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Fact check: Was Trump's father born in Germany? Fact check: Was Trump's father born in Germany?
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It's not a fact that he's confusing his father with his grandfather but it's probably true It's not a fact that he's confusing his father with his grandfather but it's probably true
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In a press conference with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, the US President claimed that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly5hNFgJvUQ">his father was born in Germany</a>, while admonishing Germany for "not paying its fair share" in defence spending. In a press conference with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, the US President claimed that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly5hNFgJvUQ">his father was born in Germany</a>, while admonishing Germany for "not paying its fair share" in defence spending.
“I have great respect for Angela and I have great respect for the country,” said Trump. “My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany so I have a very great feeling for Germany.” “I have great respect for Angela and I have great respect for the country,” said Trump. “My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany so I have a very great feeling for Germany.”
<strong>Claim: </strong> <strong>Claim: </strong>
"My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany so I have a very great feeling for Germany."  "My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany so I have a very great feeling for Germany."
<strong>Fact Check: False</strong> <strong>Fact Check: False</strong>
This is not the case. Mr.Trump is most likely confusing his father with his grandfather. According to <a href="http://mediasvc.ancestry.com/v2/image/namespaces/1093/media/af83bf5e-4670-4fe7-bb40-7f33f37127f0.jpg?client=Trees">US immigration records</a>, Friedrich Trumpf (later known as Frederick Trump) arrived in the US from his native Germany in 1885 at 16. His son (Trump's father), Fred Trump, was born in the Bronx, New York in 1905. This is not the case. Mr.Trump is most likely confusing his father with his grandfather. According to <a href="http://mediasvc.ancestry.com/v2/image/namespaces/1093/media/af83bf5e-4670-4fe7-bb40-7f33f37127f0.jpg?client=Trees">US immigration records</a>, Friedrich Trumpf (later known as Frederick Trump) arrived in the US from his native Germany in 1885 at 16. His son (Trump's father), Fred Trump, was born in the Bronx, New York in 1905.
Trump's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born in Europe. She acquired the American nationality in 1942, twelve years after leaving her native Scotland for the US. According to a compilation of the president's remarks by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed, it's at least the fourth time President Trump has falsely stated where his parents were born. Trump's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born in Europe. She acquired the American nationality in 1942, twelve years after leaving her native Scotland for the US. According to a compilation of the president's remarks by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed, it's at least the fourth time President Trump has falsely stated where his parents were born.
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