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Wed Jul 3, 2019, 08:48 AM

Fact-checking Trump's false claims about Afghanistan on Fox

By Daniel Dale and Holmes Lybrand

Updated 8:18 AM ET, Wed July 3, 2019

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump made a number of claims about the war in Afghanistan in a Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson that aired on Monday night.

Four of them were at least partly inaccurate. Let's go through them one by one.

Mineral extraction

One of Trump's claims was about Chinese mineral extraction in Afghanistan.

"You look at China. They don't police. They don't have troops everywhere," Trump told Carlson. "What they have is, they have people taking out the minerals out of the ground. They don't have troops ... But we have troops, and on the other mountain ridge, China is there with big excavating equipment, taking out minerals. They don't have people. Now, it's pretty dangerous for them, because their people tend to be shot as they're operating the machines. You know, it's not exactly the safest place."

Facts First: China has invested in a potential copper mining site in Afghanistan, and there has been some violence there. But China has not actually extracted minerals on the site, and US troops have not been stationed on nearby mountain ridges, experts say.


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