AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s errant final pitches on virus, energy

Making final arguments before Tuesday’s election, President Donald Trump asserted the U.S. was shaking off a coronavirus pandemic that is only getting worse, falsely claimed Democrat Joe Biden would lock down the country for years and baselessly alleged that the COVID-19 death count is being inflated by doctors. Meanwhile, Biden went astray on trade as he assailed the president’s record on China. THE FACTS: To be clear, Biden isn’t promising to push wide-scale stay-at-home orders to stem the coronavirus if elected, and most certainly not “for a couple years,” which is beyond when most scientists think a vaccine could become widely available.

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