Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tangled in an intense series of exchanges Monday night during the first presidential debate of 2016. The candidates made charges about each others’ records while defending their own careers and policy proposals.
But were they always telling the truth? How often did Trump and Clinton spin facts to fit their arguments? ABC News fact-checked some of the most noteworthy claims made in the debate:
Fact #1: Trump claims he did not say global warming is hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
Clinton: “Because we will be making investments where we can grow the economy. Take clean energy. Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax, perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real.”
Trump: “I did not. I did not. I do not say that. I do not say that.”
Explanation: Trump tweeted in November 2012 that the “concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese.” This tweet resurfaced again in January 2016, when former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders pointed it out on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The next day, Trump addressed the comment on “Fox & Friends,” saying his tweet was basically a joke: “I often joke that this is done for the benefit of the Chinese. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change.” Trump has, on other occasions between 2012-2015, called global warming a hoax, though he has not attributed it to the Chinese.
Fact #2: Clinton has been fighting ISIS her “entire adult life”
Trump: “See you are telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you have been, no wonder you have been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.”
Explanation: ISIS has its origins in Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Sunni insurgency group founded in 2004 after the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. In 2013, the group re-branded itself as Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and shifted operations to include Syria where the civil war enabled its growth and resurgence. This occurred after Clinton had finished serving as Secretary of State. Clinton is 68 years old and turned 18 in 1965, almost 51 years ago.
Fact #3: Trump started his business with $14 million borrowed from his father.
Clinton: “Donald was very fortunate in his life and that’s all to his benefit. He started his business with $14 million, borrowed from his father, and he really believes that the more you help wealthy people, the better off we’ll be and that everything will work out from there. I don’t buy that. I have a different experience. My father was a small business man. He worked really hard.”
Our Grade: Yes and No
Explanation: Trump claims that his business grew out of a $1 million loan from his father in 1975. But a casino license disclosure from 1985 shows that in the late 1970s and early 1980s Trump took $14 million in loans from his father and his father’s properties, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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