Following tension-filled interactions at the NATO and G-7 summits, President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been engaging in something of a war of words. For instance, Merkel said at a May 28 campaign event, "The times in wh
Some veterans and loved ones of fallen military members wish the holiday that honors more than 1 million people who died serving their country would command more respect.
How does President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reach a balance in 10 years, as the administration says it will? With 3 percent economic growth, says Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. How does Trump pla
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Trump goes a bit overboard with icebreaker claim President Donald Trump told new graduates of the Coast Guard Academy that his administration is working hard to make the military branch’s job easier. In his
How to make sense of Michael Flynn's contradictions? He was one of the most distinguished military intelligence officers in a generation. Now he’s the shortest-lived national security adviser in American history after loose-lipped talk with t
Q: Did President Trump sign an executive order making it legal to hunt bald eagles? A: No. That bogus story was published by a fake news website. FULL QUESTION Did Trump OK hunting bald eagles? FULL ANSWER Don’t be fooled by the “AP”
The soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for giving classified materials to WikiLeaks says she's excited to see what comes next.
Summary Donald Trump — whom we crowned the “King of Whoppers” when he was a long-shot candidate in 2015 — has held true to form during his first 100 days as president of the United States. In his first hour as president, he pain
Summary As a candidate, Donald Trump issued a “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” It contained 28 promises, and Trump says he is “mostly there on most items.” But is he? Our review of his action plan found he has kept som
Facing the prospect of a possible government shutdown, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to attack Democrats who he says are to blame. "I promise to rebuild our military and secure our border. Democrats want to shut down the governme
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an apples-to-oranges comparison when he said he couldn’t understand why Democrats opposed supplemental funding for a border wall since many of them were for it back in 2006. Mulv
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Did terrorism not exist before NATO was created, as Donald Trump said? President Donald Trump has needled NATO, the 68-year-old military alliance, as an anachronistic vestige of the Cold War with a low-energy
“John Is My Heart” Essay Written By Frank Schaeffer for the Washington Post-Correct Attribution! Summary of eRumor: Author John Schaeffer penned an essay titled “John is My Heart” for the Washington Post that describes how h
New York Pizzeria Denies Service to Veteran John Welch, His Service Dog-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A servicemember named John Welch was denied service at Villagio’s Pizzeria in Massapequa Park, New York, because he was accompanied by his se
A photograph from a television shoot was used to falsely claim Villaggio's in Massapequa, New York shunned a military member because he visited with a service dog.
Benton is the first person leading the agency who has never served in the military.
The United States dropped "the mother of all bombs" on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan on April 13. Discussion of the non-nuclear bomb’s sheer size has drowned out what actually happened, though we don’t have a lot of detai
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has apologized profusely for his much-criticized comparison of Syria’s Bashar Assad to Adolf Hitler, but his clarification that he meant Hitler did not drop chemical bombs from airplanes requires some histo
Comparing Trump Travel Expenses to Obama Travel Expenses-Disputed! Summary of eRumor: President Trump’s frequent weekend visits to his Mar-a-Lago in Florida cost taxpayers $3 million a pop, and President Trump outspent two years of President Obam
A bit of military satire involving involving United Airlines and Syria was mistaken for real news on social media.
A fake news article reported that the private real estate company had won a lucrative contract to rebuild a military airfield that had been bombed by the United States.
Hillary Clinton Supplied Chemical Weapons to Syria-Reported as Fiction! The Truth: Hillary Clinton supplied chemical weapons to Syria during her time as secretary of state, and those chemical weapons were either used by Syrian President Bashar al-Ass
In this video, CNN’s Jake Tapper looks at President Donald Trump’s recent criticism of President Barack Obama’s response in 2013 to a chemical weapons attack in Syria. In an April 5 press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Trump wa
Sen. Mitch McConnell revised history when explaining why he supported President Trump’s missile strike on Syria but opposed President Obama’s call for a targeted strike against Syria after a chemical weapons incident in 2013. McConnell, the
Reports that Donald Trump said that he plans to reinstate a military draft in the U.S. originated with a fake news site.
Some Democrat and Republican lawmakers are criticizing President Donald Trump for carrying out airstrikes in Syria without getting Congress’ approval first. The United States launched nearly 60 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield April 6, reacti
Two days after a chemical weapons attack in Syria killed more than 80 people, including children, President Donald Trump ordered a military airstrike on the Syrian airfield from where U.S. officials say the chemical attack launched. The intervention by
Dozens of missiles were deployed against a military airfield in an abrupt policy change by the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump said the Obama administration “had a great opportunity to solve” the crisis in Syria when Obama set a “red line” for military intervention. But when Obama didn’t launch such intervention, “I th
History of the Car Radio-Truth! & Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A “History of the care Radio” commentary states that two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering developed the first car radio after one of their girlfriends suggest
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Are Mexican drug cartels working with 100,000 street gang members in Chicago? Echoing President Donald Trump’s views on criminal activity in the United States, the top executive with the National Rifle Asso
While correcting President Donald Trump’s tweet about Guantanamo Bay detainees who have returned to the battlefield, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer incorrectly claimed that in contrast to the detainees transferred or released by the Obam
President Donald Trump wrongly tweeted that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield.” Actually, it’s only nine former detainees. The other 113 were released under President George
As promised, "bad dudes" are getting kicked out of the country, President Donald Trump told manufacturing CEOs at a recent meeting. "You see what’s happening at the border, all of a sudden for the first time, we’re getting ga
The lasting image from President Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress was that of widow Carryn Owens, crying as Trump honored her late husband, Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, with an extended standing ovation. Trump cast as a succes
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump wrongly claims historic defense increase In his address to Congress, President Donald Trump said his budget "calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.&
Summary In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump stuck closely to his prepared remarks, but ran afoul of the facts in some cases. Trump said the U.S. has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East and “with this $6 t
President Donald Trump told the nation’s governors that his first budget would include “a historic increase in defense spending.” But defense experts say that’s not the case. For fiscal year 2018, Trump has proposed a 9.4 percen
President Donald Trump promised to deliver "a message of unity and strength" that came from deep in his heart in his first address to a joint session of Congress. As is often the case with such addresses, Trump’s Feb. 28 speech included
George Soros Arrested, Charged with Hate Crimes-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: George Soros has been arrested on charges of hate crimes against America, but the main stream media has refused to report on Soros’ arrest. The Truth: Claims that George