Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded jabs about their records during NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” on Sept. 7. We fact-checked several of their claims.
Assertion: Donald Trump is “on record extensively supporting [the] intervention in Libya.”
Our finding: Mostly True. Not so extensive, but emphatic.
Assertion: “Classified material has a header which says ‘top-secret, secret, confidential.’ Nothing — and I will repeat this, and this is verified in the report by the Department of Justice — none of the e-mails sent or received by me had such a header.”
Our finding: Mostly True. Careful wording leaves out context.
Assertion: Donald Trump supports “an agenda out there” to privatize the Veterans Affairs health care system.
Our finding: Mostly False. He backs access to private care — not the same thing.
Assertion: Hillary Clinton said the Veterans Affairs scandal is “over-exaggerated.” “She said she was satisfied with what was going on.”
Our finding: Mostly False. She’s acknowledged problems, urged reforms.
Assertion: “I was totally against the war in Iraq.”
Our finding: False. His pre-war comments didn’t amount to opposition.
Assertion: Vladimir Putin “does have an 82 percent approval rating.”
Our finding: True. Multiple polls confirm, even when adjusting for respondents’ fear, social pressure.
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