Courtesy of Newsweek:
During a segment on Shepard Smith Reporting on Wednesday afternoon, the Fox News host fact-checked Trump’s recent claims about Puerto Rico. “President Trump is calling the island one of the most corrupt places on earth. He added [on Twitter] that ‘by the way, I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico.’ Those are opinions as opposed to facts,” he said.
Smith went on to declare that Trump also “repeated his false claims” about the $92 billion aid that Puerto Rico has received, citing a tweet the president posted yesterday.
“That is decidedly not true,” Smith said in response. “We checked with sources including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. The latest numbers show that as of the end of June, the federal government has allocated $42.7 billion for Puerto Rico… About $21 billion is binding. In other words, Congress has to pay it. Of that, Puerto Rico has received less than $14 billion. So $14 billion or less. Not $92 billion.”
Later in the segment, Smith took aim at Trump’s latest claims about the border wall. Earlier today, the president tweeted a video of the southwest border and claimed that the border wall he promised his supporters during the 2016 presidential election is “going up very fast despite total Obstruction by Democrats in Congress, and elsewhere!”
In response, Smith debunked the president’s claims and clarified that “there’s no new wall.”
“Existing barriers have been replaced. Same span. The total of repaired barrier is about 60 miles along that 2,000 mile border,” the host said. “The president also said in the tweet that the wall is going up rapidly. It is not. As we just reported, there’s no new wall. Only replacement for walls which were in need of repair or upgrade. Those are the facts.”
Gee, no wonder Donald Trump is pissed off at Fox News.
Actually Shepard Smith is the one Fox news personality who refuses to drink the Koolaid and is consistently accurate in his reporting.
If they hired a few more like him Fox News might some day be considered an actual news source.