Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke on March 20 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. During this speech Trump addressed the American Isreal Public Affairs Committee, also known as AIPAC Annual Conference. Trump focused his speech on his concerns with relations of the United States and Israel. The speech was 27 minutes long.
Trump started his speech with confidence and was determined to get his point across to the people in Washington D.C. He began by saying how he is a true friend of Israel and what Israel means to him. He quickly transitioned into why he was speaking at the AIPAC Conference which was to talk about the present and future relationship of the United States and Israel.
The statements and claims Trump made in the beginning of his speech were truthful.
Claim 1: “Mayor Rudy Giuliani visited Israel to show solidarity with terror victims.”
This is true according to Breaking Israel News (“Isreal’s CNN”). After the 9/11 attacks, Mayor Rudy Giuliana made a trip out to Israel hoping to lift morale.
Giuliana visits Israel often, he enjoys the relationships he has with the country. He also believes that, “America should be 100 percent behind Israel because they are fighting our battle against Islamic terrorism.”
Claim 2: “I sent my plane because I backed the mission for Israel 100 percent.”
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (Isreali “wire service”) can confirm this statement of Trump. In 1988, Trump did send one of his planes to fly out a three year old boy to the United States for medical attention.
Trump did this because commericial airlines declined to fly the boy out.
Claim 3: “In spring of 2004 at the height of the violence in the Gaza Strip, I was the grand marshal of the 40th Salute to Israel Parade, the largest-single gathering in support of the Jewish state.”
This statement is true. The New York Times did report this event in 2004 and also provided pictures of Trump as the grand marshal.
Trump has receieved a lot of recognition from Israel and has received awards because of his support to American Jewish organizations.
It was not until five minutes into the speech that Trump started making false declarations.
Claim 4: “We’ve rewarded the world’s leading state sponsor of terror with $150 billion, and we received absolutely nothing in return.”
This statement is 100% false according to the Politifact. The truth of this statement on Politifact states, “Trump is referring to the amount of previously frozen Iranian assets the deal releases. To be clear, this is money that already belongs to Iran so we’re not “giving” them anything. The $150 billion is a high estimate, and most experts say the real figure is closer to $100 billion, while Iran is probably only able to access a fraction of that.”
Trump has repeatedly made this statement at other campaigns and there is no truth behind it.
Claim 5: “When those restrictions expire (in the Iran nuclear deal), Iran will have an industrial-size military nuclear capability ready to go.”
This claim is verified as false on Politifact, which states, “Key restrictions in the deal never expire, including the pledge to not conduct activities that would contribute to the design and development of a nuclear explosive.”
It continues to say, “Even if Iran were to go all-out for a nuclear program once the 15-year limit on uranium enrichment goes away, it would take months, if not years, for the country to develop a bomb and delivery system so its military could go to war with nuclear weaponry.”
There is no evidence on how long it would take the Iran military to make an type of explosive.
Claim 6: “And believe me, that’s why I’m going to be elected president, folks. And we are leading in every poll. Remember that please.”
This statement of his is true according to politifact.com. It says, “And yet, when it comes to winning delegaes in persuit of the Republican nomination, Trump is the frontrunner–by a mile.”
Even though he is leading in every poll, U.S News states, “You become president with 270 Electoral College votes or more. And Trump, based on data (not emotion), is within striking distance of that benchmark based on historical data points.”
Continuing into his speech Trump was stricken the crowd with true facts.
Claim 7: “In Gaza, Iran is supporting Hamas and Islamic jihad.”
This statement from Donald Trump is true according to Iran Premier. When the 1979 revolution was over, Iran started supporting the Palestinians.
Claim 8: “And in the West Bank, they’re openly offering Palestinians $7,000 per terror attack and $30,000 for every Palestinian terrorist’s home that’s been destroyed. A deplorable, deplorable situation.”
This statement is true of Donald Trump according to The Times of Israel.
Claim 9: “During the last five years, Iran has perpetuated terror attacks in 25 different countries on five continents.”
This statement according to Politifact is half true. Politifact says, “Trump has a point that Iran is widely believed to be supporting, or trying to support armed or terrorist groups in many countries around the world, though the exact number is not known with any specificity outside Tehran.”
However, that’s not the same thing as actually perpetrating terrorist attacks. Trump only referred to activity, not attacks.
Claim 10: “Iran is the biggest sponsor of terrorism around the world.”
This is statement is true according to Clarion Project. Clarion Project has stated that Iran is the leading sponsor of terrorism. Also Clarison Project states, “Iran has been on the State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism since 1984.”
Claim 11: “As many of the great people in this room know, painted on those missiles in both Hebrew and Farsi were the words “Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth.”
This statement is true according to the Snapshots a Camera Blog. When this was first CNN could was not able to confirm anything that is why Snapshots a Camera Blog helped retreiving the photo.
When Trump’s speech came to an end about 80% of what he was communicating was true. He did make false claims with nothing to back him up, but he ended the night continually stating how much love he has for Israel and what Israel means to him. The relationship Trump has with Israel may be a huge advantage for him in the presidential election.