Fox News anchor Shepard Smith provided viewers with an instant fact-check on a number of false claims made by President Donald Trump following his Oval Office address last night, such as murder rates among undocumented migrants and drug flows, which did not match government statistics.
Trump told the American people that there was a “humanitarian and security crisis” at the border and invoked examples such as that of a police officer “savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien.”
Trump also described how drugs such as methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl were pouring across the southern border, and that the only remedy was a wall that would be paid for through a new trade deal with Mexico.
“The government’s statistics show that there is less violent crime by the immigrant population than by the general population,” Smith said. “He talked about drug crossings at the border, but government statistics show that much of the heroin actually comes not from over the unguarded border but through [legal] ports of call.
“He talked about undocumented crossings over the past months; in fact the number of undocumented crossings over the southern border has been steadily down over the last 10 years, and the government reports that there is more outward traffic than inward traffic,” Smith added.
Smith also challenged the president’s claim that it was law enforcement professionals who wanted the wall.
“As for the trade deal he mentioned with Mexico, which he said would pay for the wall, that trade deal is not yet complete. The president said law enforcement professionals have requested the $5.7 billion; it is he who requested it and it is he who said he would own the shutdown,” Trump told viewers.