Top 10 Lies President Donald Trump Has Told Since Taking Office

Donald Trump was a historically dishonest presidential candidate. He was such a compulsive liar that he denied making his "that makes me smart" comment the very day he said it... on national television... in front of a viewing audience of 80,000,000 people.

Given his chronic aversion to the truth or his glorious opinion of himself that far exceeds the bounds of facts and reason, it is of little surprise that Trump continued his lying ways as President-Elect claiming that he won in a landslide and that "millions of people voted illegally" - two claims that have zero basis in fact. Now, as the official 45th President of the United States, Trump has made it clear that President Trump is the same honesty challenged man as was citizen Trump. So much so, that in less than a week after he took office, the administration itself has offered up a new term in a feeble attempt to explain Trump administration lies, "alternative facts".

It's still very early in the Trump presidency, and this list is bound to grow, but to get started here are the top 10 lies publicly told by President Donald Trump. Feel free to add more as they come across the wire.

The Top Ten Lies President Donald Trump Has Told Since Taking Office

1 On January 23rd, Trump stated during a meeting with congressional leaders that he lost the popular vote because three to five million unauthorized immigrants voted for Clinton.

This is a lie that Trump has been saying for months, but it still counts because he told it again after officially becoming president. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud and the 3 to 5 million number has no basis in reality. It's yet another lie Trump tells to massage his delicate ego. - covenste

Of course there's no evidence considering you do not need to show voter ID when voting in certain areas. - CameronBinder

I was kinda neutral on Trump, but these lies make me dislike him more. Part of being a good president is to be honest. I know he may have changed his mind, but still, he should be very careful on what he says he is going to do or what happened because he is a president.

I just can't understand why you people tolerate this kind of behaviour. He is a cold blooded lier and that's all. In my opinion, Trump disgraces the presidency. I really hope that Americans would be more aware of the fact that Asians and Europeans for example think he's an arrogant schmuck - nothing else, loud, arrogant schmuck.

I have no idea where he gets his "alternative" facts from; anyone have a source?

2 About the inauguration crowd, "The field was… It looked like a million, a million and a half people. Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument."

Screw you Trump. Obama out.

What the hell

Uh, no it didn't extend to the Monument. Photos of the event clearly show large sections of empty space. And while Trump's inability to estimate a crowd size may not be a lie, overstating it 4 times or more is blatant disregard for the truth. Perhaps this is why Administration spokesmen who touted Trump's ridiculous claims have since tried to frame them as "alternative facts" and then simply resigned to saying that the crowd size that Trump spent so much effort talking about is "not so important". - covenste

It was roughly was a million. - Therandom

3 "Never has there been a president... with few exceptions... who's passed more legislation, who's done more things than I have."

At the time of the comment, Trump hasn't had ANY legislation passed into law despite the fact that his party had control of both the House and the Senate. There hasn't been ANY major legislation passed since he came into office. The health care legislation he promised is stalled in the Senate, no tax reform legislation has been written, and the border wall remains un-funded. The only way Trump has done more than any other President is if he is actually guilty of all the obstruction, collusion, corruption, and other treasonous things people have accused him of.

In order to make such a laughable claim, is President Trump a) delusional, b) ignorant, c) an idiot, or d) all of the above. - covenste

Oh yeah sure Mr. Trump. Yeah you totally fixed the debt and created billions of new jobs even though YOU haven't EVEN TAKEN OFFICE AS OF THE TIME YOU CLAIMED THIS! Actually I take back the job thing. He's created hundreds of new jobs in this country because hundreds of people moved to CANADA

4 "How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"

How awkward, it took a few years to surface, but this one turns out to be true.

Trump never showed a hint of embarrassment or remorse about this blatant lie. This makes me wonder whether the man actually believes the lies he dumps out there. Is he that stupid or is he simply a first-rate ass wipe?

5 "The murder rate in our country is the highest it's been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? 47 years."

The numbers don't lie, Trump does. It's the same old lie he's been saying since early in his campaign despite the numerous fact checkers who keep pointing out how false it is. This is willful disregard for the truth. A lie he keeps saying knowing full well it is a lie. - covenste

You cannot deny they are really high. - Therandom

Compared to what? Other first world nations, yeah, the rate is really high. Compared to previous years in the U.S., murder rates during the Obama presidency were among the lowest in the last 50 years. - covenste

6 "You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism."

Almost as bad as Bush's 'Fool me once' speech. - truckturner

That's false. Back in the early 20th century, the Ottoman Empire (not turk by the way) had a nationalist violent terrorist group and more terrorism groups existed back then. - TeamRocket747

7 "It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country."

Trump posted this only 19 days into his Presidency. Obama didn't have his final cabinet member confirmed until day 99. - covenste

8 "We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world."
9 About his 'Muslim Ban', "My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months."

It has some similarities, he didn't say they are the same. - Therandom

No, they're not even close. Obama's policy applied to a specific group of people, refugees and Special Immigrant Visa applicants from Iraq, and it was not a "ban" as Trump falsely claims. It was a throttling of the number of people in this group allowed to enter the country while screening procedures were being updated. People in this group were still allowed into the country, but at a slower rate than usual.

Trump's policy prevents millions of people from seven countries from obtaining nearly every type of available visa. - covenste

I never said anything about racism. Never even weighed in on whether or not the ban is a good thing. You're arguing the wrong points. I explained how the ban is not the same as Obama's policy, corrected your factual error (which you then edited in your comment), and then pointed out that the "Muslim ban" language (still a ban even if it is temporary) comes from Trump himself. No chill needed. - covenste

10 "The massive TAX CUTS/REFORM that I have submitted is moving along in the process very well, actually ahead of schedule. Big benefits to all!"

As of the time of the comment, Trump had not submitted anything. - covenste

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11 About the rain at the inauguration, "I got hit by a couple of drops. And I said, ‘Oh, this is, this is too bad, but we’ll go right through it.’ But the truth is that it stopped immediately. It was amazing. And then it became really sunny."

Same lie again. Another failed attempt to rewrite history. - covenste

Peter Griffin: Oh my GOD, who the HELL CARES? - DCfnaf

Wow, somebody must seriously be tense. I think you need a back massage and maybe a comfort dog as well as hot cocoa. Maybe be wrapped up in a blanket as well. You're acting like a tiny little lie = possible big political lie. If I lied and said that I was 29, would that mean that I'd also lie and say that Hitler didn't deserve to die? No. No I wouldn't. - DCfnaf

Who cares? It's rain, no one cares. - Therandom

Oh no! What a mean nasty lie! He clearly can't be trusted! - Puga

12 "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created."

The exact opposite - ihatetrump

13 About the inauguration crowd, "Even the media said the crowd was massive. That was all the way back down to the Washington Monument."

In truth, the major media outlets said the exact opposite prompting Trump to stand in front of the CIA's memorial wall and, instead of take the opportunity to attempt to mend fences with the agency, use his pulpit to talk about his "running war" with the media who he hypocritically stated are "among the most dishonest human beings on earth." - covenste

14 About his inauguration, "I looked at the rain, which just never came, you know, we finished the speech, went inside, it poured then we came outside... then, amazingly it rained - like God was looking down on us."

In truth, it started to rain at the start of his speech. Perhaps Trump's divine comments were accurate. - covenste

Really? Because he didn't exactly say what the weather was like? - Therandom

15 "I have been on their cover, like, 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of 'Time' magazine... I've been on it for 15 times this year. I don’t think that's a record, Mike, that can ever be broken."

Trump has been on the cover 11 times, not 15. As for it being a record, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Trump's 11 appearances is dwarfed by Richard Nixon's 55. - covenste

16 "I guess it’s the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan"
17 "I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College!"

Truth... Since the 1870s, every Republican president except for George W. Bush and Richard Nixon (in 1968) has won a bigger share of the Electoral College than Trump did.

18 "Look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, a very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech. They weren’t shot at the speech. But they were shot in the city of Chicago during his speech."

Given the ASTRONOMICAL murder rate in Chicago, it's understandable if he mistakenly cited a rare day when there were no murders, as the city averages multiple per day; 2 daily in 2016.

This is not a case of being mistaken or making an observation based on statistics and probabilities. This is a complete fabrication of events, namely the shooting deaths of two people within a 50 minute time frame on January 10, 2017, in order to further an agenda. The relative believability of the lie does not make it any less of a lie. - covenste

Chicago Police say this is not true. They said there were no people killed by gun violence on January 10th, the day of the speech, let alone while Obama was delivering the speech. - covenste

Since there are so many murders there, he may have mixed this up with another speech. - Therandom

19 During a press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump claimed he was in Scotland the day before the "Brexit" vote last June and predicted the EU referendum would pass

Trump tried to change history in order to make himself look better and to again take a shot at the press. He claimed he was at Turnbury the day before Brexit happened and said "Brexit is going to happen". He went on to say, "and I was scorned in the press for making that prediction, I was scorned. Lo and behold the following day it happened and the odds weren’t looking good for me when I made that statement because as you remember everyone thought it wasn’t going to happen."

The truth... Trump arrived in Scotland the day after the referendum when the result was already clear. - covenste

20 "As you know, I approved two pipelines that were stuck in limbo forever. I don’t even think it was controversial. You know, I approved them."

He has approved the Dakota Access pipeline. As of the time he said the quote, the Keystone XL from Alberta had not been approved. - covenste

21 "The Cuban-Americans - I got 84 percent of that vote, and they voted in big numbers."

He got a little more than 50%. - covenste

22 "I went to Kentucky two nights ago, we had 25,000 people in a massive Basketball Arena."

The capacity of the arena in question is about 18,000.

23 "And nobody even knows where the (Green Climate Fund) money is going to. Nobody has been able to say, where is it going to?"

Go to the Fund's website and click "Browse Projects". That's where the money is going. Just because Donald Trump doesn't know doesn't mean nobody knows. As time goes by, it becomes more and more apparent there are a lot of things people know that are a mystery to President Trump. - covenste

24 "Assad used Chemical Weapons"
25 "The president of Mexico and myself have agreed to cancel our planned meeting scheduled for next week... I want to go a different route."

Hours before Trump posted the above on Twitter, Pena Nieto had already Tweeted that he had called the White House to cancel the meeting. - covenste

How is this a lie? They agreed to cancel. - Therandom

Nieto cancelled on Trump. It was not a mutual decision and it wasn't because Trump wanted to go a different route. - covenste

26 Said that Philadelphia’s murder rate is "steady, I mean just terribly increasing."

The number of murders in the city decreased slightly from 2015 to 2016. The murder rate over the last ten years dropped by 41%. - covenste

27 About the chaos caused by his executive order, "Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer."

Protesters did not affect the arrival of planes to the airports and did not impact the customs process. The Delta outage did not happen until 2 days after the order. Yet another lie in a feeble attempt to put the blame on others. - covenste

28 "Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave'service' in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!"

Cuomo literally brought up the topic in the very first question of the interview. Can we please get some intern to fact check these Tweets before they go out? This is beyond embarrassing. - covenste

29 "We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban; we had a bad court."

A very smooth rollout? But what about the "big problems at airports" Trump Tweeted about? - covenste

30 "Because we shouldn’t have been in Iraq but we shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out. It created a vacuum, ISIS was formed."

The U.S. withdrew troops from Iraq in 2011. The Islamic State existed in 2006 while George Bush was President. The U.S. leaving Iraq did not lead to the formation of ISIS. - covenste

31 "The failing @nytimes was forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win."

Wasn't "forced" to and didn't. - covenste

32 "I have already saved more than $700 million when I got involved in the negotiation on the F-35. You know about that."

Nope. The price cut was already in the works. Trump is just trying to take credit. - covenste

33 "I’ve been against the war in Iraq from the beginning."

He said it again on February 5th, so it counts. - covenste

34 "'Trump taps first woman to CIA second in command'."

Trump republished the incorrect headline on Twitter so he gets credit. Obama was actually the first to do so. - covenste

35 "Smart! 'Kuwait issues its own Trump-esque visa ban for five Muslim-majority countries.'"

No, they didn't. - covenste

36 "Obama said that they were going to take probably well over 1,000 illegal immigrants who were in prisons, and they were going to bring them and take them into this country. And I just said, ‘Why?’…1,250. It could be 2,000, it could be more"
37 "Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia."

1,250 is not "thousands". Refugees the president agrees to let into the nation are not "illegal immigrants". - covenste

38 "Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a lifeline in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion."

Iran wasn't on its last legs and it wasn't $150 billion. - covenste

39 "I don’t watch CNN."

His Tweeting about CNN programming indicates otherwise. See Chris Cuomo. - covenste

40 "Thr coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost gas been so false and angry that the times actually apologized to its dwindling subscribers and readers."

No apology was made and The Times subscriber base added an average of 100,000 subscribers a month each of the last three months of 2016.

(FYI the typos in the quote are Trump's) - covenste

41 "And a wall protects. All you have to do is ask Israel. They were having a total disaster coming across and they had a wall. It’s 99.9 percent stoppage."

That 99.9 statistic has no basis in reality. - covenste

42 "I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!"

A good lawyer did make that case. The term "tapping" is old tech, but spying did happen.

43 "When WikiLeaks came out... never heard of WikiLeaks, never heard of it."

Trump described WikiLeaks as "disgraceful" in a 2010 interview.

44 "Chris Wallace, look back during the Army-Navy football game, I did his show that morning. It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had."

It was not the highest ever for the show and it was 6.9 million fewer than Trump claims.

45 "The New York Times said the word ‘wiretapped’ in the headline of the first edition. Then they took it out of there fast when they realized."

No they didn't.

46 "You know, there was very large infrastructure bill that was approved during the Obama administration, a trillion dollars, nobody ever saw anything being built. I mean, to this day, I haven’t heard of anything that’s been built."

There was no trillion dollar infrastructure bill. The $787 billion bill passed in 2009 was intended to stimulate the economy by funding a variety of initiatives. Only an estimated 10% of the money went to infrastructure.

47 "Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just … I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good." (about the expression "prime the pump")
48 "The United States, under the Trump administration, will continue to be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on Earth."

Can't continue to be something you're not in the first place. - covenste

49 "Our tax bill is moving along in Congress, and I believe it’s doing very well."

As of the time of the comment, there was no tax bill in Congress and no tax reform legislation had even been written. - covenste

50 "The Green (Climate) Fund would likely obligate the United States to commit potentially tens of billions of dollars."

The fund doesn't "obligate" the U.S. to do anything. Contributions are voluntary. - covenste

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