Trump Wrongly Touts Economy Growth Milestone vs. Unemployment

12 September, 2018, 11:10 | Author: Lora Ball
  • The president tweeted a video wishing Clinton a'Happy Anniversary that showed her speech from

From a White House that coined the term "alternative facts", admissions are rare and apologies even rarer. Obama urged the American people to vote Republicans out of office this November to usher in "unity".

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, on Monday told reporters President Donald Trump tweeted an incorrect claim that United States gross domestic product had surpassed the rate of unemployment for the first time in more than a century.

"I guess I have a magic wand", Trump said, pointing to 4.2 percent GDP growth in the last quarter. What magic wand do you have? "What I do know is that's the highest in 10 years".

"And at some point, somebody probably conveyed it to him, adding a zero to that, and they shouldn't have done that", he said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in response to Obama's speech that, "The more former President Obama speaks about the "good ol years" of his presidency, the more likely President Trump is to get re-elected".

"We numbers geeks here at the White House are grateful when the press finds mistakes that we make - we don't like making mistakes but we're grateful when they're pointed out because we want to correct them".

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Gross domestic product under Trump hit 4.1 percent in the second quarter of this year - showing a growing economy.

"I'm not the chairman of the council of Twitter advisers", he said.

Several conservatives jumped on Obama's assertion that President Donald Trump was brought to power by the forces in America that "keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical". Public appearances at the briefings are typically used to praise Trump.

US President Donald Trump has forcefully claimed ownership of the American economy's vigorous health while denigrating the legacy of Barack Obama, the president in office during most of the last decade's expansion, but economists suggest any credit should be shared.

Conservative Eric Bolling tweeted that it is "disgraceful" to see Obama taking credit for Trump's successes.

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