President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden met again on Thursday evening for the final presidential debate in a bid to win the undecided American voters, according to Bloomberg. Here is the  fact check on top statements and accusations from both candidates:

  • Supporting the Green New Deal
    • Trump-Green New Deal is the craziest plan and democrats want to spend $100 trillion on it.  Manipulation. Biden has never offered a full endorsement of the Green New Deal climate plan, but he has released a climate plan that aligns with many of the deal’s environmental goals.
  • Climate Change
    • Biden-Trump isn’t dealing with climate change and believes that “we are going to pass the point of no return in eight to 10 years.” Manipulation. True that although the U.S. energy-related emissions have declined since 2005, the decline has been mostly driven by market forces as cheaper and cleaner natural gas replaced coal-powered plants. However, scientists differ with the “point of no return” projections by Biden and argue estimates on the early side of the range. 
  • Taxes
    • Trump-Biden wants to raise taxes and put regulations on everything. Manipulation. Biden plans to hike taxes on those earning atleast $400,000 a year and impose higher capital gains taxes on those earning $1 million or more, but the tax bills would not affect those below the $400,000 threshold.  
  • Social Security
    • Biden- Trump will get rid of social security and would make it bankrupt by 2023.  Manipulation. Trump made statements that he would eliminate payroll taxes which could affect trust funds, but has never proposed to eliminate social security completely. 
  • Taxes
    • Trump-Claims to pay millions in Taxes. Manipulation. Records show Trump paid $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and again in 2017. However, it is unclear that Trump paid “millions” of taxes as he does not release his tax returns voluntarily as it is the tradition of other presidents.
  • Foreign Relations
    • Trump-Biden took foreign money. False. No evidence shows Biden took foreign money.
    • Biden-Trump has a secret Chinese bank account.  True. Trump has a foreign account controlled by Trump International Hotels Management LLC, and the account is still open. 
  • COVID-19 Response
    • Trump-The U.S. had a great Covid-19 response. Manipulation. The U.S. pandemic response has been chaotic and results catastrophic with more than 222,000 deaths and over 8.3 million cases, although the country hasn’t had the most deaths. 
  • COVID-19 Vaccine
    • Trump-America has a vaccine that is ready and will be announced within weeks. Manipulation. Experimental trials from Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc. show the vaccine is close, but may receive emergency use authorization later this year.