19 Things President Trump and His Administration Have Lied About Since Day One

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19 Things President Trump and His Administration Have Lied About Since Day One

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19 Things President Trump and His Administration Have Lied About Since Day One

As American and even global citizens, it’s our responsibility to keep our politicians honest and accountable, even those in the highest offices.

In that spirit, we’re keeping track of dishonest statements from President Donald Trump and his administration, starting from his very first moments as commander-in-chief.

Click through the slides to see the Trump administration's lies and misinformation spotted by fact-checkers so far — and check back soon, as we’ll be updating this gallery as often as necessary.

19 Things President Trump and His Administration Have Lied About Since Day One
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1. January 20, 2017: America’s wealth has dissipated

January 20, 2017: America’s wealth has dissipated Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

“We’ve made other countries rich, while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon,” Trump said in his inaugural address.

“Economists measure the wealth of nations in two ways. They look at the size of their economies, the GDP, and they look at how well the average citizen is doing, or GDP per capita,” PolitiFact reports. “Through either lens, the wealth of the United States has not dissipated.”

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1. January 20, 2017: America’s wealth has dissipated

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“We’ve made other countries rich, while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon,” Trump said in his inaugural address.

“Economists measure the wealth of nations in two ways. They look at the size of their economies, the GDP, and they look at how well the average citizen is doing, or GDP per capita,” PolitiFact reports. “Through either lens, the wealth of the United States has not dissipated.”

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2. January 20, 2017: America refuses to defend its own borders

January 20, 2017: America refuses to defend its own borders Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

“We’ve defended other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own,” Trump said in his inaugural address.

ABC News points out the United States spends $18 billion a year on border control — which already involves 700 miles of fence (up from 77 in 2000), as well as “11,000 underground sensors, 107 aircraft, 175 mobile surveillance units, and 273 remote video surveillance cameras.”

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2. January 20, 2017: America refuses to defend its own borders

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“We’ve defended other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own,” Trump said in his inaugural address.

ABC News points out the United States spends $18 billion a year on border control — which already involves 700 miles of fence (up from 77 in 2000), as well as “11,000 underground sensors, 107 aircraft, 175 mobile surveillance units, and 273 remote video surveillance cameras.”

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3. January 21, 2017: Trump’s inauguration had the largest-ever audience

January 21, 2017: Trump’s inauguration had the largest-ever audience Credit: Chris Kleponis - Pool/Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the press the viewers comprised “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”

Snopes says: “No reliable data backs up that claim. Trump’s swearing-in saw fewer television viewers than four other inaugurations and prompted fewer Metro rides than both of Barack Obama’s inaugurations, and an optical analysis conducted by a crowd safety consultant found that Trump’s inaugural crowd size was significantly lower than that of 2009.”

3. January 21, 2017: Trump’s inauguration had the largest-ever audience

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the press the viewers comprised “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”

Snopes says: “No reliable data backs up that claim. Trump’s swearing-in saw fewer television viewers than four other inaugurations and prompted fewer Metro rides than both of Barack Obama’s inaugurations, and an optical analysis conducted by a crowd safety consultant found that Trump’s inaugural crowd size was significantly lower than that of 2009.”

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4. January 21, 2017: Trump never feuded with the intelligence community

January 21, 2017: Trump never feuded with the intelligence community Credit: Olivier Doulier - Pool/Getty Images

“[The media] sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community,” Trump said during a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency. “And I just want to let you know, the reason you're the No. 1 stop is exactly the opposite."

PolitiFact reminds readers Trump “lashed out” on multiple occasions: “He said that intelligence officials had used Nazi-like tactics against him and belittled the agencies as a whole for their incorrect belief that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.”

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4. January 21, 2017: Trump never feuded with the intelligence community

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“[The media] sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community,” Trump said during a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency. “And I just want to let you know, the reason you're the No. 1 stop is exactly the opposite."

PolitiFact reminds readers Trump “lashed out” on multiple occasions: “He said that intelligence officials had used Nazi-like tactics against him and belittled the agencies as a whole for their incorrect belief that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.”

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5. January 22, 2017: Spicer’s crowd size claims are “alternative facts”

January 22, 2017: Spicer’s crowd size claims are “alternative facts” Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

On Meet the Press, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway had this to say about Sean Spicer’s claims about the inauguration attendance: “Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts.”

Merriam-Webster explains that “a fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.”

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5. January 22, 2017: Spicer’s crowd size claims are “alternative facts”

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On Meet the Press, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway had this to say about Sean Spicer’s claims about the inauguration attendance: “Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts.”

Merriam-Webster explains that “a fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.”

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6. January 23, 2017: Homicides in Washington D.C. have risen by 50 percent

January 23, 2017: Homicides in Washington D.C. have risen by 50 percent Credit: Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images

“In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent,” the White House website stated before Politifact corrected this statistic on January 23. The statement has since been edited to say “over the past four years.”

“The most recent figures, from 2016, show a 17 percent decline in [Washington D.C.] homicides from 2015,” Politifact says.

“In addition, the long-term trend shows significantly lower numbers for homicides in Washington, D.C., than was the rule for the 1990s — even if you compare the spike of 2015.”

6. January 23, 2017: Homicides in Washington D.C. have risen by 50 percent

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“In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent,” the White House website stated before Politifact corrected this statistic on January 23. The statement has since been edited to say “over the past four years.”

“The most recent figures, from 2016, show a 17 percent decline in [Washington D.C.] homicides from 2015,” Politifact says.

“In addition, the long-term trend shows significantly lower numbers for homicides in Washington, D.C., than was the rule for the 1990s — even if you compare the spike of 2015.”

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7. January 25, 2017: ISIS wouldn’t exist had America kept the oil when leaving Iraq

January 25, 2017: ISIS wouldn’t exist had America kept the oil when leaving Iraq Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

“We should’ve kept the oil when we got out [of Iraq],” Trump told ABC News’ David Muir on January 25. “Had we taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS because they fuel themselves with the oil. That’s where they got the money.”

FactCheck.org begs to differ: “In fact, ISIS largely has been funded through extortion, robbery, taxes and Syrian oil, according to government reports and terrorism financing experts.”

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7. January 25, 2017: ISIS wouldn’t exist had America kept the oil when leaving Iraq

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“We should’ve kept the oil when we got out [of Iraq],” Trump told ABC News’ David Muir on January 25. “Had we taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS because they fuel themselves with the oil. That’s where they got the money.”

FactCheck.org begs to differ: “In fact, ISIS largely has been funded through extortion, robbery, taxes and Syrian oil, according to government reports and terrorism financing experts.”

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8. January 26, 2017: Homicides in Philadelphia are “terribly increasing.”

January 26, 2017: Homicides in Philadelphia are “terribly increasing.” Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

“Here in Philadelphia, murder has been steady — I mean — just terribly increasing,” Trump said in a January 26 speech in Philly.

“The 277 people killed in 2016 is the third-lowest amount since 1990 and down about 45 percent from the 1990 peak,” Politifact reports.

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8. January 26, 2017: Homicides in Philadelphia are “terribly increasing.”

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“Here in Philadelphia, murder has been steady — I mean — just terribly increasing,” Trump said in a January 26 speech in Philly.

“The 277 people killed in 2016 is the third-lowest amount since 1990 and down about 45 percent from the 1990 peak,” Politifact reports.

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9. February 5, 2017: Only 109 people were affected by the travel ban

February 5, 2017: Only 109 people were affected by the travel ban Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

“I think it was very smooth,” Trump told Fox News of the travel ban. “We had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.”

Politifact says that number refers to the number of people who were in transit when the ban was announced and doesn’t account for the over 1,200 who were prevented from boarding flights to the United States or the roughly 60,000 people whose visas were revoked.

9. February 5, 2017: Only 109 people were affected by the travel ban

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“I think it was very smooth,” Trump told Fox News of the travel ban. “We had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.”

Politifact says that number refers to the number of people who were in transit when the ban was announced and doesn’t account for the over 1,200 who were prevented from boarding flights to the United States or the roughly 60,000 people whose visas were revoked.

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10. February 6, 2017: The “very, very” dishonest press doesn’t report on terrorism

February 6, 2017: The “very, very” dishonest press doesn’t report on terrorism Credit: Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images

In a speech at U.S. Central Command headquarter, Trump claimed “Radical Islamic terrorists” are “determined to strike our homeland” as they did “all across Europe.”

“All over Europe, it’s happening,” he said. “It’s gotten to a point where it's not even being reported, and in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.”

Politifact sets the record straight: “We found no support for the idea that the media is hushing up terrorist attacks on U.S. or European soil … There is plenty of coverage of in the American media of terrorist attacks. We rate the statement Pants on Fire!”

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10. February 6, 2017: The “very, very” dishonest press doesn’t report on terrorism

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In a speech at U.S. Central Command headquarter, Trump claimed “Radical Islamic terrorists” are “determined to strike our homeland” as they did “all across Europe.”

“All over Europe, it’s happening,” he said. “It’s gotten to a point where it's not even being reported, and in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.”

Politifact sets the record straight: “We found no support for the idea that the media is hushing up terrorist attacks on U.S. or European soil … There is plenty of coverage of in the American media of terrorist attacks. We rate the statement Pants on Fire!”

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11. February 18, 2017: There was a terror attack in Sweden

February 18, 2017: There was a terror attack in Sweden

At a rally in Florida, Trump referred to an apparent terror attack in Sweden the night before. The issue? It never occurred.

"You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden," he told the crowd. "Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible."

The POTUS quickly came under fire for making up an event that never happened. Among his critics was Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt who tweeted: "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?"

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11. February 18, 2017: There was a terror attack in Sweden

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At a rally in Florida, Trump referred to an apparent terror attack in Sweden the night before. The issue? It never occurred.

"You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden," he told the crowd. "Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible."

The POTUS quickly came under fire for making up an event that never happened. Among his critics was Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt who tweeted: "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?"

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12. February 25, 2017: The national debt went down $12 billion in Trump’s first month

February 25, 2017: The national debt went down $12 billion in Trump’s first month Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

This was the impressive-sounding statistic Trump tweeted out on February 25.

“The national debt fluctuates up and down depending on the day,” Politifact reasons.

“While the debt is ‘down’ after one month, experts say that trend will reverse and the debt will continue to rise … This factoid is a gross misrepresentation of the state of the debt and the role the new president had in shaping the figure.”

12. February 25, 2017: The national debt went down $12 billion in Trump’s first month

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This was the impressive-sounding statistic Trump tweeted out on February 25.

“The national debt fluctuates up and down depending on the day,” Politifact reasons.

“While the debt is ‘down’ after one month, experts say that trend will reverse and the debt will continue to rise … This factoid is a gross misrepresentation of the state of the debt and the role the new president had in shaping the figure.”

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13. February 28, 2017: Trump has called for “one of the largest increases in national defense spending”

February 28, 2017: Trump has called for “one of the largest increases in national defense spending” Credit: Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/Getty Images

Addressing Congress on February 28, Trump said his budget “calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.”

“In the past three decades, there have been 10 years when the base defense budget has gone up more than what Trump has requested,” Politifact reports.

“In some years, the increase was more than double Trump’s. The term ‘one of the largest’ has some leeway, but the defense analysts we reached said while it is a significant increase, it is not remarkable.”

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13. February 28, 2017: Trump has called for “one of the largest increases in national defense spending”

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Addressing Congress on February 28, Trump said his budget “calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.”

“In the past three decades, there have been 10 years when the base defense budget has gone up more than what Trump has requested,” Politifact reports.

“In some years, the increase was more than double Trump’s. The term ‘one of the largest’ has some leeway, but the defense analysts we reached said while it is a significant increase, it is not remarkable.”

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14. February 28, 2017: The vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges since 9/11 are foreign-born

February 28, 2017: The vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges since 9/11 are foreign-born Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

“According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country,” Trump told Congress in defense of his travel ban.”

“[The data] actually came from a congressional subcommittee chaired by then-senator Sessions,” Politifact says by way of correction.

“Moreover, the data had some limitations … Trump’s statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.”

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14. February 28, 2017: The vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges since 9/11 are foreign-born

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“According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country,” Trump told Congress in defense of his travel ban.”

“[The data] actually came from a congressional subcommittee chaired by then-senator Sessions,” Politifact says by way of correction.

“Moreover, the data had some limitations … Trump’s statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.”

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15. March 7, 2017: 122 Guantanamo Bay prisoners released by Obama’s administration have re-engaged

March 7, 2017: 122 Guantanamo Bay prisoners released by Obama’s administration have re-engaged Credit: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

“122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield,” Trump tweeted on March 7.

Politifact reports the number of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who have re-engaged in terrorist activity is actually 121, and 113 of those 121 were actually released under President George W. Bush’s administration.

15. March 7, 2017: 122 Guantanamo Bay prisoners released by Obama’s administration have re-engaged

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“122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield,” Trump tweeted on March 7.

Politifact reports the number of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who have re-engaged in terrorist activity is actually 121, and 113 of those 121 were actually released under President George W. Bush’s administration.

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16. March 15, 2017: The New York Times wrote about Obama tapping Trump’s phones

March 15, 2017: The New York Times wrote about Obama tapping Trump’s phones Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The New York Times wrote about it," Trump told Fox News on March 15, in reference to his accusation that former President Obama had his phones wiretapped. “They did write on January 20, using the word ‘wiretap.’”

“The New York Times report does use the word ‘wiretap,’” PolitiFact states. “It doesn’t appear that Trump read the article closely, however, because it does not say Obama personally ordered a tap on his phones during the election, as Trump claimed in his tweet.”

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16. March 15, 2017: The New York Times wrote about Obama tapping Trump’s phones

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The New York Times wrote about it," Trump told Fox News on March 15, in reference to his accusation that former President Obama had his phones wiretapped. “They did write on January 20, using the word ‘wiretap.’”

“The New York Times report does use the word ‘wiretap,’” PolitiFact states. “It doesn’t appear that Trump read the article closely, however, because it does not say Obama personally ordered a tap on his phones during the election, as Trump claimed in his tweet.”

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17. March 17, 2017: Half of Tennessee doesn’t have an insurance company

March 17, 2017: Half of Tennessee doesn’t have an insurance company Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

“I was in Tennessee — I was just telling the folks — and half of the state has no insurance company and the other half is gonna lose the insurance company,” Trump told House members at a March 17 Oval Office meeting. “The people don’t know what to do. It’s a disaster. Obamacare is dead.”

FactCheck.org has the truth, though: “In fact, all eight of the state’s rating areas have at least one carrier and three of them have two carriers.”

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17. March 17, 2017: Half of Tennessee doesn’t have an insurance company

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“I was in Tennessee — I was just telling the folks — and half of the state has no insurance company and the other half is gonna lose the insurance company,” Trump told House members at a March 17 Oval Office meeting. “The people don’t know what to do. It’s a disaster. Obamacare is dead.”

FactCheck.org has the truth, though: “In fact, all eight of the state’s rating areas have at least one carrier and three of them have two carriers.”

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18. March 18, 2017: Germany owes NATO, and the United States provides defense to Germany

March 18, 2017: Germany owes NATO, and the United States provides defense to Germany Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

“Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” Trump tweeted on March 18.

PolitiFact sets the record straight: “NATO members agreed to spend 2 percent of their country’s GDP on defense by 2024. But that’s not in payments to NATO. Each country funds its own defense, while NATO serves as an umbrella organization meant to protect all members.”

18. March 18, 2017: Germany owes NATO, and the United States provides defense to Germany

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“Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” Trump tweeted on March 18.

PolitiFact sets the record straight: “NATO members agreed to spend 2 percent of their country’s GDP on defense by 2024. But that’s not in payments to NATO. Each country funds its own defense, while NATO serves as an umbrella organization meant to protect all members.”

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19. March 20, 2017: The NSA and FBI told Congress that Russia didn’t interfere in the election

March 20, 2017: The NSA and FBI told Congress that Russia didn’t interfere in the election Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

“The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process,” Trump tweeted on March 20, along with a video clip of FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers addressing Congress.

“Rogers and Comey never said this — not in the video clip Trump shared, nor at any point in the five-hour hearing,” PolitiFact points out.

“Rather, they said they believe Russia interfered in the presidential election, in an attempt to help Trump and undermine the democratic process.”

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19. March 20, 2017: The NSA and FBI told Congress that Russia didn’t interfere in the election

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“The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process,” Trump tweeted on March 20, along with a video clip of FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers addressing Congress.

“Rogers and Comey never said this — not in the video clip Trump shared, nor at any point in the five-hour hearing,” PolitiFact points out.

“Rather, they said they believe Russia interfered in the presidential election, in an attempt to help Trump and undermine the democratic process.”

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As American and even global citizens, it’s our responsibility to keep our politicians honest and accountable, even those in the highest offices.

In that spirit, we’re keeping track of dishonest statements from President Donald Trump and his administration, starting from his very first moments as commander-in-chief.

Click through the slides to see the Trump administration's lies and misinformation spotted by fact-checkers so far — and check back soon, as we’ll be updating this gallery as often as necessary.