Trump Falsely Claims His State Of The Union Speech Was Most-Watched Ever

WASHINGTON, USA - FEBRUARY 28: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "JIM LO SCALZO / EPA / POOL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) US President Donald J. Trump ... WASHINGTON, USA - FEBRUARY 28: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "JIM LO SCALZO / EPA / POOL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, United States on February 28, 2017. Traditionally the first address to a joint session of Congress by a newly-elected president is not referred to as a State of the Union. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 1, 2018 8:53 a.m.
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President Donald Trump on Thursday morning incorrectly claimed that his state of the union speech on Tuesday was the most-watched in history.

In a tweet praising Fox News’ coverage of his speech, Trump boasted that 45.6 million people watched his speech on television, claiming that it was the “highest number in history.”

However, 48 million viewers tuned in to President Barack Obama’s first state of the union address in 2010. Trump’s speech also trailed President Bill Clinton’s first state of the union speech and President George W. Bush’s first state of the union.

Even Fox News pointed this out Thursday morning.

Trump may have been confused while watching the “Fox and Friends” morning broadcast. Co-host Steve Doocy noted that Trump pulled in more viewers than Obama’s final state of the union, but he offered the caveat that “fewer people watch” the longer a president is in office. He then boasted about Fox News’ ratings for the speech, which were the network’s highest ever. Trump also noted this in his tweet.

Trump’s exaggeration is reminiscent of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s bizarre claim that Trump’s inauguration was was most-watched “both in person and around the globe.”

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