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President Trump said that Americans’ paychecks have at last turned the corner.

“After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages,” he declared.

But wage gains, in fact, have barely budged for the typical American worker.


In his address, President Trump singled out 12-year-old Preston Sharp of Redding, Calif., as a symbol of American patriotism.

Preston, who sat next to First Lady Melania Trump during the speech, noticed undecorated veterans graves when visiting his grandfather’s grave in the Redding Memorial Park on Veterans Day in 2015.

Since then, Preston has placed flowers and more than 40,000 American flags on the graves of veterans as part of the Flags and Flowers Challenge.

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Was President Trump correct when he said in the State of the Union speech that the U.S. is “now an exporter of energy to the world”?


Trump has said this before, and exactly what he means is unclear, but nearly all the possible meanings are untrue.

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“Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax-cut bonuses – many of them thousands of dollars per worker,” President Trump said Tuesday in his State of the Union address.

The number of workers appears to be correct, but most are not getting thousands of dollars apiece.

The conservative Americans for Tax Reform has kept a running list of announcements by businesses of bonuses or raises they have given to their employees because of the tax cuts.

President Trump quickly praised David Dahlberg, a fire prevention technician with the U.S. Forest Service who joined First Lady Melania Trump in the gallery.

“David faced down walls of flame to rescue almost 60 children trapped at a California summer camp threatened by wildfires,” Trump said.


Today we are rediscovering the American way.

“Something I’m very proud of: African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded. And Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history,” President Trump said Tuesday.

He’s right on black unemployment but not quite right on the rate for Latinos.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last month that the unemployment rate for blacks dropped to 6.8% in December, the lowest since the government began tracking the figure in 1972.

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The tax cuts enacted last month are not the biggest in American history, despite what President Trump said in his State of the Union address Tuesday.

“Just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history,” Trump said.

The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimated in October that the tax cuts as a percentage of total economic output — also known as gross domestic product — would be the 12th largest since 1918.


The state of our union is strong, because our people are strong.

Yesenia Rodriguez, who came to the U.S. from El Salvador, makes <i>pupusas</i> in MacArthur Park.
Yesenia Rodriguez, who came to the U.S. from El Salvador, makes pupusas in MacArthur Park. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

President Trump claimed his immigration clampdown will protect American workers because U.S. policies “have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans.”

It’s a long-standing argument by groups advocating for a slowdown in legal immigration.

But economic studies have questioned that premise, instead finding that the influx of people and workers instead provides an overall lift to the economy.