President Donald Trump entered office Jan. 20 and his work for the month consisted of just 10 days of work. Still, his White House is claiming credit for the jobs report for the month of January.
In his press conference Friday, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer announced that the 227,000 jobs gained in January comes from a confidence in Trump’s presidency. The numbers are on track with the last several months of job growth in President Barack Obama’s administration
Speaking to CNN Friday, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors Austin Goolsbee explained that this month marks the longest string of private sector job growth in the history of the U.S.
“I think what you just saw was we had the starting quarterback in the last seven years of recovery, took him out with 30 seconds left of the Super Bowl and now the new guy is saying I won the game,” Goolsbee explained. “The unemployment rate is — the survey for the unemployment rate, the reference week that the jobs numbers came from was before Donald Trump was in office, so they’re for sure trying to take credit for something that happened before they got there.”
Fellow panelist Prof. Peter Morici from the University of Maryland agreed, saying that if the jobs report had been lousy, Spicer would have blamed Obama and claimed they were there to help.
Spicer also noted in his press conference that the unemployment rate was at 4.8 percent. Just last week a reporter asked him what the White House believed the unemployment rate to be since they didn’t agree that it was 4.8 percent as rated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Spicer refused to answer the question, claiming that to the president it isn’t about a number but about “the faces of Americans.”
Watch the full discussion below: