Trump made false claim about economy, GDP, unemployment rate: White House

Trump made false claim about economy, GDP, unemployment rate: White House

Trump made false claim about economy, GDP, unemployment rate: White House

Trump tweeted that the nation's gross domestic product growth was higher than the unemployment rate for the first time in more than a century.

"One amusing aspect of the flap over Trump's comments about last time GDP was higher than unemployment rate: Whether it is 12 years or 100 years, it still never happened under [former President Barack] Obama", Strassel wrote. Economic data show this circumstance last occurred in early 2006, or about 12 years ago. Of course, that statement was nonsense - the GDP has been higher than the unemployment rate on 185 occasions since 1948, as noted by the New York Times.

Mr. Trump made clear he does not plan to surrender to his predecessor easily.

"What is true is that it'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", Hassett said. "Like, from the initial fact to what the president said, I don't know the whole chain of command", Hassett said.

"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".


With his most pointed criticism since leaving office 20 months ago, former President Barack Obama broke his silence on US politics in recent days, first on Friday at a college in IL to criticize "the politics of division and resentment and paranoia" of President Donald Trump and supporters in the Republican Party, then on Saturday at a rally in Anaheim while campaigning for seven Democratic congressional candidates. "We have just begun".

In fact, Obama had been talking about manufacturing jobs - not economic growth - and had said, "He just says, 'Well, I'm going to negotiate a better deal.' Well- what - how exactly are you going to negotiate that?"

This wasn't the first time Hassett has weighed in on a presidential tweet.

When asked about another Trump tweet that misquoted Obama, Hassett told reporters, "I'm not the chairman of the Council of Twitter Advisers".

"Given the two presidents involved, pyrotechnics and bombast were going to happen whether there was a recovery or not", said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and adviser to former Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

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