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‘Lake Superior’ Fact-Checks Trump After Falsely Claiming Great Lakes Have ‘Record Deepness’

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‘Lake Superior’ Fact-Checks Trump After Falsely Claiming Great Lakes Have ‘Record Deepness’





A parody account for Lake Superior fact-checked President Trump after he made the false claim that the Great Lakes have “record deepness” during a campaign rally Thursday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Trump, who has made 9,014 false or misleading claims during his first two years in office according to The Washington Post, told the crowd: “I support the Great Lakes. Always have. They’re beautiful. They’re big. Very deep. Record deepness.”

The Great Lakes are not among the deepest lakes in the United States, let alone the world.



The deepest lake in the country is Crater Lake, a volcanic crater in southern Oregon with the deepest measured depth of 1,949 feet, according to Geology.com.

Lake Baikal in southern Russia is the world’s deepest lake. It is an estimated 5,387 feet deep (1,642 meters), and its bottom is approximately 3,893 feet (1,187 meters) below sea level, according to Geology.com.

Lake Superior’s maximum depth is 1,332 feet.

A parody Twitter account with the name “Lake Superior” tweeted: “I hate to admit this, but … no, not record deepness. Not in the world or in the United States.”

Another parody account imagined what the president might say while complimenting America’s “bigly” mountains.




The Hill notes:

Most of the attention on Trump’s remarks about the lakes focused on his budget proposal. Trump said that he supported “full funding” for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — despite his administration calling for slashing funding by 90 percent.

“And I’m going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,” the president said.

His 2020 fiscal budget proposal calls for a $270 million cut to the $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, according to The Detroit Free Press. This is the third year in a row that the Trump administration’s budget proposal has called for making cuts to the program.


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