Check out Trump’s 2024 announcement speech


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CNN

Former President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will run for president in 2024, making several false claims during a speech at his Mar-a-Lago resort and residence.

Here is a check on some of them. This article will be updated with additional claims.

Trump announced on Tuesday afternoon that the US was leaving $85 billion worth of military equipment in Afghanistan when the military withdrew in 2021.

“Perhaps the most shameful moment in the history of our country, where we lost lives, left Americans behind and delivered $85 trillion of the best military equipment in the world,” Trump said, speaking from his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Facts First: Trump’s figure is false. Although a significant amount of military equipment provided by the US to Afghan government forces was handed over to the Taliban when the US withdrew, the Department of Defense estimates that this equipment was useful. About 7.1 billion dollars — A piece of equipment worth about 18.6 billion dollars given to the Afghan forces between 2005 and 2021. And some of the equipment left behind was rendered unusable before US forces withdrew.

There is absolutely no basis for saying that Trump left behind $85 trillion worth of equipment. As other auditors have previously pointed out, this was a rounding figure (closer to $83 billion) for the total amount Congress earmarked for a fund to support Afghan security forces during the war. Only part of this grant was for equipment.

Trump said his administration “filled up” the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, but now the Biden administration has “almost emptied it.”

The facts first: Both parts of Trump’s claim are false. He did not fulfill the reservation, and the reservation is not “almost empty”.

Although Trump has repeatedly boasted about filling the reserve, he had fewer crude barrels when he left office in early 2021 than when he took office in 2017. That’s not just because of him; the law requires some mandatory sales of the reserve for budgetary reasons, and the Democrats in Congress blocked the funding needed to fulfill Trump’s 2020 directive to buy ten million more barrels and fill the reserve to its capacity, but it was not fulfilled anyway.

As CNN’s Matt Egan and Phil Mattingly reported in mid-October, the U.S. stockpile remains the largest in the world, though it has been at a 38-year low since President Joe Biden released much of it to help lower oil prices. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (and, coincidentally or not, before the midterm elections). Reserves stood at more than 396 million barrels of crude oil in the week ending Nov. 4.

He also bragged about Trump’s tariffs on China, saying, “There was no president who had ever sought or received a dollar from China for our country until I came.”

The facts first: As we have written repeatedly, it is it’s not true No president before Trump had raised any revenue through tariffs on Chinese goods. In fact, the US has been imposing tariffs on China for over two centuries, and FactCheck.org notify In 2019, the US generated “an average of $12.3 billion in customs duties annually from 2007 to 2016,” according to the US International Trade Commission’s DataWeb.

Also, American importers, not Chinese exporters, make the actual tariff payments, and after scrutiny during the Trump presidency, Americans were bearing the cost of the tariffs.

Trump said that unnamed people are not talking about the threat of nuclear weapons because they are obsessed with environmental issues, which he said, “They say could affect us in 300 years.” He added: “They say the ocean will rise 1/8 of an inch in the next 200 to 300 years. But don’t worry about nuclear weapons that can take out entire countries with one shot.”

The facts first: Trump’s claims are false, even if you ignore the absurd notion that people aren’t paying attention to nuclear threats because they’re focusing on the environment. Sea levels are expected to rise much faster than Trump said. US Government National Ocean Service he said on its website “The US coastal sea level is projected to rise by an average of 10 – 12 inches (0.25 – 0.30 meters) over the next 30 years (2020 – 2050), which is about as much as the measured rise in the past 100 years (1920 – 2020).”

And while Trump didn’t use the words “climate change” in this claim, he strongly suggested that people were saying climate change could only happen in 300 years. That is completely inaccurate; it is currently affecting the US. The Department of Defense said in a 2021 report: “Raising temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change are increasing risks and creating new security challenges for US interests.’

Trump said that Chinese leader Xi Jinping told him that China doesn’t have a “drug problem” at all because of its tough treatment of drug traffickers. Then Trump himself repeated the claim, saying: “If you get caught selling drugs in China you get a speedy trial right away, and at the end of the day you’re executed. It’s a terrible thing, but they don’t have a drug problem.”

The facts first: Trump’s claim is not true, just like when he made similar claims as president. Joe Amon, director of global health at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, said that “yes, China has a drug problem” and that “China, like the US, has a large number of people who use (a wide range of) drugs.” The Chinese government itself has reported With “1.49 million registered drug users nationwide” by the end of 2021, Chinese officials have in the past admitted that the number of registered drug users is an understatement of actual drug use there.

And while Trump credits only harsh punishments for what he says is China’s success in handling drugs, the Chinese government also touts rehabilitation, education and anti-poverty efforts.