As he travels around Asia for both the G20 Conference and a meeting with Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump has taken the opportunity to speak with troops serving overseas. A few of these visits have been newsworthy. During a trip to Japan in early May, the White House reportedly requested that the USS John McCain be hidden during Trump’s visit to Yokosuka, Japan.
While speaking with troops in South Korea this Sunday, the President told the soldiers he was responsible for their first raise in 10 years. This statement, however, is untrue. US Military personal have received a number of raises over the last 10 years.
Trump told the troops stationed in South Korea, “And, you know, one thing I didn’t mention: You also got very nice pay raises for the last couple of years. Congratulations. Oh, you care about that. They care about that. I didn’t think you noticed. Yeah, you were entitled. You know, it was close to 10 years before you had an increase. Ten years.”
According to CNN, this statement isn’t close to being true. The news channel reports, “Military pay rose every year under Obama. For 2017, Obama approved a 2.1% increase. He also authorized a 1.3% increase for 2016, a 1.0% increase for 2015, a 1.0% increase for 2014, a 1.7% increase for 2013, a 1.6% increase for 2012, a 1.4% increase for 2011 and the 3.4% increase for 2010.”
This is not the first time Trump has been accused of misleading the troop. When speaking with soldier in Iraq in December, the President said, “Is anybody here willing to give up the big pay raise you just got?’ Trump said, asking for a show of hands. “You haven’t gotten one in more than 10 years. More than 10 years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one. I got you a big one.”
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