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Monday, 17 July 2017 19:17

No, President Trump, you haven't signed more bills than any president

Written by  Glenn Kessler

Despite Trump's claims, several presidents have signed more legislation than he has at this point in their terms. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)

“We’ve signed more bills — and I’m talking about through the legislature — than any president ever.

–President Trump, remarks at a “Made in America” event, July 17, 2017

Shortly after the president made this statement, he amended it: “I better say ‘think,’ otherwise they’ll give you a Pinocchio. And I don’t like those — I don’t like Pinnochios.”

We always appreciate it when politicians acknowledge our Pinocchio ratings. And President Trump has certainly earned his fair share. So, even with his caveat, is he close to correct?

The Facts

When Trump reached the 100-day mark, his staff touted he has signed more bills – 28 — than any president than Harry Truman, who had signed 55. (Trump was way behind Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed 76 bills in his first 100 days. All but one president between 1901 and 1949 also had beaten Trump as well.)

Trump apparently is under the mistaken impression that he’s now ahead of Truman. “For a while, Harry Truman had us. And now, I think we have everybody,” he said.

But actually Trump has not even caught up to Truman’s 100-day total – and he’s fallen behind other recent presidents.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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