoted not only trade ties but a transnational union for infrastructure, joint regulation and open perimeters. The motives behind the 64 -year project were and are complex and diverse, but taken together they are not able to reasonably be said to be about rivalry with the US, which has benefited from a stable and unified Europe.

For decadesand across parties, American presidents and Congress have broadly supportedEuropean integration, whether motivated by economic interests, ideology, or defensive interests during and after the cold war. Transatlantic trade remains important for both the US and the EU, which for years have been in negotiations over an increasingly controversial trade bargain.

Minimum wage

The minimum wage has to go up. People are at least $10, but it has to go up. 27 July, Doral Florida

Trump changed his position on the minimum wage three times this week, including within a single interview. On 26 July, when Fox News host Bill OReilly asked him where he would define a federal minimum wage, he repeated a stance from May that the US does not need one: There doesnt have to be.

He then immediately changed his position: Well, I would leave it, and create it somewhat. A day afterwards in Florida he said he wanted a $10 an hour minimum wage, up from the current level of $7.25, and confirmed to a reporter: federal.

Conspiracy

All I did is point out the fact that on the encompas of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him[ Ted Cruzs father Rafael Cruz] and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast. Now, Ted never denied that it was his father. Instead he said, Donald Trump. I had nothing to do with it. 22 July in Cleveland

Trump expended his first day as the official Republican nominee returning to a false narrative about the father of his primary adversary, Ted Cruz. The tycoon tried to bolster the conspiracy theory by saying Cruz had never denied it, which is itself false: on 22 April, Cruzs campaign said: The narrative is false. That is not Rafael in the picture.

On 3 May, Cruzs campaign further rejected the claim, calling it a garbage narrative and clearly Donald wants to talk about garbage.

Trumps suggestion originates with a tabloid, the National Enquirer, which had published photos it alleged proved Rafael Cruz next to Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated John F Kennedy. The article offer no proof besides a single photo that is so grainy that even Oswalds distinctive features are blurred.

Oswald and the other man in the photo are not having breakfast but standing on a New Orleans street, at a 1963 event in support of Fidel Castro.

The tabloid also offered an old picture of the senior Cruz, who fled Castros regime in Cuba and whose sister was tortured by it. Experts virtually all agree that accurate photo identification requires full-frontal images, as in a passport or drivers license.

Democrats

Bob McDonnell took a fraction of what[ Tim] Kaine took. 24 July, interview with Meet the Press

Trump has it backwards with his accusation that Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clintons running mate, accepted more political gifts than former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, who went to the supreme court to challenge a corruption conviction for accepting about $175,000 in undisclosed gifts.

Kaine accepted and disclosed $161,033 in gifts while he was lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia, from 2002 through 2009 years when the state had no limits on political gifts. The vast majority, according to his disclosures, were for travel expenses, and the largest was from Barack Obamas 2008 campaign. The largest personal gift received from a donor who dedicated Kaine free use of Caribbean vacation home, estimated worth $18,000. Kaine has never been accused of taking undisclosed gifts.

In contrast, McDonnell disclosed $215,414 in gifts while he was governor, from 2010 through 2013, with the largest a $25,000 flight to Puerto Rico and $19,000 in tickets to a Redskins game. He also accepted and did not disclose an estimated $ 175,000 in loans, gifts and other benefits from a single tycoon, whose gifts included a Rolex watch and wedding catering. The supreme court overturned the grafting conviction on the grounds that McDonnell did not inevitably react with concrete favors and the case has gone back to a lower court.

An analysis showed that Bernie Sanders would have won the Democratic nomination if it were not for the superdelegates. 24 July, Twitter

If superdelegates party upper-class free to vote as they please did not exist, Clinton would still have won 2,205 pledged delegates to Sanders 1,846.

Clinton received 3. 8m more votes overall than the senator, and comes out ahead in every difference of the system: without superdelegates, in a winner-take-all scenario or with proportional outcomes.

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Repeat offenders

This week, Trump repeated a mischaracterization of the Iran nuclear bargain, a patently false claim that the US is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world when it ranks near the bottom of industrialized nations, a lie about his support for the Iraq war, and misleading characterizations of crime in the US.

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