In a speech that lasted for more than an hour and forty minutes, Trump also called for the burning of the US flag to be illegal, claimed victory over a recent loss in the Supreme Court, and spent 10 minutes on a story about walking down a ramp.
Here’s a look at what Trump got wrong.
Trump engaged in an extensive discussion of his recent speech at West Point on June 13, and his careful descent down a ramp afterward.
The President explained that the reason he was so careful walking down the ramp was that he was wearing “leather bottom shoes” and worried that he might slip due to the lack of traction.
At one point during his explanation Saturday night, Trump repeated the claim he made on Twitter June 13 that he ran down the ramp for the final 10 feet.
Facts First: It’s not true that Trump ran for the final 10 feet of his descent down the ramp on June 13.
Trump said in Saturday’s rally that the US will have “close to 300 federal judges appointed and approved” by the end of his first term as President.
Facts First: While we don’t usually check promises, here’s the context for Trump’s claim.
According to Russell Wheeler, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution who tracks judicial appointments, Trump had gotten 198 judges confirmed as of June 12. Wheeler told CNN: “If the Senate confirms all 43 pending nominees AND he nominates and the Senate confirms judges to the 30 current vacancies that have no nominees AND 29 additional vacancies occur by the end of the year and he submits nominees for all of them and the Senate confirms then, ONLY then” will he have appointed a record 300 judges.
Coronavirus travel restrictions
Trump said he shut down the United States to “all people from China” and later, “closed it down to Europe.”
Facts First: Trump was exaggerating or speaking too broadly.
It prohibited most people who had been in China in the previous 14 days from entering the US, but it made significant exceptions — for not only US citizens but permanent residents, many of the family members of citizens and permanent residents, and some other groups of people. The New York Times reported April 4 that nearly 40,000 people had flown to the US from China since the restrictions went into effect in early February.
And his restrictions on Europe did not apply to some people traveling from there: US citizens, permanent US residents, certain family members of both citizens and permanent residents, and some other groups of travelers. Trump’s restrictions initially applied to the 26 countries in the Schengen Area, a European zone in which people can move freely across internal borders without being subjected to border checks. Trump later added the United Kingdom and Ireland. That still left out some European countries, including Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine and Russia.
The President claimed his administration was responsible for passing VA choice, which provided the Department of Veterans Affairs more resources to improve access for veterans and allow them to seek care from non-VA providers.
Trump later added to the falsehood, saying “for decades and decades they wanted to get it done.”
Trump claimed in Saturday’s rally that Biden apologized for criticizing Trump’s travel restrictions on China.
“When I took early and decisive action to ban travel from China and protect Americans from the virus,” Trump said. “Joe Biden opposed my decision and called it hysteria. Xenophobia. He doesn’t know what the word means. Xenophobia. And fear mongering. And then he apologized a month later. He said he was wrong. But he didn’t say it.”
The campaign says Biden did not know about the China restrictions at the time of the January 31 speech in which he made these remarks, since his campaign event in Iowa started shortly after the briefing during which the China restrictions were revealed by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Given the timing of the Biden remarks, it’s not unreasonable for the Trump campaign to infer that Biden was talking about the travel restrictions.
But Biden never took an explicit position on the restrictions until his April declaration of support — and whether or not you accept his campaign’s argument that the “xenophobia” claim was not about the restrictions, he certainly hasn’t apologized.
Democrats and borders
Trump claimed Biden and the Democrats “want open borders.”
Facts First: Prominent Democrats, including presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, do not support completely unrestricted migration, as Trump suggests.
During the rally, Trump told the crowd that his administration would protect those with pre-existing health conditions.”We’ll always protect patients with pre-existing conditions always, always,” Trump said.
Facts First: Trump’s claim about protecting those with pre-existing conditions is misleading. Though Trump says he would do this, his administration has consistently taken steps to undermine the Affordable Care Act — including joining a lawsuit aimed at striking down the law — without presenting alternative plans that would offer similar benefits.
Iran and the $150 billion
Trump also claimed Saturday that Obama “gave [Iran] $150 billion dollars” and “$1.8 billion in green cash.”
“President Obama gave them 150 billion dollars for nothing, and almost more incredibly, he gave him $1.8 billion in green cash. Beautiful cash. And now they’re not doing so well, are they? They’re not doing so well,” Trump said.
Facts First: The Iran Deal unlocked Iranian assets that were previously frozen due to sanctions, but it’s unclear how much those assets were worth — $150 billion is the highest estimate provided by US officials, and it’s thought that Iran could not have accessed all of that money because much of it was tied up in projects overseas. The Obama administration did transfer $1.7 billion to Iran in two cash payments in 2016.
And Trump’s assertion that Obama “gave” Iran this money is not quite accurate. As part of the deal (which multiple countries were involved in), Iranian assets that existed in banks and financial institutions across the world were unfrozen.
As to Trump’s claim that Obama gave Iran “$1.8 billion in green cash,” that’s roughly true. As part of a settlement, Obama transferred $1.7 billion in cash to Iran in 2016. The administration also used the money to pressure Iran to release several American prisoners.
CNN’s Angie Trindade and Alicia M. Lee contributed to this article.