Before Trump, Obama was an 'enemy of press freedom'

Dwayne Harmon
September 12, 2018

In a detailed presentation on Monday, top White House economist Kevin Hassett told reporters the world's largest economy turned a corner in the Trump era, pointing to sharp gains in business investment, business sentiment and corporate registrations.

But the Obama administration also celebrated economic gains, with a 5.1 percent GDP in the second quarter of 2014 and four quarters of growth above the 4.0 percentage rate.

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

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

"It was 100% my fault and I apologized immediately", Hassett said, hand over his heart.

And indeed, most of Hassett's comments were flattering as he praised Trump's record on the economy.

"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". Trump went on to argue, "I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this!"

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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.

"Are you kidding?" asked an incredulous Pirro.

"I'm not the chairman of the council of Twitter advisers", he said.

This wasn't the first time Hassett has weighed in on a presidential tweet. "It's the highest in 10 years".

But Trump got it wrong way wrong when he said it hasn't happened in a century.

Donald Trump has been on Twitter again.

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