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Fact checking President Trump’s first State of the Union

2018-01-31

False claims from President Trump's first State of the Union address were revealed even before he started speaking.

Despite frequently complaining about "fake news," Trump's presidency has been marked by plenty of falsehoods and "alternative facts" — and his Tuesday night speech will apparently follow the same trajectory, as evident from excerpts pumped out by the White House ahead of the address.

TAX CUTS

"We enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history."

Despite being corrected time and again, Trump has touted this inaccuracy ever since Republicans passed a tax overhaul in December.

In fact, the new GOP tax bill ranks behind the one passed under President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s.

An analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in the fall put Trump's package as the eighth biggest since 1918. As a percentage of the total economy, Reagan's 1981 cut is the biggest followed by the 1945 rollback of taxes that financed World War II.