Trump: Leaks and fake news

Many issues bother me about our president. I’ll comment on two:

1. Leaks — Trump complains about Leaks but the President himself recently tweeted out a link to a Fox News report about North Korea that contained what U.S Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said was “classified information”; in May, Trump revealed “highly classified information” to two top Russian officials in the Oval Office. Trump is the leaker-in-chief!

2. Fake News — Trump suggests that any news not to his liking is “fake”. I would suggest that misrepresenting the truth (lying) is “fake news.” Trump’s most repeated claim is some variation of, “The Affordable Care Act is dying.” But the Congressional Budget Office has said, “The Obamacare exchanges, despite well-documented issues, are not imploding.” However, Trump and Republicans seem intent on making it fail.

Trump claims that the 3-5 million more votes Hillary received than him were from “illegals.”

Snopes says, “There is zero evidence to support this claim.”

Trump claims his policies are creating more jobs than his predecessors. In reality, there were 1,074,000 jobs added during Trump’s first six months- average of 184,000 per month but there were 1,084,000 jobs added during Obama’s last six months in office and an average of 187,000 per month in the first six months of 2016. There were actually fewer jobs created during Trump’s first six months than either Obama’s first six months of 2016 or during the last six months of 2016. Statistics from Trump’s Labor Department.

Trump wants people to believe immigrants collect welfare. Fact — the 1996 law prohibits new immigrants from getting welfare for five years.

Trump promised to “lift millions of Americans from welfare to work.” Well, there are only about 600,000 Americans receiving welfare — hardly millions.

Trump wants people to believe that legal immigrants are taking jobs from native-born Americans — not true. In fact, we need more immigrants to help fill jobs in numerous industries — agriculture, construction, leisure/hospitality, and manufacturing, and without them, those jobs go begging.

We all want a president we can believe and believe in; Trump is not that person.