The Associated Press reports today that is puzzled about claims made by US President Donald Trump about Andrew Jackson and the US Civil War. However, the AP report itself is puzzling. Also, the report concludes with a misunderstanding about modern human trafficking.
The AP report mentions an interview President Trump had with The Washington Examiner where he suggested that if former US President Andrew Jackson had been president in the 1860s, “you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. There’s no reason for this.” The AP report insinuated that President Trump did not have a handle on when President Jackson died and when the Civil War began.
The AP report in it’s conclusion stated that President Trump said last week that human trafficking is “a problem that’s probably worse than any time in the history of this world.” The AP report then mentioned that it was, “a claim that seemed to omit the African slave trade.” According to the Polaris Project on human trafficking, the are 20 million people affected today. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database shows 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World of which 388,000 were sent to North America.
AP report found here.
Polaris Project found here.
Trans-Atlantic Database referenced here.