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Fact Checking Donald Trump’s Messy Speech at First Solo Press Con

President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he "inherited a mess" from his predecessor. He also said his young administration is running "like a fine-tuned machine." Here's a look at those claims and how they compare to the facts.

TRUMP: "To be honest I inherited a mess. It's a mess. At home and abroad, a mess."
THE FACTS: A mess is in the eye of the beholder. But by almost every economic measure, President Barack Obama inherited a far worse situation when he became president in 2009 than he left for Trump. He had to deal with the worst downturn since the Depression.

Unemployment was spiking, the stock market crashing, the auto industry failing and millions of Americans risked losing their homes to foreclosure when Obama took the oath of office. None of those statistics is as dire for Trump.

TRUMP: "ISIS has spread like cancer, another mess I inherited."
THE FACTS: ISIS group began to lose ground before Trump took office, not just in Iraq and Syria but also in Libya. The gradual military progress achieved in Iraq during Obama's final two years has pushed ISIS to the point of collapse in Mosul, its main Iraqi stronghold.

TRUMP: "I see stories of chaos. Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can't get my Cabinet approved.”
THE FACTS: Trump's first month has been consumed by a series of missteps and firestorms, and produced far less significant legislation than Obama enacted during his first month.

Republican-led congressional committees will investigate the Trump team's relations with Russians before he took office and the flood of leaks that forced out his national security adviser in record time.
His pick for labor secretary withdrew because he didn't have enough Republican support.

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