Trump Wrongly Touts Economy Growth Milestone vs. Unemployment

On Monday morning, Trump claimed on Twitter that "The GDP Rate (4.2%) is higher than the Unemployment Rate (3.9%) for the first time in over 100 years!"

At the time, Obama said, "He just says, 'Well, I'm going to negotiate a better deal.' Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that?"

Certainly, the economy is in usually good health: job creation has averaged 211,000 net new positions a month this year, the highest since 2015, when Mr Obama was in charge.

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

Last month, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders falsely claimed that Trump has created three times as many jobs for black workers as his predecessor Barack Obama did during his entire time in office.

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"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".

GDP growth exceeded the jobless rate as recently as the first quarter of 2006, when unemployment was about 4.7 percent and quarterly GDP growth was 5.4 percent, government data show.

Here's Hassett explaining how historians will "100 percent accept the fact" that the economy improved after Trump's election. "I have to kind of remind them, actually, those job numbers are the same as they were in 2015 and 2016", he said in an address in IL. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican "sabotage" has cost 3 million people their health insurance. Public appearances at the briefings are typically used to praise Trump.

He tweeted simply, "Happy Anniversary", captioning a video of the former Democratic presidential nominee speaking at a fundraiser in New York City, saying half of Donald Trump's supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables" characterized by "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic" views.

The Washington Post, Fox News, Bloomberg and several other news organizations published reports finding that the tweet was untrue.

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