Marc Short: “The Senate is conducting the slowest confirmation process in American history”

This is a common White House refrain that has been extensively discussed and fact-checked. See here, here, and here, and see also an earlier claim with more specific historical references.

Yet as even The Washington Post has reported, the Senate is conducting the slowest confirmation process in American history.

But it is historic in the level of obstruction that is denying the will of the American people who elected a new administration and expect that administration to be able to staff the departments.

—White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short
Press Briefing,  July 10, 2017

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White House: Trump Poland speech “best” since Reagan, “most important” in decades

In Poland, President Trump gave a powerful and historic speech in Warsaw that was widely praised both in Poland and the United States as one of the most important speeches by an American President on foreign soil in decades.

—Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
Press Briefing, July 10, 2017


When you look at what President Trump did in Europe and recommitting ourselves to our NATO allies, committing ourselves to our partners in Europe, our partners across the world, committing ourselves to the values of the West, delivering a speech in Poland which many people said are the best speeches since Ronald Reagan.

—White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

Fox News Sunday, July 9, 2017

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Donald Trump: This cabinet has faced record-setting confirmation delays

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This is our first Cabinet meeting with the entire Cabinet present. The confirmation process has been record-setting long — and I mean record-setting long — with some of the finest people in our country being delayed and delayed and delayed.

Donald Trump: Claims to be the most productive president in history, with a few exceptions

This claim has been fact-checked by the Washington Post, NBC, AP, and others. Politifact analyzed a previous Trump claim about historic levels of productivity.

Never has there been a president, with few exceptions—case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle—who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we’ve done.

Talking Points Watch: Team Trump’s repeated claims that first foreign trip “historic”

Update: Added statements by President Trump from his weekly address.

A collection of statements by Rex Tillerson and Sean Spicer characterizing President Trump’s recent trip, especially to Saudi Arabia, as “historic.” 

I am thrilled to be back in the United States after our first historic foreign trip.

Our first foreign trip was full of historic and unprecedented achievements. Joined by many old and new friends, we have paved the way for the new era of cooperation – one that calls upon each nation to take more responsibility to bring peace to their people.

In Saudi Arabia, I was honored to participate in a historic summit with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim and Arab nations, where King Salman and many other leaders expressed their desire to take on a greater role in defeating terrorists who murder innocents of all faiths.

—President Donald J. Trump, Weekly Address, June 2, 2017

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Mitch McConnell: Democrats “launching more filibusters against this President’s Cabinet than any other”

Mitch McConnellWhile I am pleased the Senate is working to fill these important positions, it has been disappointing to see so much pointless obstruction by our friends across the aisle. They have continuously forced procedural hurdles on nominees for no other reason than to stall confirmations, launching more filibusters against this President’s Cabinet than any other in history. They have done so not to change the result but simply to eat up floor time that could be used for legislation to help our constituents.

—Sen. Mitch McConnell (R–KY)

Executive Session, Senate Floor, May 22, 2017

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Rep. Anna Eshoo: Giving Highly Classified Intel to Russians “Unprecedented”

Anna EshooHolding the meeting itself raised many questions. But in the meeting, the President revealed highly classified, code-word information to the Russians. I believe that this is unprecedented. No President in the history of our country has ever done such a thing.

—Rep. Anna Eshoo (D–CA)

 House Floor, May 18, 2017

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Pence: Trump Has Cut More “Red Tape” Than Any President

Since day one, President Trump has taken decisive action to strengthen the American economy and extend our competitive edge.  This President has signed more bills to slash red tape than any President in American history.  Before this administration, only one President had ever signed a Congressional Review Act measure — President Trump has already used that legislation 14 different times.

— Mike Pence

Remarks by the Vice President at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Invest in America Summit,  May 18, 2017

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Trump: “This is the Single Greatest Witch Hunt of a Politician in American History!”

— Donald Trump

Tweet,  May 18, 2017

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Spicer: “No President Has Ever Visited the Homelands and Holy Sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslims Faiths All on One Trip”

This trip is truly historic.  No President has ever visited the homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslims faiths all on one trip.  And what President Trump is seeking is to unite peoples of all faiths around a common vision of peace, progress, and prosperity.  He will bring a message of tolerance and of hope to billions, including to millions of Americans who profess these faiths.  The President will focus on what unites us.

— Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Press Briefing, May 12, 2017

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