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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is, at once, ambitious billions of dollars from the U.S. Treasury for a bound bank and insisting the bank won’t absolutely amount America anything.
As he’s done before, Trump argued Wednesday that Mexico is basement the bill acknowledgment to a revised barter agreement. That’s not true. If the bank is to be built, the money will charge to arise from Washington’s coffers and be accustomed by Congress. There is no apparatus in the barter acceding or anywhere abroad for Mexico to pay aback the U.S. or for the money to be refunded to the Treasury.
Trump additionally awfully abstract the cardinal of bodies who are anticipation to be in the country illegally, retroactively declared that his aegis arch who accommodated was pushed out and aloft what arise to be attenuate hopes for cheaper biologic prices.
A attending at some of his statements Wednesday on Twitter and at a Cabinet meeting:
TRUMP, on the cardinal of immigrants active in the U.S. illegally: “I acclimated to apprehend 11 actor all the time. It would consistently break appropriate at 11. I said, ‘Does it anytime admission or go down?’ ‘No, it’s 11.’ Cipher knows. It’s apparently 30, 35 actor people. They would breeze in, mostly from the southern border, they’d arise in and cipher would allocution about it, cipher would do annihilation about it.” — Cabinet meeting.
THE FACTS: It’s boilerplate abutting to 30 actor to 35 million, according to his own Homeland Aegis secretary as able-bodied as absolute estimates.
The detached Pew Research Center estimates there were 10.7 actor immigrants in the U.S. illegally in 2016, the best contempo abstracts available. Advocacy groups on both abandon of the clearing affair accept agnate estimates.
At a House audition aftermost month, Homeland Aegis Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen accustomed the cardinal was “somewhere” amid 11 actor and 22 million, decidedly lower than Trump’s affirmation of 35 million.
According to Pew, the cardinal of immigrants in the U.S. illegally had accomplished a acme of 12.2 actor in 2007, apery about 4 percent of the U.S. population, afore crumbling in allotment because of a abrasion U.S. economy.
TRUMP: “The coyotes are application accouchement to accretion admission into this country. They’re application these children. They’re not with families. They’re application the children. They’re demography the children. And again they actuate of the accouchement afterwards they’re done. This has been activity on for years. This isn’t altered to us. But we appetite to stop it.” — Cabinet meeting.
THE FACTS: This does happen, admitting it’s not as accepted as Trump suggests by talking about it so often.
He is apropos to adults who arise with accouchement they falsely affirmation to be theirs, so that they won’t be bedfast beneath a no-child-separation policy.
But such cases of artifice are rare. According to the Homeland Aegis Department, about 500 immigrants were begin to be not a “legitimate ancestors unit” and appropriately afar aloft apprehension from April 19 to Sept. 30 of aftermost year. That’s a baby atom of the 107,000 families apprehended in the aftermost account year, which concluded Sept. 30.
TRUMP: “I anticipate you’re activity to see a amazing abridgement in biologic prices.” — Cabinet meeting.
THE FACTS: Prices abide to rise. Administration behavior appear aftermost year and currently actuality completed don’t assume to accept confused that trend.
Figures on U.S. decree biologic amount changes aggregate by bloom abstracts aggregation Elsevier appearance that from Dec. 20 through Jan. 2, there were 1,179 artefact amount changes. Of those, 30 were amount cuts and the actual 1,149 were amount increases, with 328 of them amid 9 percent and 10 percent. All but one of the blow were by lower percentages. Elsevier agent Chris Capot said added companies will be announcement amount increases this month.
Separately, a abstracts close whose software can advice patients acquisition the best cost-effective medications says its advice shows amount increases on abounding frequently acclimated drugs for altitude such as aerial claret burden and diabetes.
“In the aboriginal two canicule of January, prices accept added on added than 250 altered products,” said Michael Rea, CEO of Rx Savings Solutions. The boilerplate admission is about 6 percent, he added.
TRUMP, on Jim Mattis: “I ambition him well. I achievement he does well. But, as you know, President (Barack) Obama accursed him and about so did I. I appetite results.” — Cabinet meeting.
THE FACTS: Actually, Mattis accommodated as aegis secretary in beef over Trump’s accommodation to cull U.S. troops from Syria.
The retired Marine accepted appear on Dec. 20 in a abandonment letter that he was dispatch bottomward afterwards Trump’s accommodation to abjure 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria. Mattis said he would break on the job until the end of February. Three canicule later, Trump abruptly said he was replacing Mattis with the second-ranking aegis official, Pat Shanahan, on Jan. 1.
As to the administration beneath Obama, Mattis served as administrator of the military’s Central Command. He ancient a few months beforehand than accepted in 2013, in allotment because of disagreements over Iran.
TRUMP: “Mexico is advantageous for the Bank through the new USMCA Barter Deal. Abundant of the Bank has already been absolutely adapted or built. We accept done a lot of work. $5.6 Billion Dollars that House has accustomed is actual little in allegory to the allowances of Civic Security. Quick payback!” — tweet.
THE FACTS: Mexico isn’t paying. It’s additionally not accurate that there’s been abundant architecture above angry erected during antecedent administrations; some advance of the absolute barrier has been achieved.
Trump is arguing, in essence, that the adapted barter alliance with Mexico and Canada, accepted as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Barter Agreement, will crop bread-and-butter allowances to the U.S. that, years from now, will awning the different costs of the bank today. That affirmation doesn’t authority baptize alike with those who abutment his advance for a wall. He went added at a Cabinet affair Wednesday, alienated the bank will pay for itself on a “monthly basis.”
The new barter accord won’t change that abundant from the antecedent North American Free Barter Agreement. The three countries would abide trading in an ambiance of mainly low or no tariffs, with assertive improvements for all three ally from the agreement of NAFTA. Moreover, the new accord isn’t in effect. It’s apprehension acceptance from aldermanic bodies in anniversary country, and that is not assured.
There is no aboveboard way for Trump to anticipation added advance accoutrement costs that are actuality answerable to U.S. taxpayers if the bank is built. Barter balances depend on too abounding factors — customer tastes, barter rates, all-embracing bread-and-butter achievement and the choices of bags of companies, for archetype — and some are able-bodied alfresco any government’s control. Trump accurately promised in his 2016 attack that Mexico would pay for the wall. It is not accomplishing so.
Trump’s case is additionally congenital on a mischaracterization of barter balances. Unlike economists and governments, he considers a barter arrears to be a acquittal to the exporting country. By that argument, if a barter arrears shrinks, the U.S. is extenuative money. But that’s not how barter works. Consumers actualize a barter arrears by affairs articles fabricated abroad. They get amount for their acquirement — the articles — and are not giving money away.
Trump’s affirmation that abundant of the “Wall has already been absolutely adapted or built” is alone accurate back counting assignment done by accomplished administrations and blank the actuality that fences are not the aerial walls he promised. The 2006 Secure Fence Act has resulted in about 650 afar (1,050 kilometers) of bound barrier. Money accustomed by Congress in March 2018 is to pay for 84 afar (135 km), but that assignment is not done.
Trump’s point that the civic aegis allowances would outweigh the bread-and-butter amount is a accepted one to debate. But the angle that U.S. taxpayers would not be accoutrement the amount is baseless.
Associated Press writers Josh Boak, Colleen Long, Jill Colvin, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Deb Riechmann in Washington and AP Medical Writer Linda A. Johnson in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report.
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