WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday minimized the continued menace of the Islamic State and overstated his financial success, declaring inaccurately that China would have overtaken the U.S. because the world’s largest economic system if he wasn’t president.
Here’s a have a look at his claims at a Minneapolis rally, his first since Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry of Trump’s actions as president:
TRUMP: “If our opponent had won that election, you know what would have happened? Right now, China would be the No. 1 economy anywhere in the world. And right now, I can tell you, they’re not even close.”
THE FACTS: No matter who bought elected in 2016 — Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton — China’s economic system couldn’t have caught as much as America’s.
Even if the U.S. economic system had not grown in any respect since 2016, China’s gross home product — the broadest measure of financial output — would have needed to have surged a fantastical 79% in three years to drag even with America’s. That involves development of greater than 21% a yr — one thing even China’s super-charged economic system has by no means approached.
The Chinese economic system continues to slowly slender the hole as a result of yearly it grows a lot sooner than America’s. In 2019, for instance, the International Monetary Fund expects Chinese GDP to extend 6.2%, greater than double the two.6% development it expects for the United States. But it’s bought an extended option to go to surpass the U.S.
TRUMP: “We have totally defeated the ISIS caliphate.”
THE FACTS: His declare of a 100% defeat is deceptive because the Islamic State nonetheless poses a menace.
IS was defeated in Iraq in 2017, then misplaced the final of its land holdings in Syria in March, marking the top of the extremists’ self-declared caliphate.
Still, extremist sleeper cells have continued to launch assaults in Iraq and Syria and are believed to be liable for focused killings in opposition to native officers and members of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
IS managed massive swaths of northern and jap Syria, the place they declared a caliphate in 2014 together with massive elements of neighboring Iraq.
U.N. specialists warned in August that IS leaders are aiming to consolidate and create situations for an “eventual resurgence in its Iraqi and Syrian heartlands.”
TRUMP, explaining his determination to withdraw U.S. help for Kurdish fighters in Syria, who’re holding hundreds of overseas fighters within the marketing campaign in opposition to IS: “Most of them came from Europe.”
THE FACTS: The overseas fighters captured aren’t principally from Europe, which Trump has argued may simply reclaim them.
Of the greater than 12,000 IS fighters in custody in Kurdish areas, solely 2,500 are from exterior the area of the battle, some from Europe, some from different elements of the world. But the majority of captured fighters — about 10,000 — are natives of Syria or Iraq.
Trump has mentioned it should now be as much as international locations within the area to determine what to do with captured fighters.
Associated Press author Cal Woodward contributed to this report.
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