Fact Check

Is President Trump Sending $4,106 to Everyone Over Age 65?

Reports that President Trump is sending thousands of dollars to individuals as compensation for hardship endured during the Obama administration are fake news.

Published March 3, 2017

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In March 2017, President Trump signed an executive order allocating payments of more than $4,000 to everyone over 65.

On 2 March 2017, the Last Line of Defense web site published an article headlined "President Trump’s Latest Executive Order Will Make Retirees VERY Happy," reporting that the President had signed an executive order allocating thousands of dollars to everyone in the United States over the age of 65:

During the reign of the Kenyan tyrant, taxes on Social Security income rose 4 percent while cost of living increases virtually disappeared, leaving far too many with less than they needed to survive ... President Trump just changed all that, ordering the US Treasury to restore the cost of living increases and issue checks to all retirees to cover their losses for the past eight years.

To be fair to all, Trump issued the order to be retroactive to anyone 65 or older as of today, meaning if you were over 57 years old in 2009 you’ll be receiving a check in the mail, courtesy of your president, for $4,106.

You won’t need to do anything to qualify for the relief fund other than be a US citizen who files a tax return every year. The measure is expected to cost nearly $40 billion, which will be cut from spending on social services that are far over-funded, such as food stamps and the CHIP program. It’s time we started taking care of those who have contributed the longest and for the younger generation to learn to care for themselves.

There is no truth to this story, which originated with The Last Line of Defense (The Resistance), a fake news site whose disclaimer explains that its content should never be taken seriously:

The Resistance may include information from sources that may or may not be reliable and facts that don’t necessarily exist. All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney. Pictures that represent actual people should be considered altered and not in any way real.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.