WASHINGTON — A claim from the presidential debate and how it compares with the facts:
DONALD TRUMP on Russia’s military capacity: “Russia’s been expanding. They have much newer capabilities than we do.”
THE FACTS: Russia has indeed been expanding its military and increasing spending on weapons and equipment. But the U.S. still has far more advanced military aircraft, weapons and capabilities than Russia. In addition, the Pentagon plans to spend $108 billion over the next five years to sustain and improve its nuclear force and is developing the next generation bomber.
EDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figures