At a White House gathering this week, President Donald Trump expressed concern about a “tremendous increase” in autism, but experts caution that his rhetoric doesn’t tell the whole story.

During what was billed as a “listening session” with parents and teachers, Trump inquired about autism after Jane Quenneville introduced herself as the principal of a Virginia special education center.

“So what’s going on with autism?” Trump asked. “When you look at the tremendous increase, it’s really — it’s such an incredible — it’s really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase. Do you have any idea? And you’re seeing it in the school?”

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