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GOP Representative McClain falsely claimed that Trump caught Osama bin Laden.  The al-Qaeda leader was killed during the first Obama administration, when Trump was still hosting a game show.

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  • Representative Lisa McClain falsely claimed that Osama bin Laden was arrested during the Trump administration.

  • Bin Laden was killed in a raid in 2011 during the Obama administration.

  • McClain also incorrectly claimed that unemployment was at its highest level in 40 years, calling the Biden administration “weak”.

Michigan Congresswoman Lisa McClain falsely claimed at a campaign rally on Saturday that Osama bin Laden had been arrested by the Trump administration.

“Well, President Trump was in power. We didn’t have a war and I think he made three peace treaties,” McClain said during his speech. “I caught Osama – Osama bin Laden and Soleimani, Al Baghdadi. And this president is weak. And I will tell you that weakness breeds aggression. We need strength.

Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an Islamic State leader, were both killed in military operations carried out under the Trump administration.

The 2011 raid that killed bin Laden, however, was carried out during President Barack Obama’s first term. Joe Biden was vice president then. Trump hosted “The Apprentice” – a reality/game show on NBC.

During his remarks, McClain also said unemployment is at a “40-year high” while there is “a labor shortage”.

The current unemployment rate is 3.8%, down from a record high of 14.7% at the height of the pandemic and lower than it has been for most of the past 20 years.

McClain’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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