Who was actually telling the truth? We've fact checked the final US presidential debate


The final presidential debate saw Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lock horns, exchange blows and engage in any form of metaphorical battle you can imagine.

But before we get lost in the spectacle of it all, let's just stop and take a look at some of the things they said, which need a bit more scrutiny.

Here's the fact checker for the final debate you've been looking for.

1. Claim - Trump

"President Obama has moved millions of people out... millions of people have been moved out of this country... nobody knows about it and nobody talks about it."

trump answers a question
(John Locher/AP)

Fact check

This is true, Obama has overseen the deportation of more than 2.5 million immigrants since he took office in 2009. This followed a trend of deporting under George W Bush, but in Obama's second term deportation has declined as he focuses on finding and deporting serious criminals.

Trump's claim no one talks about it though is inaccurate - immigration advocates and opponents to Obama's policy have called him "the deporter in chief".

2. Claim - Clinton

"I was talking about energy" - what Clinton claimed when Trump accused her of calling for open borders in a 2013 speech to a Brazilian bank.

Clinton answers a question
(John Locher/AP)

Fact check

"My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, sometime in the future with energy that is as green as sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere," is what Clinton actually said to the bank - according to a WikiLeaks transcript.

3. Claim - Trump

"Her plan is going to raise taxes and even double your taxes."

Trump points a finger towards Clinton
(Mark Ralston/AP)

Fact check

Clinton's plans would not raise taxes at all for 95 per cent of Americans, according to the Tax Policy Centre - a non-partisan body - with the wealthiest taking the hit and a doubling being highly questionable.

The centre say two-thirds of Clinton's tax increases will hit the top 0.1 per cent of the richest Americans. These taxes include a minimum 30 per cent tax on people earning at least $1 million a year.

4. Claim - Clinton

"I want to make college debt free."

Clinton speaks at the debate
(Mark Ralston/AP)

Fact check

Although Clinton may aspire towards this goal, she has only proposed to make college tuition free for in-state students at a public college or university and only for families earning less than $125,000 a year.

Moreover, students would still need to pay for accommodation, which makes up for more than half of the average costs at a public university in the US.

On this matter, Trump is correct when he says the US government would shoulder higher costs - an estimated $500 billion over 10 years.

5. Claim - Trump

"Hillary Clinton wanted the (border) wall. Hillary Clinton fought for the wall in 2006 or thereabouts. Now, she never gets anything done, so naturally it wasn't built."

Trump points a finger
(David Goldman/AP)

Fact check

As a New York senator Clinton did support the 2006 Secure Fence Act, authorising hundreds of miles of fencing along the US border with Mexico.

However, the fence was actually built - contrary to Trump's claim that it was not. Moreover the fencing is not the type of solid wall Trump has pledged to be built at Mexico's expense. The current fence has miles of gaps and immigrants have often been known to go over and around it.

6. Claim - Clinton

"It didn't meet my test" - Clinton on her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Clinton speaks to Trump
(Patrick Semansky/AP)

Fact check

It met her test when she was Secretary of State and she promoted it across the world. She was a "big champion" of the deal according to WikiLeaks hacked emails from her top foreign policy advisor, Jake Sullivan.

Clinton now says she doesn't back the deal because it lacks protection for US workers and US national security. However, the final deal includes some of the strongest labour protection in a US trade agreement.

7. Claim - Trump

"They create warheads. We can't" - Trump referring to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between Russia and the US on nuclear warheads.

Trump speaks at the debate
(John Locher/AP)

Fact check

The START treaty, which Trump called "Start up", doesn't prevent either nation making nuclear warheads, but limits each to 1,550 allowed on bombers, submarines and in underground silos - to be reached by February 2018.

8. Claim - Trump

"She's lied hundreds of times to the people, to Congress, and to the FBI."

Trump and Clinton on stage
(Mark Ralston/AP)

Fact check

Whether Clinton has lied to the US people or Congress is unclear and hard to prove. However, in July FBI director James Comey said they had "no basis" to conclude Clinton lied to the FBI over her use of a private email server to handle sensitive information - an issue which has been scrutinised this election campaign.

9. Claim - Trump

Under Hillary Clinton, "$6 billion went missing" at the State Department.

Trump talks at the debate
(David Goldman/AP)

Fact check

Not quite. In 2014 there was an alert that the documentation for $6 billion was incomplete at the State Department, but this did not happen under Clinton and some say the money didn't go missing at all.

10. Claim - Trump

"These stories have been largely debunked" - Trump on allegations he groped or kissed at least nine women without permission.

Trump holds finger and thumb together
(John Locher/AP)

Fact check

None of the allegations have been proven false and since they surfaced more people have come forward to support the stories.

People Magazine said half a dozen people had come forward to support the claim of their reporter Natasha Stoynoff, who said Trump forced himself upon her in 2005 at an interview at his Florida mansion. Trump has repeatedly said he has evidence to disprove the allegations but has not provided any.

On Stoynoff, Trump said at a recent rally: "Take a look. You take a look. Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don't think so."