The Washington Post fact-checker has given Eric Trump four “Pinocchios” for a recent Instagram post in which he shared a quote wrongly claiming President Trump’s border “wall costs less than the Obamacare website.”
The newspaper said that the quote, attributed by Eric Trump to actor Tim Allen last week, was “inaccurate” and “falsely attributed.”
The Post urged the president’s son to delete fake news post.
Trump’s post included a picture of Allen and the quote, “President Trump’s Wall costs less than the Obamacare website. Let that sink in, America.”
Allen’s publicist, Marleah Leslie, confirmed to FactChek.org that the actor did not write the post.
According to the Post, even in the highest estimation of the ObamaCare website’s cost of around $2 billion, it would be more than $6 billion below the estimated cost for President Trump’s border wall.
The most recent government estimate of the website provided in 2014 was about $834 million, the newspaper reported.
The Hill reports:
Congress has appropriated $1.6 billion for the president’s border barrier, and Trump has used an additional $6.1 billion from previously approved military construction projects under an emergency authority. He is seeking an additional $8.6 billion in funds in the next budget.
If completed costs could be $20 billion or higher, according to the Post.
President Trump’s son, @EricTrump, shared this meme earlier today. The statement itself is false. The cost of the wall far exceeds the cost of the ACA website. https://t.co/naemRuA7fu Also, this quote is fabricated, actor Tim Allen did not say it. https://t.co/Oz3bmmyguG pic.twitter.com/d7n1RBO5FF
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) September 10, 2019