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State of the Union 2022: Fact check of President Joe Biden’s claims on COVID, the economy and more

WASHINGTON – The Associated Press reports on President Joe Biden’s first speech on the state of the Union as he faces Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a dead-end domestic agenda and the protracted COVID-19 pandemic.

READ MORE: Biden vows to control Russian aggression, fight inflation

Some of the claims we examined:

COVID-19

BIDEN“Serious cases have dropped to a level not seen since July last year.”

THE FACTS: Biden overestimated the improvement, omitting a statistic that remains a worrying indicator of COVID-19 reporting.

While hospitalizations are indeed reduced compared to last summer, deaths remain high. The COVID tracker of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 289 deaths on July 1, 2021. Last Monday, the CDC detector reported 1,985 deaths.

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ECONOMY

BIDEN: “The pandemic also disrupted the global supply chain … Look at cars last year. One third of inflation was due to car sales. There were not enough semiconductors to make all the cars people wanted to buy. And guess what. “One way to fight inflation is to cut wages and make Americans poorer. I think I have a better idea of ​​fighting inflation. Cut costs, not your wages.” “It means we build more cars and semiconductors in America. More infrastructure and innovation in America. More goods are moving faster and cheaper in America … Instead of relying on foreign supply chains, let us do it in America.”

THE FACTS: It is doubtful to suggest that more domestic production means less inflation.

Manufactured products made abroad, especially in countries such as China or Mexico where wages are lower, are generally cheaper than products made in the USA.

Biden is also pushing for oversupply in the supply chain as a factor in the worst inflation in four decades. Although these problems were indeed a major factor in increasing costs, inflation is increasingly appearing in other sectors, such as restaurant rentals and meals, which reflect the rapid growth of the economy and wages last year rather than a global supply congestion. These trends are likely to continue to drive up prices even as supply chains recover.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES

BIDENPromoting its $ 1 trillion infrastructure law: “We’re done talking about infrastructure weeks. Now we’re talking about a decade of infrastructure … We’re going to build a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations.”

THE FACTS: Not so fast.

The bipartisan bill passed by Congress ended up providing only half of the $ 15 billion Biden envisioned to deliver on a campaign promise of 500,000 charging stations by 2030.

Biden’s Build Back Better proposal aimed to fill the gap by adding billions back to pay for charging stations. But Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., said in December that the bill was dead in its current form at cost.

Administration officials now say that the infrastructure law will help pave the way for up to 500,000 charging sockets by 2030. This is different from charging stations, which could have multiple sockets. They say private investment could help fill the gap. There are currently over 100,000 EV sockets in the US

The Department of Transportation plan calls on states to set up a nationwide network of EV charging stations that will install new or upgraded ones every 50 miles along transnational highways. The $ 5 billion in federal money over five years is based on cooperation from large U.S. rural communities, which are less likely to own electric vehicles because of their typically higher price.

States are expected to begin construction in the fall.

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Associated Press authors Christopher Rugaber, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward contributed to this report.

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