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PolitiFact Wisconsin: President Trump's claims on the economy

Posted at 6:33 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 19:33:08-04

President Donald Trump played up his record on the economy at a rally in Green Bay over the weekend.

PolitiFact Wisconsin puts a couple of claims thru the 'Truth-O-Meter'.

"When Donald Trump was in the state last weekend in Green Bay, he made a lot of claims about how well the economy is doing including how low the poverty level is here in Wisconsin," Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said. "The claim he made was that the poverty level is the lowest it has been in 22 years."

PolitiFact Wisconsin says the poverty rate has fluctuated over time with some years of improvement.

"The current poverty level per family is about 6.1%," Borowski said. "That is the lowest since 2002, but that's just 15 years and the president said it was 22 years."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this claim 'False'.

What about trade with China?

"The claim we looked at was when he (President Trump) said that China has a $500 billion dollar advantage on us each year when it comes to trade," Borowski said. "He stated it as we practically rebuilt China by giving them so much money in this trade imbalance."

PolitiFact Wisconsin says the president is correct, the U.S. has been on the losing end of trade with China but his numbers are off.

"The trade deficit for 2018, the most recent year available, was $419 billion, not $500 billion."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this claim 'Mostly False'.