Eric Trump repeats false claim that his father was first US president in history not to start a war

Eric Trump has taken up the old lie that his father was the first president in US history not to start a war while in office.

This misrepresentation, which has been so repeated in 2021 that it has prompted several news outlets to perform fact checks refuting the claim, was repeated by the former president’s son during a Wednesday appearance on Newsmax.

“He’s anti-war…he didn’t want to go to war,” Eric Trump told host Eric Bolling of his father. “He’s the first president in US history who didn’t start a war.”

In 2021, Reuters and several other news outlets produced fact checks that would dismantle this baseless claim which was echoed by the president’s other son, Donald Trump Jr, and several other misinformed Trump loyalists.

For Reuters, which acknowledged that defining when a war begins and ends muddies the business itself, it found that even with the liberal stoppage of only looking at post-World War II conflicts, there are nine presidents in the history of the United States who have not started a war.

Between 1945 and 2022, Mr. Trump joins a list of eight other commanders-in-chief who did not enter a new conflict during their administration, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The four of the 13 presidents since 1945 who have sent troops to fight in new foreign conflicts are Harry S Truman, Lyndon B Johnson, George HW Bush and George W Bush, who started the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, respectively.

Eric Trump’s latest mention of the false claim about his father came as he and Mr. Bolling discussed last week’s primaries and, specifically, Rep. Liz Cheney’s loss in the Wyoming GOP primary to to Harriet Hageman, backed by Trump.

The president’s one-term son says the Republican Party should officially change its name to be called the “Trump Party” after his father’s successes in endorsing candidates with winning races.

“It’s not even the Republican Party, I would say it’s actually the Trump Party,” Eric Trump said. According to Business Insider, which cited Ballotpedia’s tally, the elder Trump’s approval record currently stands at 92%, with a grand total of 183 wins and 17 losses.

“My dad really redefined what the party is, how the party speaks to its constituents,” he added.

In Wyoming on Tuesday, Trump-backed candidate Ms Hageman won a W for her state’s GOP primary and will now advance to November’s general election in a state that has been safely billed as a red state, without be won. by a Democrat since Lyndon B Johnson in 1964.

Elsewhere this week, Trump-backed challenger Kelly Tshibaka made it to the general election in the Alaska Senate race against fellow GOP rival Senator Lisa Murkowski and the president’s other Alaskan bet to one term, former Governor Sarah Palin, also passed. the position in its contest for the single House seat alongside three other candidates.

Alaska launched a new open primaries process this year, which will culminate in a ranked voting process.

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