Analysis | Fact-checking Trump’s knocks at Obama in his Fox town hall

Analysis | Fact-checking Trump’s knocks at Obama in his Fox town hall
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But the president’s favorite foil is his predecessor, Barack Obama. Anything Obama did is inherently suspect, in Trump’s telling, and anything Trump has done is surely superior.

We’ve also covered many of these in the past, such as his attacks on Obama’s successful handling of the swine flu pandemic. But here are two repeated claims that we have not had the opportunity to unravel previously. We will deal with them quickly in this roundup, so we won’t be awarding Pinocchios.

“Medically, we had empty cupboards. The cupboards — I say, the cupboards were empty.”

This talking point emerged in April, with Trump often saying “the cupboard was bare,” referring to the Strategic National Stockpile, a repository of emergency medicines and supplies created in 1999 in case of…



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