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Fact-checking Trump, Pelosi and Schumer’s White House fight over the border wall, shutdown

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer sparred before news cameras over the effectiveness of a southern border wall, at times fact-checking and speaking over one another. While all three leaders said they wanted border security, there was clearly no consensus over how much money they would set aside for Trump’s barrier. Trump said he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security.” Vice President Mike Pence was there, too, looking on from his seat between Trump and Pelosi in silence.

Fact-checking Trump, Pelosi and Schumer’s White House fight over the border wall, shutdown

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer sparred before news cameras over the effectiveness of a southern border wall, at times fact-checking and speaking over one another. While all three leaders said they wanted border security, there was clearly no consensus over how much money they would set aside for Trump’s barrier. Trump said he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security.” Vice President Mike Pence was there, too, looking on from his seat between Trump and Pelosi in silence.

The Trump file: Trump's 10 top falsehoods of 2018

President Donald Trump has twice garnered PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year “prize.” Readers argued that he was again worthy of the recognition. Readers selected his Pants on Fire comment about Democrats wanting to “invite caravan after caravan” of immigrants into the country with a swath of free benefits and voting privileges as the year’s most outrageous claim.

2018 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results

President Donald Trump’s campaign comments about a caravan of immigrants has won the reader competition for most significant falsehood of 2018. His false statement: “The Democrats want to invite caravan after caravan of illegal aliens into our country. And they want to sign them up for free health care, free welfare, free education, and for the right to vote.” The first runner-up was a claim from Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who said that Russia had never interfered with U.S. elections.  Putin spoke at Trump’s side during a July press conference in Helsinki.

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students

In the days after 17 people were viciously gunned down at a high school in Florida, the state’s Republican governor called for tighter gun laws and President Donald Trump hosted victims’ families in the State Dining Room. The nation seemed steadfast in seeking answers and finding solutions. “It’s not going to be talk like it has been in the past,” Trump said. “It’s been going on too long. Too many instances, and we're going to get it done.” But in the shadows, the internet engine of hoaxes and smears had started.

The Trump file: Trump's 10 top falsehoods of 2018

President Donald Trump has twice garnered PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year “prize.” Readers argued that he was again worthy of the recognition. Readers selected his Pants on Fire comment about Democrats wanting to “invite caravan after caravan” of immigrants into the country with a swath of free benefits and voting privileges as the year’s most outrageous claim.

2018 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results

President Donald Trump’s campaign comments about a caravan of immigrants has won the reader competition for most significant falsehood of 2018. His false statement: “The Democrats want to invite caravan after caravan of illegal aliens into our country. And they want to sign them up for free health care, free welfare, free education, and for the right to vote.” The first runner-up was a claim from Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who said that Russia had never interfered with U.S. elections.  Putin spoke at Trump’s side during a July press conference in Helsinki.

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students

In the days after 17 people were viciously gunned down at a high school in Florida, the state’s Republican governor called for tighter gun laws and President Donald Trump hosted victims’ families in the State Dining Room. The nation seemed steadfast in seeking answers and finding solutions. “It’s not going to be talk like it has been in the past,” Trump said. “It’s been going on too long. Too many instances, and we're going to get it done.” But in the shadows, the internet engine of hoaxes and smears had started.

A look back at Lie of the Year, 2009 to 2017

PolitiFact awards the Lie of the Year to the most significant falsehood or exaggeration of the past 12 months. Here’s a look back at the past nine years of “winners.” 2017: Russian election interference is a 'made-up story' President Donald Trump repeatedly insisted that Russia did not interfere in the U.S. elections of 2016. In fact, in both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election.

A look back at Lie of the Year, 2009 to 2017

PolitiFact awards the Lie of the Year to the most significant falsehood or exaggeration of the past 12 months. Here’s a look back at the past nine years of “winners.” 2017: Russian election interference is a 'made-up story' President Donald Trump repeatedly insisted that Russia did not interfere in the U.S. elections of 2016. In fact, in both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election.

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