President Donald Trump falsely claimed that he has signed more legislation than any other president Wednesday, Politico reports.
“You know, one of the things that people don’t understand — we have signed more legislation than anybody,” Trump said during a stop at a West Palm Beach firehouse while returning to his Mar-a-Lago resort from the golf course. “We broke the record of Harry Truman.”
Trump made the same claim on Twitter Friday, writing, “With all my Administration has done on Legislative Approvals (broke Harry Truman’s Record), Regulation Cutting, Judicial Appointments, Building Military, VA, TAX CUTS & REFORM, Record Economy/Stock Market and so much more, I am sure great credit will be given by mainstream news?”
With all my Administration has done on Legislative Approvals (broke Harry Truman’s Record), Regulation Cutting, Judicial Appointments, Building Military, VA, TAX CUTS & REFORM, Record Economy/Stock Market and so much more, I am sure great credit will be given by mainstream news?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2017
He will not, because he did not.
Truman had the record for the most bills signed in his first 100 days, which Trump did break earlier this year, though only because he used a rule that allowed Republicans to roll back the executive orders issued by President Obama in the final months of his presidency. In fact, Trump hasn’t signed a significant bill until the Republicans passed their massive tax cut for corporations and the rich earlier this month.
It has been a long time since that first 100 days, though, and according to GovTrack, Trump has signed fewer bills in his first year in office in modern history.
According to the site, Trump has signed less than half as many bills as were signed by Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush in their first years.
“I believe we have — and you’ll have to ask those folks, but I think they know the real answer,” Trump said Wednesday, referring to the media. “We have more legislation passed, including — the record was Harry Truman. That’s a long time ago. And we broke that record. So we have a lot done.”
Though Trump has been moderately successful at filling federal courts with far-right judges on the religious right’s wishlist and rolling back safety and environmental regulations set in place by Obama, he has not actually done a lot.
In fact, Trump has spent roughly a third of his first year in office on vacation and more than a quarter of his time on the golf course.
The Wall Street Journal points out:
Before he was elected president, Mr. Trump was a frequent critic of his predecessor’s vacations—in particular his golfing habit. “@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Nice work ethic,” Mr. Trump tweeted in 2011.
He also mocked the amount of time Mr. Obama spent in Washington, tweeting that same year: “Yesterday @BarackObama actually spent a full day in Washington. He didn’t campaign, fund raise or play golf. Shocking.”
While staying at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump has spent about 20 days golfing at his nearby golf courses in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, Fla. On the weekends Mr. Trump has spent in Washington, he has golfed on nearly two dozen days at the Trump golf course in Potomac Falls, Va.
And Trump has continued the trend. On Monday, he tweeted that he is going “back to work” the following day.
I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017
In reality, he instead went to the golf course.
Trump on the golf course today, captured by CNN cameras https://t.co/hctg9sO23e
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 26, 2017
And the day after that.
President Trump has arrived at his south Florida golf club again this morning, marking his 86th day at a Trump golf property, and his 112th day at a Trump property since taking office. https://t.co/GGu3g5s1Jp pic.twitter.com/xzG1iMEb1c
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 27, 2017
And the day after that.
President Trump is at his Florida golf club again this morning, marking his 87th day at a Trump golf property and his 113th day at a Trump property since taking office https://t.co/yKUG9cPeFy pic.twitter.com/JtHLhxW3tZ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 28, 2017