Trump’s speech at CPAC was full of falsehoods and exaggerations. Here’s a fact check.

Former President Donald J. Trump, in his first public appearance since leaving the White House, mounted inaccurate attacks against his successor and revived familiar falsehoods in a speech on Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Here’s a fact check.

WHAT MR. TRUMP SAID

“We brought illegal crossings to historic lows.”

False. Under Mr. Trump, there were 200,000 apprehensions at the southern border in the 2020 fiscal year; just over 850,000 in 2019; just under 400,000 in 2018; and about 300,000 in 2017. None of those numbers are unprecedented.

The figures for Mr. Trump’s first two years in office were on par with the numbers under President Barack Obama.

WHAT MR. TRUMP SAID

“First Fauci said you don’t need masks, no masks, no good. Then all of a sudden, now he wants double masks.”

OTHER CLAIMS

Mr. Trump repeated many claims The New York Times has previously debunked:

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