FACT CHECK: 3 Claims From Trump’s Minnesota Rally
President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Minnesota Wednesday night where he touted recent accomplishments by his administration.
Here are three checks on his claims.
Claim 1: Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy was a competitive lumberjack. “Great champion. You know, the – you know, the whole thing going up the trees and down the trees. Number one in the world for four or five years.”
In a former life, Duffy raced up 90-foot wooden poles with no equipment other than spiked boots and rope. “It’s kind of like the bull riding of the rodeo,” Duffy told CNN. “It’s one of the most exciting sports in lumberjacking.”
Duffy is a five-time world champion in speed climbing, according to the Hudson Star-Observer, and at one point he held a world-record time in the event.
Timber sports include events like pole climbing, ax throwing and log rolling.
Duffy is also known for having been a contestant on MTV’s “The Real World” back in 1997.
Claim 2: On North Korea, “We got back our great fallen heroes – the remains. In fact, today, already, 200 have been sent back.”
North Korea has agreed to send back the remains of service members who died during the Korean War. The number could be as high as 200 troops.
“We owe a profound debt of gratitude to U.S. service members who gave their lives in service to their country, and we are working diligently to bring them home,” Col. Chad Carroll, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Korea, told The Washington Post.
U.S. military officials have not confirmed whether the remains have, as of yet, changed hands. Officials said before the rally that a firm date for the transfer had not been set, but that it could happen any day now. We reached out to the White House, but did not receive a response by press time.
Nearly 7,700 troops from the Korean War are unaccounted for, of whom 5,300 are thought to be located within North Korea.
Claim 3: “Unemployment among women has reached the lowest level, as of today, in 65 years – 65 years.”
The unemployment rate for women dropped to 3.6 percent in May, the lowest rate since October 1953. Unemployment has fallen steadily since it reached a post-recession high in 2010.
Only a third of women were part of the workforce in 1953, compared with 57 percent today.
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