Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, on Monday told reporters President Donald Trump tweeted an incorrect claim that U.S. gross domestic product had surpassed the rate of unemployment 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.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in response to Obama's speech that, "The more former President Obama speaks about the "good ol years" of his presidency, the more likely President Trump is to get re-elected".
Most recently, in the first quarter of 2006, the gross domestic product grew at a rate of 5.4 percent, while the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January, 4.8 percent in February and 4.7 percent in March.
The unemployment rate is at near-20-year lows, but recorded its steepest declines while Mr Obama was in charge.
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. "But 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".
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"It was 100% my fault and I apologized immediately", Hassett said, hand over his heart.
The first two numbers are correct, although they measure completely different things, and in different ways.
"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.
The president seemed to be imprecisely referencing remarks made by Obama at a town hall event in 2016, in which he questioned promises from Trump regarding manufacturing jobs, not economic growth. What magic wand do you have?
Hassett responded to this error by quipping, "I'm not the chairman of the Council of Twitter Advisers".
"I think President Obama is a powerful reminder of what a presidential leader looks like, and that's a contrast to Donald Trump", Katie Porter, who is running to unseat California Republican Rep. Mimi Walters, told Politico.