Fact check: Ted Lieu's claims responding to Sarah Sanders

Congressman Ted W. Lieu, who represents California’s 33rd Congressional District in Southern California, wrote a tweet saying some of the claims made by the white house press secretary, Sarah Sanders, are not correct.

Here’s the original Fox News tweet with video of Sanders.

Fox News on Twitter

@PressSec: “It’s hard to argue with the fact that this president has had the most successful two first years of any president in modern history.” @foxandfriends https://t.co/yWmr0cDisj

Here’s Lieu’s response tweet.

Ted Lieu on Twitter

We know @PressSec makes stuff up. Here are some FACTS: Wages have declined Health care costs have risen Corruption increased Deficit exploded Debt got even worse Inflation increased N Korea expanded nuclear fuel But the top 1% did get much richer. So there’s that. https://t.co/UkMU8A6gGE

Claim 1 : 

Wages have declined

Fact check:

This appears to be likely false. Politifact did a fact-check on this. According to their cited statistics, with wages for full-time workers steadily rising throughout Trump’s presidency when adjusted for inflation. Quoting Gary Burtless, a Brookings Institution economist:

I don’t think there’s any evidence I would trust that inflation-adjusted wages have declined noticeably, either over the entire Trump administration or in the period since Congress passed the new tax law,



Politifact did note that one “outlier” study did suggest a drop in wages.

Forbes reported that wages, when adjusted for inflation, have remained roughly steady for 2018 (until July).

Claim 2: 

Health care costs have risen

Fact check:

True. Reuters reports, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services health care spending is expected to climb 5.3% in 2018.

Claim 3:

Deficit exploded

Fact check:

True. As reported in Forbes, this claim is accurate.

The U.S. Treasury published its July Monthly Treasury Statement and it showed that the first 10 months of fiscal 2018’s deficit of $$684 billion has surpassed all of fiscal 2017’s deficit of $666 billion. One of the downsides of Trump’s tax cuts is its impact on the Federal deficit as it is projected to increase to $1 trillion in fiscal 2020 per the Congressional Budget Office.



Claim 4: 

Debt got even worse

Fact check:

True. Statistics from the US Treasury cited by CBS. The national debt was $19.9 trillion when Trump first came into office. Now it is over 21 trillion.

Claim 5: 

Inflation increased

Fact check:

True. Citing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Forbes claims that the Consumer Price Index, a measure of inflation increased to 2.9%, nearly doubling the rate of 1.6% when Trump first got into office.












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