CNN Fact-Checks Trump’s Claim of Signing First Military Pay Raise in 10 Years: ‘That’s Just Not True’

CNN took Donald Trump to task on Thursday by fact-checking his claim to troops in Iraq that he authorized the military’s first pay raise in a decade.

Trump has made this dubious claim before, and he repeated it again on Wednesday while on his visit with U.S. forces serving abroad. CNN looked at the last 10 years of compensation records from the Department of Defense, and they noted how military pay has been going up for years despite Trump’s claims to the contrary.

“That’s just not true,”CNN anchor John Berman remarked. “Typically when presidents speak overseas, particularly in combat zones, they like stay close to the truth and stay away from politics, and that didn’t happen.”

“Troops have had a pay raise pretty much every year, for that past thirty,” Berman added.

Margaret Talev noted that military officials would know how their pay has increased over the years, and that Trump’s remarks probably have a lot to do with messaging while he still deals with the government shutdown.

Watch above, via CNN.

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