President Donald Trump’s bipartisan meeting on immigration Tuesday was notable on a number of levels — most significantly because cameras were allowed to capture the proceedings.
But the Washington Post found the bipartisan summit noteworthy for another reason. According to a running fact check they’ve conducted through Trump’s first 355 days in office, the president made his 2,000th false or misleading claim during Tuesday’s sit-down with lawmakers.
Trump reached the dubious milestone with this particular whopper, according to the Post:
The countries come in and they put names in a hopper and they’re not giving you their best names, common sense means they’re not giving you the best names, they giving you people that they don’t want and then we take them out of the lottery. And when they do it by hand when they put the hand in a bowl like probably what’s in their hand are the worst of the worst but they put people in that they don’t want into a lottery and the United States takes those people.
The Post‘s fact checkers knocked Trump’s claim down with aplomb.
“This is a gross misrepresentation of the diversity visa program,” according to the Post. “Individuals apply for the visa system, and must have at least a high school diploma or work in specific industries to be eligible for the program. As the term ‘lottery’ implies, applicants are selected via a randomized computer drawing. The selected applicants undergo a background check before entering the country, and some applicants undergo an additional in-depth review if they are considered a security risk.
The Post reports that Tuesday marked the 11th time Trump repeated this falsehood — surely earning it a spot on the greatest hits album.
The president went on to utter one more false claim during the immigration meeting, bringing his total to 2001. His current pace stands at roughly six dubious claims per day. So if he picks up his pace just a little, he has a chance to get to 2,100 before his first year is up.
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