United States President, Donald Trump, abruptly ended his Saturday news conference after a reporter blatantly fact-checked him, said a CNN report.
According to the report, Trump lied about veterans’ health care he kept mentioning for more than 150 times.
Trump was speaking at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
There he claimed again the is the one who got the Veterans Choice program passed.
The President even said:
“They’ve been trying to get that passed for decades and decades and decades and no president’s ever been able to do it, and we got it done.”
The Public Correction
CBS News White House correspondent, Paula Reid, made the public correction.
Upon hearing that Trump boasted he passed the said law that was stagnant for 50 years, Reid challenged the President.
“Why do you keep saying that you passed Veterans Choice?”
As Trump tried to call on another reporter instead, Reid continued, “You said that you passed Veterans Choice. It was passed in 2014…it was a false statement, sir.”
Trump then paused and said:
“OK. Thank you very much, everybody.”
According to the report, Trump walked away as the song “YMCA” played.
The Real Credit
Trump kept on telling that he passed the Veterans Choice program, however, the credit goes to former President Barack Obama.
Obama signed the Choice program into law in 2014.
Under the law, the government will still cover the care for all eligible veterans for care even if is outside the VA system.
Moreover, it is a bipartisan initiative.
Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and the late John McCain of Arizona spearheaded the bill.
It Is Mistaken For
Trump confused it for the VA MISSION ACT that he signed in 2018.
Under the 2018 law, it modified and expanded the eligibility criteria from the Choice program.
According to the veterans’ website, “the Mission act gives veterans greater access to health care in VA facilities and community, expands benefits for caregivers, and improves VA’s ability to recruit and retain the best medical providers.”