A fact check by The Associated Press determined on Monday that Americans should not turn to their president as a source of information during terrorist attacks and other times of crisis around the world.
“President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad,” AP states.
The news service examined Trump’s reaction to the recent terrorist attacks in London and a deadly attack in the Philippines, and determined that Trump either got facts wrong or jumped to conclusions before details of the cases emerged.
AP noted that Trump had reacted to the attacks in London by tweeting, “We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”
Members of the Trump administration, including Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, have repeatedly stated that the effort to restrict the travel of Muslims is “not a ban.”
In another tweet, Trump blasted London Mayor Sadiq Khan for telling Londoners that there “is no reason to be alarmed” after at least seven were killed. But in fact, Khan’s quote, in full context, was assuring people that there was “no reason to be alarmed” if they see armed policemen on the streets.
Trump also connected a recent attack in Manila to “what’s going on throughout the world with terror.” The attack was later determined to be a robbery, not terrorism.
The AP went on to fact check eight more troubling statements made by the president in recent days. Read the entire fact check here.