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Fact check: NC Democrat is wrong about Trump’s budget

Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a rally Monday, November 7, 2016 at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC. Democratic state Rep. Bobbie Richardson of Louisburg recently claimed that Trump proposed to cut the CDC budget by 80 percent. PolitiFact found that’s not true.
Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a rally Monday, November 7, 2016 at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC. Democratic state Rep. Bobbie Richardson of Louisburg recently claimed that Trump proposed to cut the CDC budget by 80 percent. PolitiFact found that’s not true. tlong@newsobserver.com

Democrats hope to capitalize on animosity for President Donald Trump as they try to gain influence in North Carolina politics this year.

Republicans have so many seats in the North Carolina General Assembly that they can override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes. If Democrats pick up either four state House seats or six state Senate seats in the November election, they’ll break that supermajority.

Voters should expect to hear a lot of complaints about Trump from local Democrats. State Rep. Bobbie Richardson of Louisburg, the Democrats’ House whip, recently took to Twitter to complain about Trump’s proposal to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The president is cutting the CDC budget by 80%. Is this recklessness or deliberate action against preventive healthcare?” Richardson tweeted on Feb. 3.

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Bobbie Richardson

The CDC, based in Atlanta, is the nation’s primary source for developing and applying disease prevention methods and health education activities. Its budget is $7 billion.

Is Trump really asking the CDC to operate on a fraction of its current budget?

In fact, Richardson mangled the numbers. To see how her claim fared on the Truth-O-Meter, read the fact check at PolitiFact.com.

Paul A. Specht: 919-829-4870, @AndySpecht

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