Trump has done little on his own as president, so he is taking credit for things that Obama did, like signing Veteran’s Choice in 2014.
Danie Dale of The Toronto Star tweeted:
Trump is telling his regular rambling lies. He boasts about how he was the one who finally got the Veterans Choice program passed. It was passed under Obama. Trump signed a law that changes the program.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 14, 2019
Video of Trump at the Farm Convention:
This is a favorite Trump lie.
PolitiFact debunked Trump’s statements in the fall of 2018:
In fact, that was the idea for the Veterans Choice Program, which was created by the bipartisan Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, signed by President Barack Obama on Aug. 7, 2014. The legislation, which garnered a 91-3 vote in the Senate and a 420-5 vote in the House, followed a scandal over wait times at Veterans Affairs facilities.
The VA summary of the 2014 bill said it would “allow those Veterans who are unable to schedule an appointment within 30 days of their preferred date or the clinically appropriate date, or on the basis of their place of residence to elect to receive care from eligible non-VA health care entities or providers. This is separate from VA’s existing program providing Veterans care outside of the VA system.”
The legislation didn’t take 44 years to pass, and it wasn’t Trump’s idea.
Trump is taking credit for Obams’s accomplishments
Trump’s biggest accomplishment has been trying to let his Mar-a-Lago buddies come up with a way to privatize the VA. Donald Trump has done virtually nothing for veterans, and one of his other favorite myths, the 10% pay raise for active duty military, is also a lie. Trump has so few legislative accomplishments that he has to steal Obama’s.
Trump didn’t sign Veterans Choice, and he is only fooling himself with these delusional lies.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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