Wednesday, February 24, 2021

True and false. Five statements by the American president a month after taking office


The BBC’s analysis showed that Joe Biden made statements that did not represent the factual situation correctly or did so only to a certain extent.

When I took office just three weeks ago, this country did not have a plan or enough vaccines

Facts: The Trump administration released a vaccination plan in September centered on a vaccine dose distribution strategy in the United States.

It is true that there have been criticisms of the implementation of this plan and that states have needed more doses than they have received, but it is not as if there was no plan at all. The lack of federal funding has created logistical problems with the administration of vaccines at the local level – but the vaccines have still been distributed.

Regarding the amount of vaccines, the Trump administration has ordered 400 million doses of anti-COVID-19 serum from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, to be delivered by July.

Although not enough to immunize the entire American population, the United States has had one of the fastest vaccination programs in developed countries.

By January 20, when Trump left the White House, more than 16 million Americans had been immunized, making the United States the fourth most immunized in the world after Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

In addition, the United States has signed contracts for a total of 500 million doses with Johnson & Johnson, Novavax and AstraZeneca, whose vaccines are to be approved in the United States later this year.

White supremacists are “the biggest threat” to America

Joe Biden answered a question and answer session with the public on February 16 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) that white supremacists are the “most dangerous” people in America and pose the greatest domestic terrorist threat.

The American president did not exaggerate too much with this thesis, being supported by statistics, but also by American security officials.

Fact: The Department of Homeland Security said in its annual assessment report that white supremacy is the greatest internal danger – a persistent and lethal one.

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of violent attacks and conspiracies by right-wing radical groups.

In the first eight months of 2020, most attacks or plans for attacks belonged to right-wing extremists, far exceeding those from left-wing extremists or jihadist militants.

“I think we should have a minimum income of US $ 15 per hour … economics and the economic situation show that.”

It is one of Biden’s campaign promises given that the current minimum income is $ 7.25 per hour.

At the request of the BBC on the scientific support of this statement. The White House has sent a series of economic studies as evidence.

But there are other studies that show that increasing wage spending will mean a reduction in the number of jobs.

According to estimates by the U.S. Congressional Budget Office – a federal agency that provides economic data to the U.S. government – raising the minimum income to $ 15 an hour by 2025 will increase salaries for 17 million employees while there will be 1.4 million fewer jobs. available work.

There are millions of Americans who work 40 hours a week, and some of them have 2 jobs and still live below the poverty line.

According to 2019 statistics, about 2.3 million Americans lived in poverty even though they had a full-time job.

However, the level of poverty in America is calculated according to the total income of a household in relation to needs.

8 trillion US dollars, budget deficit in the last four years – much of this money went to the richest

The deficit means that budget expenditures exceed revenues such as those from taxes.

The BBC Reality Check has examined the Federal Budget Committee’s studies of the deficit to the extent that it has resulted from the Trump administration’s decisions over the past four years.

The data showed a $ 4.7 trillion deficit before the pandemic and another $ 3.4 trillion from pandemic aid packages.

However, this money has not yet been spent, making up the budgets of all departments from health programs for less affluent Americans to military funding. In addition, incentives for the pandemic have reached people in different income categories from business people to the unemployed.

By referring to the richest, government officials explained, the US president was actually targeting business tax exemption legislation, which was passed in 2017 and cost an estimated US $ 2,000 billion over 10 years.

However, independent studies have shown that the legislation favors those with high incomes – 20% of the population – who have benefited the most from them.

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