US Steel is afraid to correct Trump’s lie because they know he would attack them.
In the most inoffensive possible way, US Steel confirms to @GlennKesslerWP that Trump is wrong about the company opening “six” (or, last night, “seven”) plants. Trump keeps saying the company CEO called to tell him about these fictional openings. https://t.co/45NJA2j3qE pic.twitter.com/5aEDjCvlYr
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 28, 2018
“What’s interesting here is not that Trump is making up random shit. He does that all the time. The interesting thing is that US Steel’s CEO, Dave Burritt, is terrified of contradicting him.” https://t.co/2kxngMra73
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) June 28, 2018
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) June 28, 2018
He’s still lying
This afternoon the president told steelworkers that their employer is opening up seven plants it is not opening https://t.co/HJaVLXqF4h
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 27, 2018
Trump just said (again) that US Steel was opening six new steel mills. From a CNN fact check: "As a publicly traded company, US Steel is required to announce major changes, such as opening new plants. So far, they have not made any such announcements." https://t.co/nR7gfusTVK
— Kyle Blaine (@kyletblaine) July 31, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump said @U_S_Steel just announced that they are building six new steel mills. But they're not building a single one. Check out our fact-check: https://t.co/hHq8eamqkR pic.twitter.com/PqYxxWoM1c
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) August 2, 2018
and another lie (8/6 update):
Trump lied in June that U.S. Steel was opening "six" plants. Then he made it "seven." Last week, at a meeting with inner city pastors, he said, "United States Steel just announced another two plants. They're up to eight."
It is restarting blast furnaces at one plant.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 7, 2018
8/11/18 update – Trump just keeps lying
Trump, touting US steel as “one of the hot industries in the world,” told CEOs at Bedminster tonight that “plants are opening up literally on a daily basis.”
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) August 8, 2018
9/7 in North Dakota
"U.S. Steel is opening up eight plants," Trump lies again. It's announced major investments in two plants since he announced his tariffs.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 7, 2018
9/18/18 Trump’s false claims on steel:
9/26/18: Trump lies again about US Steel:
Trump again upgrades his U.S. Steel lie, which started at "six plants" and went to "seven plants" and then "eight plants." Just now: "U.S. Steel is opening up a minimum of eight plants."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 26, 2018
10/1/18 Trump lies again
It wasn't true when Trump claimed U.S. Steel was opening six new plants, and it wasn't true today when he bumped that number to "eight or nine" pic.twitter.com/dVQfIqviAr
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 1, 2018
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) November 2, 2018