Trump's tweet on GDP and unemployment is wrong

Andrew Cummings
September 12, 2018

This time to tout his economic success, with the GDP growth rate hitting 4.2 percent for the last quarter and topping the unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, something Trump claimed "for the first time in 100 years".

At a White House briefing, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers set the record straight on a tweet Trump posted earlier, where the president said "The GDP Rate (4.2%) is higher than the Unemployment Rate (3.9%) for the first time in over 100 years!"

Gasparino responded with a mix of snark and anger.

Wolfers had tweeted a response to Trump's claim soon after he made it.


Wilson, who worked in the State Department under Dick Cheney and was a campaign strategist for Rudy Giuliani, spoke about his new book, ["Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever,"]( //www.amazon.com/dp/dp/1982103124/?tag=saloncom08-20) on "Salon Talks".

Sanders was asked to explain Trump's threat to turn the criminal investigative instruments of his administration on the author of an anonymous New Times op-ed that panned his leadership. They claim Trump is merely enjoying gains started before he took office. Small-business owners, as a whole, became far more optimistic about the economy after Trump's election.

HORSLEY: Well, it may be that people are not giving President Trump credit for that positive economy, or it may simply be that however they feel about the economy, it's trumped by other things they think about the president. What is true is that it's the highest in 10 years.

Hassett said he suspected someone "added a 0" to the fact as it was "conveyed" to the president. But it plays directly into one of his biggest vulnerabilities, the questions of character that are exacerbated by the constant White House meltdowns. "We know that is not the ground you want to be on", said Kristen Soltis Anderson, a Republican pollster and Washington Examiner columnist on CNN. You've seen a steady march upward in the total number of jobs, a steady march downward in the unemployment rate, but Hassett was trying to show some different graphs where you show a turnaround beginning right around November 2016 when Donald Trump was elected.


Hillary couldn't win on Obama's record: Lastly, if Obama's economy was so great, why couldn't Hillary Clinton ride the wave into the presidency like George H.W. Bush was able to do with Ronald Reagan? The survey shows that 69% of voters describe the nation's economy as good.

Obama's speech was part of a carefully coordinated strategy to win back a House majority for Democrats.

Trump's best hope of avoiding a nightmare scenario of a Democratic House that could cripple his administration may lie in a broadening national appreciation of his economic leadership and a bumper turnout from his loyal grassroots base. Hassett's upbeat messaging is a good place to start.


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