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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump seems to be oblivious to the specter of white nationalism.

Following a lethal mosque capturing in New Zealand, he stated white supremacy isn’t a rising hazard.

President Donald Trump winks in the course of the annual presentation of a bowl of shamrocks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Thursday, March 14, 2019, within the East Room of the White Home in Washington. (AP Photograph/Jacquelyn Martin)

However knowledge — together with from his personal Justice Division — level to rising hate group exercise whereas he’s been in workplace.

Trump additionally asserts the U.S. is No. 1 on the earth on the setting and means that Toyota’s announcement of U.S. job creation is because of his revised commerce settlement with leaders from Mexico and Canada. Each claims are problematic. In line with a number of research, the U.S. lags a number of nations on air high quality. And Trump’s proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Settlement has but to take impact and faces unsure prospects in Congress.

The misstatements got here in every week of distorted fact on a number of fronts. On one, Beto O’Rourke opened his Democratic presidential marketing campaign with a name to motion on international warming that misrepresented the science.

A take a look at a few of the claims:

WHITE NATIONALISM

TRUMP, when requested if he views white nationalism as a rising menace worldwide: “I don’t actually. I feel it’s a small group of people who have very, very critical issues. I assume when you take a look at what occurred in New Zealand, maybe that’s the case. I don’t know sufficient about it but. They’re simply studying concerning the individual and the individuals concerned. Nevertheless it’s definitely a horrible factor.” — remarks Friday in Oval Workplace.

THE FACTS: Each knowledge and lots of specialists who monitor violent extremists level to white nationalism as a rising menace within the U.S. and overseas.

In line with knowledge launched this month by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, as an example, white supremacist propaganda efforts almost tripled final yr from 2017. Reviews of the propaganda — which may embrace fliers, stickers, banners and posters that promote hateful ideology — rose 182 % to 1,187 instances. That’s up from the 421 reported in 2017.

The variety of racist rallies and demonstrations additionally rose final yr, based on the group. At the least 91 white supremacist rallies or different public occasions attended by white supremacists have been held in 2018, up from 76 the earlier yr.

The Anti-Defamation League in January stated home extremists killed no less than 50 individuals within the U.S. in 2018, up from 37 in 2017, and famous that “white supremacists have been chargeable for the good majority of the killings, which is usually the case.”

Individually, the Southern Poverty Regulation Middle reported the U.S. had extra hate teams final yr than at any level in no less than the previous 20 years. The group, which tracks white supremacists and different far-right extremists, stated the 1,020 teams it counted in 2018 amounted to the very best quantity because the middle broadened its survey of such teams within the 1990s.

The middle stated it was the fourth straight yr of hate group progress, representing a 30 % improve roughly coinciding with Trump’s marketing campaign and presidency. That got here following three straight years of decline close to the top of the Obama administration.

And the Justice Division reported in November that hate crimes throughout the U.S. spiked 17 % in 2017 — marking an increase for the third straight yr. There have been 7,175 reported hate crimes that yr, up from 6,121 in 2016, in accordance with the FBI report. Greater than half of the crimes have been motivated by bias towards an individual’s race or ethnicity. Anti-Semitic hate crimes elevated by 37 %.

Among the many episodes in the previous few years: a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 after which Trump blamed “each side” for violence and final October’s capturing on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh by which the gunman accused of killing 11 individuals allegedly drew inspiration from white nationalism. Authorities final month arrested a Coast Guard lieutenant, an alleged white supremacist who appeared interested by attacking prime Democrats and community TV journalists.

ENVIRONMENT

TRUMP: “How is the Paris Environmental Accord understanding for France? After 18 weeks of rioting by the Yellow Vest Protesters, I assume not so properly! Within the meantime, the USA has gone to the highest of all lists on the Setting.” — tweet Saturday.

THE FACTS: The USA is just not No. 1.

A number of databases and stories present nations with cleaner air, as measured each in harmful small particles and in ozone, which is smog.

For instance, the Well being Results Institute’s state of worldwide air report discovered 65 nations with much less smog when adjusted for season and inhabitants. These embrace Sweden, Switzerland, France, Germany, Norway, Canada and Venezuela. And within the extra harmful small particles, eight nations bested the U.S. Amongst them have been Finland, Sweden and Norway.

As properly, Yale’s efficiency index ranks america 10th in general air high quality behind Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand and others. However in relation to harmful soot publicity ranges, america ranked 87th, simply worse than the Philippines. On water high quality, the Yale index positioned the U.S. at 29th and provides the U.S. an general environmental efficiency rating of 27th on the earth.

TRUMP ON JOHN MCCAIN

TRUMP: “‘Final in his class’ (Annapolis) John McCain.” — tweet Sunday.

THE FACTS: He’s incorrect that the late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona graduated final in his class on the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Whereas McCain famously racked up demerits and earned poor grades, he finally graduated fifth from the underside of his 1958 class.

TRADE

TRUMP: “Congratulations @Toyota! BIG NEWS for U.S. Auto Staff! The USMCA is already fixing the damaged NAFTA deal.” — tweet Thursday.

THE FACTS: Trump means that Toyota’s announcement that it will create lots of extra U.S. jobs is the results of his United States-Mexico-Canada Settlement. That’s a whole lot of credit score to provide a commerce pact that doesn’t but exist.

Trump’s tweet hyperlinks to a Toyota press launch during which the automaker stated it might make investments almost $13 billion in its U.S. operations by 2021, including new jobs at U.S. manufacturing crops.

Trump did signal a draft of a revised commerce settlement with leaders from Mexico and Canada in November. It’s meant to exchange the North American Free Commerce Settlement. However the tentative settlement’s destiny in Congress, which should approve the deal, stays unsure. For example, some Democrats, who now management the Home, have voiced considerations that the deal might drive People to pay extra for prescribed drugs, which has dimmed the outlook for one of many president’s signature causes.

CLIMATE CHANGE

BETO O’ROURKE, on international warming: “That is our ultimate probability. The scientists are completely unanimous on this. That we now have not more than 12 years to take extremely daring motion on this disaster.” — remarks in Keokuk, Iowa, on Thursday.

THE FACTS: There isn’t a scientific consensus, a lot much less unanimity, that the planet solely has 12 years to repair the issue.

A report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change, drawn from the work of lots of of scientists, makes use of 2030 as a outstanding benchmark as a result of signatories to the Paris settlement have pledged emission cuts by then. Nevertheless it’s not a final probability, arduous deadline for motion, because it has been interpreted in some quarters.

“Glad to clear this up,” James Skea, co-chairman of the report and professor of sustainable power at Imperial School London, advised The Related Press. The panel “didn’t say we’ve got 12 years left to save lots of the world.”

He added: “The warmer it will get, the more severe it will get, however there isn’t a cliff edge.”

“This has been a persistent supply of confusion,” agreed Kristie L. Ebi, director of the Middle for Well being and the International Surroundings on the College of Washington in Seattle. “The report by no means stated we solely have 12 years left.”

The report forecasts that international warming is more likely to improve by zero.5 levels Celsius or zero.9 levels Fahrenheit between 2030 and 2052 “if it continues to extend on the present price.” The local weather has already warmed by 1 diploma C or 1.eight levels F because the pre-Industrial Age.

Even holding warming to that degree brings dangerous results to the setting, the report stated, however the influence will increase significantly if the rise within the international common temperature approaches 2 levels C or three.6 levels F.

“The earth doesn’t attain a cliff at 2030 or 2052,” Ebi advised AP. However “hold including greenhouse gases to the environment and temperatures will proceed to rise.”

As a lot as local weather scientists see the need for broad and instant motion to deal with international warming, they don’t agree on an imminent level of no return.

Cornell College local weather scientist Natalie M. Mahowald informed the AP that a 12-year time-frame is a “strong quantity for making an attempt to chop emissions” and to maintain the rise in warming underneath present ranges.

However she stated sketching out unduly dire penalties is just not “useful to fixing the issue.”

THE BORDER

TRUMP: “Since 1976, presidents have declared 59 nationwide emergencies. … The one emergency Congress voted to revoke was the one to guard our personal nation. So, consider that: With all the nationwide emergencies, this was the one they don’t need to do. And that is the one, maybe, they need to most do.” — Oval Workplace remarks Friday after vetoing the congressional decision in search of to strike down his declaration of a border emergency.

THE FACTS: His declaration was not the one one designed to guard the nation.

President Barack Obama declared an emergency in 2009 to guard the nation from the swine flu, which had killed greater than 1,000 individuals and unfold to 46 states earlier than he took that step. The H1N1 flu pressure was linked to greater than 274,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths within the U.S. between April 2009 and April 2010.

It enabled the activation of emergency plans, akin to shifting emergency rooms offsite to maintain these contaminated with the virus away from different emergency room sufferers, and it had Republican help. In contrast to Trump’s order, it was not designed to release cash that Congress had already refused to spend.

Most nationwide emergencies declared by presidents have been narrowly drawn, designed to guard U.S. pursuits in overseas nations, typically in response to crises breaking overseas.

TRUMP on border safety: “We’re apprehending report numbers of individuals.” — drug-trafficking assembly Wednesday.

THE FACTS: One main document has been damaged — the variety of migrant households arrested for crossing into the U.S. illegally. Different data haven’t.

Greater than 76,000 migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border final month, greater than double the quantity from the identical interval final yr. Most have been households coming in more and more giant teams.

General numbers of Border Patrol arrests have been the very best in 12 years, however not the very best ever.

The annual numbers are removed from a document. About 400,000 individuals have been arrested for crossing the border illegally within the final finances yr, simply one-quarter of the 1.6 million in 2000. That’s the document.

RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

TRUMP, on the sentencing of his former marketing campaign chief, Paul Manafort, to a second federal jail time period: “I can solely inform you one factor: Once more that was confirmed as we speak, no collusion.” — remarks Wednesday to reporters on the White Home.

THE FACTS: There was no such proof in that trial or in Manafort’s different trial. The query of collusion was not part of the fees towards Manafort. It’s one of many central points in Mueller’s separate and persevering with investigation, which is believed to be winding down quickly.

Within the case that produced Manafort’s first jail sentence, he was convicted of tax and financial institution fraud associated to his work advising Ukrainian politicians. Decide T.S. Ellis III neither cleared nor implicated the president, as an alternative emphasizing that Manafort was “not earlier than this courtroom for something having to do with collusion with the Russian authorities.”

Trump ignored that time afterward, tweeting: “Each the Decide and the lawyer within the Paul Manafort case said loudly and for the world to listen to that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia.” Trump misquoted the lawyer in addition to the decide.

On Wednesday, Decide Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort for deceptive the federal government about his overseas lobbying work and for encouraging witnesses to lie on his behalf. Once more, the case didn’t activate his management of Trump’s marketing campaign. “The investigation continues to be ongoing,” she famous, scolding Manafort’s legal professionals for mentioning the “no collusion” chorus through the trial.

The 2 judges sentenced Manafort to 7.5 years altogether.

As with different People who have been near Trump and have been charged within the Mueller probe, Manafort hasn’t been accused of involvement in Russian election interference. Nor has he been cleared of that suspicion. The identical is true of Trump.

TRUMP, asserting political bias within the FBI based mostly on testimony by former FBI lawyer Lisa Web page: “Comey testified (underneath oath) that it was a ‘unanimous’ determination on Crooked Hillary. Lisa Web page transcripts present he LIED.” — tweet Wednesday.

THE FACTS: Nothing in Web page’s testimony to the Home Judiciary Committee final yr signifies that former FBI Director James Comey lied about his investigative workforce’s determination to not advocate costs towards 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Clinton in her dealing with of an e-mail server whereas secretary of state. A transcript of Web page’s testimony was launched by the panel’s prime Republican this previous week.

Trump is right that Comey did testify to the Home Oversight and Authorities Reform Committee in July 2016 that the choice on no expenses was unanimous amongst his investigative group.

Within the newly launched transcript, Web page stated the investigative group decided it didn’t have “adequate proof” towards Clinton to deliver a cost of “gross negligence” in her dealing with of emails.

Web page did observe there was some “smack speak” by higher-level FBI officers expressing a want to “get” Clinton. “So I’m conscious of senior FBI officers speaking to subordinate FBI officers on the Hillary Clinton investigative staff who unquestionably had anti-Hillary sentiment, however who additionally stated: You need to get her or — once more, I don’t have a precise quote — however like we’re relying on you, you already know,” Web page stated.

However Web page additionally famous that none of these officers was able of authority over the investigation any longer.

MELANIA TRUMP

TRUMP: “The Pretend Information photoshopped footage of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s truly not her by my aspect in Alabama and different locations. They’re solely getting extra deranged with time!” — tweet Wednesday.

THE FACTS: No, there’s no proof that the information organizations Trump likes to name the “Pretend Information” doctored footage of Melania Trump to hawk the falsehood that a stand-in took the primary woman’s place in Alabama final week or different locations at different occasions. Some wrote concerning the fakery, unfold by a mixture of satirical, gullible and anti-Trump individuals on-line, and Trump’s tweet provides them extra visibility than they might have had in any other case.

Amongst them, The Guardian columnist Marina Hyde tweeted in October 2017 that she was “completely satisfied Melania is being performed by a Melania impersonator nowadays.” She adopted up with an admission that she had indulged in a “parallel pretend universe” by which she fantasized that the primary woman had escaped to small-town Missouri and was volunteering at a shelter for refugees.

RAIL SAFETY

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO, on constructive practice management: “Nothing occurred on this till we got here into workplace. And I would really like some credit score for that.” — remarks to reporters on March 11.

THE FACTS: Her remark is inaccurate that “nothing” was executed on constructive practice management earlier than she took management of the Transportation Division.

The Federal Railroad Administration took an aggressive posture on the braking know-how beneath the Obama administration. After an Amtrak practice derailed in Philadelphia in 2015, the company’s administrator, Sarah Feinberg, pushed railroads to maneuver quicker on putting in constructive practice management, which has been out there for years. The GPS-based know-how is designed to mechanically sluggish or cease trains which are going too quick and may take over management of a practice when an engineer is distracted or incapacitated.

Congress had mandated that railroad corporations set up the braking know-how by 2015, after a 2008 Metrolink crash in California killed 25 individuals. However the rail business persuaded Congress to push again the set up deadline to 2018, whereas permitting railroads to use for an extension till 2020 in some circumstances.

Feinberg stated she wouldn’t settle for additional delays and had her company publish quarterly updates about every railroad’s progress on her company’s web site.

She warned railroads that any extensions past the 2018 deadline would solely be thought-about if the railroads might show they made a good-faith effort to satisfy the mandate. She additionally advised railroads to submit plans that spelled out their detailed schedules for the braking methods and warned that the company might superb them as much as $5,000 per day in the event that they didn’t file the required plans.

In distinction, Chao was noncommittal on the deadline at her affirmation listening to, saying she wanted to be briefed on the know-how.

Progress with the system has continued underneath the Trump administration however just isn’t full.

As of December, the braking know-how was in use on 30 % of the miles for which it’s required for passenger railroad journey, up from 24 % on the finish of the Obama administration, based on federal statistics. It’s in use on 83 % of the required miles for freight railroads, up from 16 % in the identical interval.

BREXIT

TRUMP, on how he stood at his Scottish golf resort, Turnberry, on the eve of the Brexit referendum and predicted that the British would vote to go away the European Union: “I predicted it was going to occur and I used to be proper and other people laughed once I predicted it they usually gained by about two factors. And I used to be standing out on Turnberry and we had a press convention and other people have been screaming. That was the day earlier than, in case you keep in mind. I feel you have been there. And other people have been screaming and I stated, ‘No, I feel it’s going to occur.’ And other people have been stunned I made the prediction …as a result of President Obama made the other prediction. And I used to be proper.” — remarks Thursday at White Home.

THE FACTS: As when he has advised this story earlier than, Trump is mixing up his predictions and his days. A month earlier than the vote, he did predict precisely that Britain would vote to go away the EU. The day after the 2016 vote — not the day earlier than — he predicted from his Scottish resort that the EU would collapse due to Britain’s withdrawal. That is still to be seen.

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