GRANITE CITY, Ill. – President Trump spoke for nearly an hour and focused much of his speech on what he viewed as the economic benefits of establishing tariffs, which made it possible for U.S. Steel to reopen their facility.
We decided to focus on three specific quotes from his speech.
President Trump singled out Granite City as an example that his 25 percent tariff on foreign steel is creating jobs at a faster rate than anyone expected.
“US Steel announced it was restarting production right here in Granite City and bringing back far more than the original estimate of 500 jobs. A lot higher than that now," the president said.
On March 7, U.S. Steel announced they would reopen at least one furnace in Granite City, hiring 500 workers to start.
June 5, another news release from U.S. Steel announced they would be opening their second furnace as well, bringing with it another 300 jobs.
Therefore, we are able to verify, that is true. U.S. Steel brought back more jobs than they originally anticipated.
Later in the speech, the president reminded the crowd of his 2016 election victory.
"But I did win that women’s vote, didn't I? Remember? Remember they said why would women vote for Trump? Well I don’t know but I got more than she did," said President Trump.
According to the Pew Research Center, President Trump won a majority of votes cast by white women, but not women overall.
Pew found that women preferred Hillary Clinton by a margin of 54 percent to 42 percent.
Maybe it was a misstatement or just confusion, either way, we can verify that statement by the president is not true.
Finally, the claim the president has made several times over the last few months.
"We are having the best economy we’ve ever had in the history of our country," President Trump told the crowd.
That statement is pretty hard to back up, considering all the factors that play into the economy. Economists say the President does deserve credit. Unemployment is at the lowest point it's been in two decades.
The problem, the labor force participation rate, aka people actively looking for a job, is also down considerably, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Federal Reserve also shows wage growth has actually decreased since President Trump took office.
There are a lot of numbers you can look at, but our partners at the AP point out, economic levels right now are nowhere close to the roaring Twenties, the wartime boom of the Forties, and even the Nineties.
So, we can also verify, this is not true.