US President Donald Trump's claim of slain Iranian general Qasem Soleimani planning to attack US interest has met with worldwide skepticism, triggered by his track record of false and misleading claims.
Trump is famous for his misleading 'Trumpian' claims both on social and mainstream media.
According to the Fact Checker's database of Washington Post, Trump had made 15,413 false or misleading claims in three years of his presidency, which has taken big leaps over the years.
In 2017, he made nearly 1,999 false or misleading claims that rose to 7,688 in 2018, which was doubled by the end of 2019.
In fact, October and November of 2019 rank as the second- and third-biggest months for Trumpian claims. They are exceeded only by October 2018, when Trump barnstormed the country in a desperate — and unsuccessful — effort to thwart a Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives. Both Octobers had more than 1,100 claims, with an average of nearly 40 claims a day.
Trump crossed the 10,000 mark on April 26, 2019. From the start of his presidency, he has averaged nearly 15 such claims a day.
Apparently the US president believes to weather any claim through sheer repetition of easily disproven falsehoods.
For instance, more than 60 times he has claimed that the whistleblower complaint about the call was inaccurate. The report accurately captured the content of Trump's call and many other details have been confirmed.
Eighty times, Trump has claimed his phone call with the Ukrainian president was "perfect," even though it so alarmed other White House officials that several immediately raised private objections.
This is a talking point that even Trump's Republican defenders have trouble repeating.
The president's constant Twitter barrage also adds to his totals. Nearly 20 percent of the false and misleading statements stemmed from his itchy Twitter finger.
Even as Trump's fact-free statements proliferate, there is evidence that his approach is failing.
Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans believe many of his most-common false statements, according to a Washington Post Fact Checker poll published in 2018.
Only among a pool of strong Trump approvers — about 1 in 6 adults in the survey — did large majorities accept several, although not all, of his falsehoods as true.
In a statement posted on Twitter on January 3, the day Soleimani was killed in a targeted US air strike at Baghdad airport, Mr Trump said: "General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more . . . but got caught!"
President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and top military officials have offered similar explanations for targeting Soleimani, citing an "imminent" threat from his plans to carry out what Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley called a "significant campaign of violence" against the US in the coming days, weeks or months.
But questions have continued to make rounds in recent days over the timing, whether the administration fully considered the fallout from such a strike against Soleimani, and if an appropriate legal basis was established for the presidential authorization of lethal force.
Moreover, the differing justification in the statements of the US President Donald Trump and the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have raised doubts. Trump claimed Soleimani was plotting against Americans but Pompeo told CNN the airstrike was designed to prevent an "imminent attack" on American lives in the region.
However, as president of the US, in November of 2016 Trump commented that his use of social media would be "very restrained, if I use it at all".
But in reality, Trump has tweeted for a staggering number of 17,0000 times since 2016.
On the other hand, former US president Barack Obama, on the other hand, tweeted a total of 15,685 times during his presidential tenure of eight years, or two terms. This is 1,315 tweets less and approximately 1,825 days more as the president.
But during his time as a president, he has tweeted for a staggering number of 17,0000 times since 2016.
Besides, he retweeted a good number of controversial or false statements from 217 unverified accounts of which 145 accounts push controversial or fringed content. A couple of dozen such accounts have been suspended by Twitter for administering rumours and falsified news.