Updated Jun 27, 2019

Axios fact check: Trump campaign's tweets on the Dems' debate

President Trump and the lineup of the Democratic debate. Photos: Jim Watson/Getty Images

From the Trump War Room on the president's record on gun control:

“FACT: President Trump signed bipartisan legislation to improve the federal firearm background check system and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. #DemDebate.”

Details: Trump signed a bill into law in 2017 that rolled back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.

The Justice Department issued a ban in March on bump stocks, which enabled the Las Vegas shooter to create a semi-automatic firearm. However, Trump has threatened to veto two bills pending in Congress. The House passed separate measures, one to strengthen background checks and the other lengthening the background check review from three to 10 days.

Director of communications Tim Murtaugh on the Green New Deal:

"In case you're keeping score at home, the $93 trillion price tag of the Green New Deal is more than the combined Gross Domestic Product of every nation on Earth."

Details: The total GDP for all economies is $87.27 trillion, according to the International Monetary Fund.

  • The Green New Deal has been touted as a manifesto with no estimated costs. The $93 trillion comes from a study from a conservative think tank and is based on speculative analysis on the costs, given the absence of policy specifics in the GND resolution.

Director of Strategic Communications Marc Lotter:

“Democrats UNANIMOUS in getting back into IRAN deal that sent pallets of cash to the largest state sponsor of terror in the world and provided a road map for Iran to have nuclear weapon. BAD FOR ISRAEL!"

Details: Sen. Cory Booker is opposed to the United States returning to a nuclear deal with Iran.

  • The $1.7 billion returned to Iran was money the U.S owed the country for military equipment Iran never received “because relations ruptured when the shah was overthrown in 1979,” AP reports.
  • The Iran Nuclear Deal limited Iran's uranium enrichment to 3.67%, enough for power plants and peaceful purposes but not for nuclear weapons.
  • The State Department’s “Country Reports on Terrorism” identifies Iran as the leading state sponsor of terrorism with a “near-global reach.”
  • Israel has expressed concern about how the U.S. is dealing with Iran.

Lotter tweeted on the economy:

The economy is working under @realDonaldTrump:

  • 6,000,000 new jobs
  • Paychecks rising fastest in 10 years
  • Paychecks growing faster for lower income workers
  • Lowest unemployment in nearly 50 years
  • 1,600,000 more available jobs than unemployed

Reality check: The economy added 5.1 million jobs since Trump has been in the Oval Office, not the 6 million Lotter claims.

Economic growth quickened, but not as much as Trump promised. The average weekly earnings of all private-sector workers, adjusted for inflation, rose 2.6% during Trump’s first 23 months, after going up 3.9% during the previous four years.

On unemployment, Lotter is correct. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded unemployment in January 1969 at 3.4%. The unemployment rate for May 2019 was 3.6%.

The BLS also reported that over the 12 months ending in April, hires totaled 69.6 million and job separations totaled 66.8 million, yielding a net employment gain of 2.8 million.

Campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Sen. Cory Booker for saying during the Democratic debate that small businesses are suffering under the Trump administration:

"Another lie at the #DemDebate! Cory Booker says small businesses are suffering. Meanwhile, small business confidence has hit a RECORD HIGH under @realDonaldTrump!"

Reality check: Optimism from small businesses has been up since the new year and has continued to rise according to data by the right-leaning National Federation of Independent Business.

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In less than a month, the Federal Reserve has unleashed a multi-trillion dollar tour de force to buoy the U.S. economy against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why it matters: While it has steadied the markets, the Fed is poorly equipped to offset the hit being absorbed by small business owners and the close to 17 million Americans who have filed for unemployment in just the past three weeks.

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Automakers lay out back-to-work playbook for coronavirus pandemic

Magna employees in China adapting to a new normal at work. Images courtesy of Magna

The auto industry is sharing detailed return-to-work guidelines on how to shield employees from the coronavirus as it prepares to reopen its own factories in the coming weeks.

Why it matters: We might not shake hands again, but sooner or later, most of us will return to our jobs, whether in a factory, office or public venue within close proximity of others. Reestablishing an environment where employees feel comfortable and can remain healthy will be a daunting challenge for every employer.