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Quartz Fact Checks U.S. President Trump’s SOTU Claim That U.S. Does ‘More Than Any Other Country To Help The Needy’

Quartz: Fact check: Does the U.S. “do more than any other country” to help the poor?
“‘The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we do more than any other country to help the needy, the struggling, and the underprivileged all over the world,’ said Donald Trump in [his] State of the Union address, by way of introducing his plan to curb legal immigration. In absolute numbers, it is true that the U.S. donates a lot of money. … But a better measure of America’s generosity would be percentage of GDP given in aid, and the contribution per capita. By both these measures, the U.S. is not a particularly compassionate nation, nor does it do ‘more than any other country’…” (Merelli, 1/30).

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