White House Corrects Trump’s Tweet on GDP, Unemployment

Trump wished Clinton a happy anniversary of her'basket of deplorables speech

Trump wished Clinton a happy anniversary of her'basket of deplorables speech

Kevin Hassett, chairperson of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, acknowledged the claim was wrong after media organisations including Bloomberg News published historical data showing the benchmark had been passed many times since 1948.

Wolfers went on Twitter to provide his proof against Trump's statements, taking two full tweets to show every time the GDP growth rate was higher than the unemployment rate in the last 100 years, a total of 60 times.

The Trump administration has been in trouble in the past for inaccurate economic statistics with CNBC reporting that White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders made false claims about the black employment rate.

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"If you look at the collective body of evidence, the notion that what we're seeing right now is just a continuation of trends is not super defensible", Hassett said. "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.

Administration officials rarely contradict the president in public and nearly never from behind the podium, well aware that Trump prizes loyalty above all else in his employees.

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The economy was, however, struggling when Obama took office in 2009. At that time, the American jobless rate was 4.4 percent, and the gross domestic product increased at 16.5 percent in the third quarter - a difference of 12 points. "I like high GDP growth and low unemployment".

They also occurred at the end of Mr Jimmy Carter's and at the start of Mr Ronald Reagan's - leaving Mr Trump and Mr Obama in an unusual tug of war for credit.

"Some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back", Obama said, during a town hall in June 2016 criticizing Trump's campaign.

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