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Verification of the facts: false allegations by President Trump at Tuesday’s coronavirus briefing

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But he made at least two. And he made other statements that lacked key context.

Trump has threatened Harvard University, saying the institution has taken funding for the “workers'” coronavirus.

Trump was answering a question about how the federal government would recover funds from large companies guaranteeing loans through the paycheck protection program, which was supposed to be for small businesses. “Harvard will refund the money. They shouldn’t take it. … I won’t mention any other name, but when I saw Harvard, they have one of the largest endowments in the country, perhaps in the world, I guess. And they’re going to pay this money back. ”

The facts first: Trump incorrectly suggested that Harvard had made money for business. Harvard Received Coronavirus Relief Funding, but Trump Did Not Distinguish Between Two Separate Federal Funding Sources Under CARES Coronavirus Program – The Emergency Relief Fund for higher education and the Paycheck Protection Program. The relief fund is mainly intended to provide financial aid scholarships to students. The paycheck program is a set of small business loans that Harvard never asked for or received.

Harvard, which has an endowment of about $ 40 billion, received nearly $ 9 million from the CARES Coronavirus Relief Program through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund .

The fund is disbursed through the Ministry of Education and has been awarded to a long list of colleges and universities across the country. It was created “to provide emergency financial aid scholarships to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.” according to the ministry of education. DOE also points out that a formula prescribed by CARES law determines in advance the amount that each college or university is supposed to grant.

The Paycheque Protection Program, administered by the Small Business Administration, provides loans to small businesses to cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus.

The PPP also received funding under the CARES law, but the money for this program was withdrawn. Additional funding for the PPP was approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

In a statement, Harvard University said the school “had neither applied for nor received any funding through the US Small Business Administration’s paycheck protection program. for small businesses. ”

The statement added that Harvard has pledged that 100% of the funds received through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund “will be used to provide direct assistance to students facing urgent financial needs due of the Covid-19 “pandemic.

The university added that these funds “will add to the support the university has already provided to students – including travel assistance, direct living expenses for those in need and transition support from students to online education. ”

Georgia, tests and shows

The White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, was asked about the Republican Georgia governor, Brian Kemp. decision to allow manicure salons, hair salons and tattoo parlors to reopen. The reporter noted that people must be close to each other in these establishments.

After Birx responded, Trump said, “Are they testing before they enter? We have to find out. That’s why – I’m talking to the governor in a little while, and I’ll ask him these questions.”

The facts first: Trump was asking a question, not making a false claim, but it is not expected that customers of Georgia’s nail salons, hair salons, or tattoo parlors will somehow be tested for coronavirus before entering . Kemp said nothing about such tests.

Kemp spoke at length during a Monday press conference on his efforts to expand testing in Georgia, including through National Guard “strike teams” in virus hotspots; and on the use of university laboratories to process samples. But he did not say that there were test requirements for people to enter the businesses he would allow to reopen, or any plan to offer testing near all of these businesses.

Demonstrators of social distancing

The President reiterated his assertion that protesters under house arrest orders in certain states were following guidelines on social distancing.

“And I watched some of the protests – not in detail, but I see it. And they are separate … lots of space in between,” said Trump. “I mean, they’re watching, believe it or not, social – they’re social distance, if you can believe it. And they are. And they’re protesting, but they – the groups I saw were very dispersed. So I think that’s good. ”

The facts first: Protesters gathered in several state capitals to express opposition to stay-at-home orders issued by governors to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Some of the protests involved participants standing at a distance from each other, but others involved participants hugging each other. Trump has not identified the protests he has seen.

In Pennsylvania, hundreds of protesters gathered on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg as police barricades prevented people from advancing towards the entrances.
In Michigan, demonstrators drove cars to invade the streets of the State Capitol in protest, but some got out of their cars and trod the steps of the Capitol building.

One participant even told the CNN WILX affiliate: “I think everyone here is likely to get a coronavirus, we’re all within six feet of each other.”

In Kentucky, the protesters standing a few meters from each other chanted “Open Up Kentucky!” and “You are not a king, we will not kiss your ring” outside the room where Governor Andy Beshear gave his daily coronavirus update April 15.
Meanwhile, a striking image by Joshua Bickel of Columbus Post-Dispatch A demonstration in Ohio showed a crowd of protesters packed against the doors outside the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus on April 13.

While some protesters have made an effort to follow social distancing guidelines during protests, any violation of social distancing practices threatens to increase the spread of the virus.

Mexican soldiers and the border

Speaking of what he said about his achievements in immigration policy, Trump said “Mexico currently has 27,000 troops on our southern border which we share with them.”

The facts first: Mexico has deployed approximately 27,000 troops, but Trump has exaggerated the number of those stationed near the US border in particular; Mexican Minister of Defense said in October, it was around 15,000 at the American border, around 12,000 at the southern border with Mexico.

The trade deficit with China

Trump has repeated his frequent claim that the United States’ trade deficit with China is up to $ 500 billion: “I even asked Chinese leaders how – how did it ever happen? Where did our country is losing tens of billions of dollars a year. And I’m not just talking about tens. Take a look: 200 billion dollars, 300 billion dollars, 400 billion dollars, 500 billion dollars per year. How did they get could have let something like that happen? ”

The facts first: There has never been a $ 500 billion trade deficit with China. (Trump describes trade deficits as “losers”, although many economists challenge this characterization.) The 2018 deficit was $ 381 billion for the counting of goods and services, $ 420 billion for the counting of goods alone.

This story has been updated with more context for the Harvard example.

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