Trump and fake news take a ride on the AJC Truth-O-Meter

President-elect Donald Trump, his pick for health secretary and fake news all took =a spin on the Truth-O-Meter recently, courtesy of PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia.

Want to see how they fared? Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below.Full versions can be found at

Want to comment on our rulings or suggest your own? Go to our Facebook page (

You can also follow us on Twitter (

Winning Democrats on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 in an article:

“Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Wants a Medicare Phaseout by Summer 2017.”

An article on the Winning Democrats website said Georgia Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, wants to phase out Medicare by summer.

Price wants an overhaul of Medicare.

Saying he wants to “phase out” the program is too strong and gives readers the impression Medicare won’t exist under Price. Medicare will exist, and Price’s preferred plan for its future is laid out in detail in the 2017 Fiscal Year Budget Resolution.

The article offers little to no evidence to support the idea that Price wants to end Medicare.

We rated this claim False.

Donald Trump on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 in a tweet:

“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”

Boeing, a major American corporation, is actually building two planes, not one. As for the price tag, Trump has more of a point. The project’s current cost is $3.73 billion, which is within shouting distance of Trump’s “more than $4 billion.” That’s a projection over 12 years, and the figure could rise over time.

However, Trump glosses over some important context. The corporation doesn’t simply slap a high price tag on its planes. National-security requirements, not Boeing, have been the main driver of high costs. The costs include high-tech features and top-of-the-line security necessary for the president.

The statement is partially accurate but leaves out important details.

We rated it Half True.

Roger Williams on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 in an interview with McClatchy’s Washington bureau:

“NAFTA allows a lot of trucks from Mexico, for example, to leave there and … drive straight through without even being inspected.”

Texas GOP Congressman and car dealer Roger Williams gave no specific backup when he said trucks roll through Mexico to the U.S., but PolitiFact’s research showed not all trucks are searched, giving an element of truth to this statement.

However, all vehicles crossing the border must undergo a visual screening. Trucks are subject to electronic scans and random safety and security inspections, and if they’re headed to the nation’s interior they are required to fulfill various requirements including a safety inspection within the previous 90 days.

We rated his claim Mostly False.

Bloggers on Friday, October 9th, 2015 in social media posts, blogs:

Latina who enthusiastically supported Donald Trump on stage in Las Vegas in October 2015 has been deported.

News spread on social media that Myriam Witcher, a Latina Trump supporter who made headlines for enthusiastically showing her admiration for the now-President-elect during a 2015 rally, had been deported.

In a phone interview, Witcher said she’s a U.S. citizen who has not been deported. She still supports Trump.

In 2015, a Colombian website wrote a satirical piece a day after the rally. The piece said Witcher had been ordered deported and would be returning to Colombia.

Journalists have interviewed Witcher on U.S. soil in the past few months, and Witcher did not appear in an online search tool for immigration detainees.

We rated reports of Witcher’s deportation as Pants on Fire!

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Georgia Politics

Trump promises Americans ‘huge tax cut’ for Christmas
Trump promises Americans ‘huge tax cut’ for Christmas

President Donald Trump on Monday promised a tax overhaul by Christmas, a day after the White House signaled its willingness to strike a health care provision from Senate tax legislation if it’s an impediment to passing the tax bill. Speaking before a Cabinet meeting, Trump said: “We’re going to give the American people a huge tax...
President Trump discounts accusations against Roy Moore
President Trump discounts accusations against Roy Moore

President Donald Trump discounted allegations of sexual assault against Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and said Tuesday that voters should not support Moore’s “liberal” rival. Trump addressed the swirling controversy surrounding Moore for the first time since top Republican leaders called on Moore to step aside more than...
Warden for troubled Georgia prison hospital reassigned
Warden for troubled Georgia prison hospital reassigned

The warden who has been in charge at Augusta State Medical Prison for the last 18 months has been reassigned, a signal that state corrections officials want new leadership at the facility as it deals with the sanitation and safety concerns recently brought to light by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Georgia Department of Corrections...
Lawsuit seeks to end Georgia’s restrictions on third-party candidates
Lawsuit seeks to end Georgia’s restrictions on third-party candidates

Georgia’s restrictions on third-party candidates trying to run for the U.S. House of Representatives should be declared unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday by the Libertarian Party of Georgia. No third-party candidate in Georgia has ever collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot for the U.S....
The Left questions the reasons behind deporting Haitians who were here legally
The Left questions the reasons behind deporting Haitians who were here legally

Thousands of Haitians have now lost their Temporary Protected Status, the deportation protection that allowed them to live and work in the United States following the devastating earthquake of 2010. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The New York Daily News: Trump’s decision is not about undocumented immigrants. The...
More Stories