Fact-Checking Trump’s Misleading Claims on McCain, Tanks and G.D.P. Growth

What Mr. Trump Said

“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president, I had to approve. I don’t care about this. I didn’t get ‘thank you.’ That’s O.K.”

Mr. Trump did authorize facets of Mr. McCain’s funeral arrangements, namely the use of military transportation, military pallbearers and band support. He also ordered the flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House and other public buildings — after pressure from his own staff, veterans groups and lawmakers.

But other elements of Mr. McCain’s funeral were not up to Mr. Trump. The senator was lain in the Capitol Rotunda, a decision approved by Congress, and his Washington memorial service took place at Washington National Cathedral.

What Mr. Trump Said

“Four straight years — the number of U.S. tanks that were budgeted for upgrades was zero. Does anybody remember that? Raise your hands. Zero. That was under your great President Obama. Our military readiness declined and your work force was slashed by 60 percent.”

At no point under former President Barack Obama did funding for M-1 Abrams tanks, one of the Army’s main battle tanks, made at manufacturing plants in Lima, Ohio, actually reach zero for four straight years. It is true that in the 2012 fiscal year, the Pentagon had planned to halt the refurbishment of tanks for a few years, but Congress rejected those plans and instead authorized over $500 million for modifying or upgrading the tanks. Subsequent budgets from Mr. Obama and spending laws passed by Congress all included hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for the tanks.

What Mr. Trump Said

“We just came out — another chart — we just came out with numbers, the Economic Report of the President, 3.1 percent G.D.P., the first time in 14 years that we cracked 3, right? That’s pretty good, 3.1. The press tried to make it 2.9. I said, ‘It’s not 2.9.’ What they did is they took odd months.”

This claim conflates two different gross domestic product growth figures. The 3.1 percent figure refers to the increase in G.D.P. from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018. The 2.9 percent figure refers to the increase in economic output from the annual level.

Mr. Trump is free to brag about 3.1 percent G.D.P. growth, but he is wrong when he says that it would be the first time in 14 years that G.D.P. growth topped 3 percent using the same metric. Most recently, it happened in both the second and third quarters of 2015, with increases of 3.8 and 3.4 percent.