Trump pictured with first lady Melania Trump last year upon arrival at Luis Muniz Air National Guard Base to survey damage in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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More than any other president in recent memory, Trump openly embraces shaky numbers to shape his reality.Thursday, Trump's factually challenged tweeting took a new grim turn.Although Trump is far from the only politician to cherry-pick favorable statistics, the president frequently engages in wholesale distortion, manipulating numbers to score a political point and leaving aides to clean up the mess. His questionable claims have addressed the success of the economy, the number of illegal voters in the 2016 election, the size of his inaugural crowd and much more.Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, acknowledged that Trump was incorrect and said he wasn't sure where the president received his information.White House aides did little to explain the president's tweets other than to suggest that Trump was marking the lower death total that was known when he visited the island two weeks after the storm hit.Trump, who lost the 2016 popular vote to Hillary Clinton but won the electoral college, pushed the theory soon after his election that 3 million or more votes were illegally cast by noncitizens, an idea first floated in a series of tweets by Gregg Phillips, a little-known conservative activist.Spicer also infamously claimed that more people attended Trump's inauguration than President Barack Obama's swearing-in, a claim disproven by visual evidence.
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