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From health care to immigration, Trump’s main claims of success were misleading.

President Donald Trump’s first year in office was mired in political scandal and Republican party infighting. But on Tuesday night, in his first State of the Union, Trump described a prosperous and harmonious nation.

While it’s true his administration has had serious influence on the nation’s culture, regulatory policy and legislative priorities, Trump took sweeping credit for massive improvements in the nation’s health care system, economy, and foreign affairs. Many of these claims were misleading, involved serious omissions, or were downright false.

Vox’s staff fact-checked seven of Trump’s biggest statements.

1) Trump tried to take credit for the black unemployment rate’s decline

President Donald Trump cited a statistic he was “very proud of” in his State of the Union speech Tuesday: “African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded,” Trump proclaimed.


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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus wore black clothing and Kente cloth in protest and have criticized Trump’s “basic” understanding of black unemployment. They notably did not applaud when the president touted the black unemployment decline during his address.

But as Vox’s Matthew Yglesias points out that “a simple eyeball of the African-American unemployment rate, meanwhile, makes it clear that Trump has nothing to do with this trend.”

The African-American unemployment rate has been on the decline since 2011, long before Trump was in the White House.

Trump may be “proud” of the statistic, but African American lawmakers in the House chamber Tuesday, were less enthusiastic about Trump claiming credit. Many in the Congressional Black Caucus, group of roughly 49 African-American representatives and senators, boycotted the State of the Union.

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