We counted at least 14 false claims in our first dive into the transcript, plus four claims that were lacking some important context.
Trump claimed that, before Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden was appointed to the board of directors of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, Hunter Biden “didn’t have a job.”
Unemployment in Pennsylvania and Scranton
Trump claimed that “this area of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania itself, has the best numbers it’s ever had. It’s got the best economy it’s ever had. It has the best unemployment numbers it’s ever had. And Scranton has the lowest and best unemployment numbers they’ve — and employment numbers too — that they’ve ever had, by far.”
Facts First: Neither the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania nor the unemployment rate for the Scranton area is at its lowest level ever. And both rates have crept higher over the past several months.
Trump claimed, “We got hit with the virus really three weeks ago, if you think about it, I guess. That’s when we first started really to see some possible effects.”
Obama and coronavirus testing
Trump repeated his claim that he had reversed an Obama-era decision that had somehow impeded testing for the coronavirus, saying, “They made some decisions which were not good decisions. We inherited decisions that they made, and that’s fine … We undid some of the regulations that were made that made it very difficult, but I’m not blaming anybody.”
Obama and Kim Jong Un
Trump claimed Obama called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “many times” but “Kim Jong Un did not want to talk to him. And me, he wanted to talk to.”
An LNG plant in Louisiana
Trump claimed “I opened up LNG plants in Louisiana” where companies had been unable to get permits for “for 10, 12, 14 years and longer.” He said, “I got them built, a $10 billion plant in Louisiana.”
Trump called the whistleblower who complained about his dealings with Ukraine a “phony whistleblower” and claimed this person had described “a call that didn’t exist.”
The history of court vacancies
Trump claimed that “normally,” presidents are left no court vacancies at all; “if you have one,” he said, it’s “lucky.”
The Mexican border
Trump claimed that “we have right now 27,000 Mexican soldiers on our border.”
The Soviet Union and Afghanistan
Talking about the history of war in Afghanistan, Trump claimed the Soviet Union “became Russia because of Afghanistan.”
Trump claimed that “pre-existing conditions, 100%, we take care of.”
Tariffs on China
Trump claimed, “China is paying us billions and billions of dollars because of what I did to them with tariffs.”
Trump said he wants the US to have the world’s cleanest air and water, then claimed, “Our conditions now are much better than they were three years ago.”
Here are some claims that were not flat false but were lacking some key context:
The visa lottery
Asked about illegal immigration, Trump brought up “loopholes” like how “they pick lotteries, and they have people coming into our country.”
Southwest border apprehensions
Speaking about immigration, Trump said that it has now been “nine or 10 months where the numbers are way down.”
The military and ammunition
Trump told a story about how the military was so “depleted” under Obama and Biden that a general advised him against some sort of military action because “we have no ammunition.”
A Gallup poll
Trump touted a Gallup poll in which he said he was given “tremendous marks” for his handling of the coronavirus.
This story has been updated to include an additional claim by Trump about Obama and coronavirus testing.