Here is the sub-heading for today’s New York Times’ fact check of yesterday's Trump speech in Charleston:
President Trump claimed that coal was “indestructible,” that West Virginia had one of the strongest state economies and that the U.S. was the “cleanest country in the planet.” None of that was true.
The Times then explains each point with evidence.
The Times also documented the following Trump assertions:
Mr. Trump made a number of other false or misleading claims that The New York Times has previously debunked:
--- He falsely claimed that United States Steel is opening “seven different plants.” (The company has not announced the opening of a single plant.)
--- He misleadingly claimed that construction on his border wall “is moving along very nicely.” (Construction has not begun.)
--- He claimed that the number of jobs added in the 20 months since his election was unbelievable. (More jobs were added in the previous 20 months.)
--- He claimed that Mr. Obama had paid $1.8 billion to free hostages from Iran. (The payment was a settlement of a decades-long dispute.)
--- He falsely claimed that NATO members were “delinquent” in payments to the alliance. (Members do not owe NATO or the United States money.)
--- He falsely claimed to have signed the “biggest” tax cuts in history. (Several rank higher.)
--- He falsely claimed terminally ill patients “couldn’t get the drugs” before the enactment of a new law. (Patients could seek access to experimental medicines through an existing federal program.)
--- He falsely claimed to have signed “a record $700 billion for the military.” (The Pentagon received more money in several years under Mr. Obama.)
In the Wheeling Intelligencer, Trump’s speech was covered by Ogden political reporter Steven Allen Adams. The coverage of the rally occupied one-half of the front page and one-third of page 3 in today’s paper. While some of the above points were mentioned in the article, the only Trump assertion that was questioned was when Trump said “the coal industry is back.” (Adams noted that a research group at WVU had predicted a drop in coal production.)