Two years after taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump has made 8,158 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker's database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.
That includes an astonishing 6,000-plus such claims in the president's second year.
Put another way: The president averaged nearly 5.9 false or misleading claims a day in his first year in office. But he hit nearly 16.5 a day in his second year, almost triple the pace.
The Washington Post started this project as part of its coverage of the president's first 100 days, largely because it could not possibly keep up with the pace and volume of the president's misstatements. Readers demanded the Post keep it going for the rest of Trump's presidency.
The Associated Press, in the interest of accuracy and clarity, also publishes fact checks of Trump's claims within news articles and separately throughout the week, with a weekly roundup of his and other lawmakers' inaccurate statements.
In the president's first 100 days, he made 492 unsupported claims. He managed to top that number just in the first three weeks of 2019. In October, as he was barnstorming the country in advance of the midterm elections, he made more than 1,200 false or misleading claims.
Not surprisingly, the biggest source of misleading claims is immigration, with a tally that has grown with the addition of 300 immigration claims in the past three weeks, for a total of 1,433.
In the president's immigration address Saturday, the last day of his second year in office, the Post Fact-Checker counted 12 false or misleading claims, including:
• "Heroin alone kills 300 Americans a week, 90 percent of which comes across our southern border."
The 300-a-week number checks out. But while 90 percent of the heroin sold in the U.S. comes from Mexico, virtually all of it comes through legal points of entry, the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a 2018 report. So Trump's wall would do little to halt drug trafficking.
• "However, the whole concept of having lengthy trials, for anyone who sets one foot in our country unlawfully, must be changed by Congress. It is unsustainable. It is ridiculous. Few places in the world would even consider such an impossible nightmare."
Trump is routinely astonished by U.S. and international laws on asylum. This is how it works in any country that abides by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees: A refugee enters and makes a petition, and the government makes a ruling after analyzing the facts. It's also worth noting that 85 percent of all deportations in the U.S. are ordered quickly, without a hearing before a judge.
• "If we build a powerful and fully designed see-through steel barrier on our southern border, the crime rate and drug problem in our country would be quickly and greatly reduced. Some say it could be cut in half."
Trump's statement that a border wall would cut the nation's crime rate — and "drug problem" — in half is simply laughable. There is no evidence to suggest that. Most immigrants without documentation do not illegally cross the southern border, immigrants here illegally do not commit crimes at a rate higher than U.S. citizens, and drugs flow through the border mostly through legal crossing points.
Days with no lies
By The Fact Checker's count, there were only 82 days — or about 11 percent of the time — on which it recorded no claims. These were often days when the president golfed.
But there were also 74 days, or about 10 percent of his presidency, in which Trump made over 30 claims. These were often days when he held campaign-style rallies.
Ranking of claims
False or misleading claims about foreign policy (900) and trade (854) rank second and third, followed by claims about the economy (790) and jobs (755). But there's also a grab-bag category of "miscellaneous" (899), which includes misleading attacks on the media or people the president perceives as enemies.
Trump has made many misleading claims about the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, claiming 192 times a variation of the statement that it was a hoax perpetuated by Democrats.
But the CIA, the FBI and the National Security Agency had announced that they had "high confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the election, with a clear preference for Trump. And special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed by Trump's Justice Department.
Trump repeated 127 times the falsehood about securing the biggest tax cut in U.S. history, even though Treasury Department data shows it would rank eighth.