White House adviser admits Trump got his facts wrong in economy tweet

He retweeted Obama on Jimmy Kimmel's'Mean tweets segment of his late night show

Kevin Hassett, chairman of President Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, offered a different view yesterday at a White House briefing.

Gasparino was writing in response to a tweet from Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel.

In the end, Sanders backed down, with evidence that the black employment rate was 3.2 million under the Obama presidency and just 700,000 under Trump.

Gasparino responded with a mix of snark and anger.

He's back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump.

But economists tell AFP the truth is closer to splitting the baby: neither president is exclusively responsible and yet both deserve some of the credit for an economic recovery that without a doubt began under Obama. Sanders stated that while the numbers were true, the time frame was incorrect. They claim Trump is merely enjoying gains started before he took office.

In the longer term, the furor facing Sanders underlined one of the central themes of the midterm campaign so far - that the humming economy should have put Trump in a far better position than he is in now.

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.

In the 70 years since the Labor Department started publishing monthly jobless numbers, the growth rate has been higher than the unemployment level more than 20 percent of the time when compared with GDP, which is reported quarterly.

"And at some point, somebody probably conveyed it to him, adding a zero to that, and they shouldn't have done that", he said. But it plays directly into one of his biggest vulnerabilities, the questions of character that are exacerbated by the constant White House meltdowns.

"By making it about some fact that is not a fact, it takes it away from his economic message".

The president did something last week I have long urged him to do.

Following Friday's blockbuster August jobs report, and with nail-biting midterm elections less than 60 days away, the 44th and 45th presidents crossed swords, with Trump continuing to counterpunch through the weekend and into Monday morning. The survey shows that 69% of voters describe the nation's economy as good. The president should then say if Democrats win a congressional majority they will stifle his successes and try to return to the failed policies of the past.

Inside Trump's wider drop in approval, his rating among independents tumbled from 47% to 31% since August, the kind of number that could do real damage when voters go to the polls.

Obama's speech was part of a carefully coordinated strategy to win back a House majority for Democrats. For the GOP to have a 50% chance of keeping the House it will likely need to rise into the mid-40s.

Last month, a Quinnipiac University poll showed the public may be starting to give Trump an increasing degree of credit for the rosy state of affairs: 52 percent credited Trump, while only 37 percent credited Obama.

If he is to confound history in November, that will have to change.

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