Fact-checking Trump’s 1st State of the Union

After a tumultuous and busy first year in office, President Donald Trump is delivering his first State of the Union address to Congress and the country.

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Our team of journalists from ABC News is investigating some of those statements, looking for additional context, detail and information.

Here is ABC News’ ongoing fact check of the address:

Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via Getty Images, FILEPresident Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Feb. 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Fact check No. 1

TRUMP CLAIM: “We enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.”


WHY: The recently enacted tax bill is the 12th largest as a percentage of the GDP and the fourth largest in inflation-adjusted dollars since 1918.

This is a claim the president has repeatedly made, but analyses of the current tax law and previous legislation show that’s not the case.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law at the end of last year comes with a $1.5 trillion price tag, and according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an independent bipartisan public policy organization, it ranks as the 12th largest tax cut as a percentage of GDP and fourth largest in inflation-adjusted dollars since 2018. If the plan is extended, the group estimates the bill would cost $2.2 trillion, making it the eighth largest tax cut as a percentage of GDP and fourth largest in inflation-adjusted dollars since 2018.

The tax cut signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 was the largest since 1918 — reducing federal revenues by 2.9 percent of GDP, according to the Treasury Department.

The president also claimed roughly 3 million workers have received bonuses stemming from the tax cuts. That figure appears to come from a conservative political advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform, which recently wrote based off anecdotes, “At least 3 million Americans are receiving special tax reform bonuses.”