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 Paycheque Protection Program, administered by the Small Business Administration, provides loans to small businesses to cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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 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? ”
This story has been updated with more context for the Harvard example.