CNN's Erin Burnett calls BS on Trump economist for claim president cares about the deficit
Right-wing economist Stephen Moore vs. CNN's Erin Burnett (Photo: Screen capture)

CNN host Erin Burnett teamed up with guest Austan Goolsbee to take down informal Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore Wednesday night on Burnett's Outfront.


"Does Trump care at all, Steve, about what he said and what he's doing [regarding reducing the deficit]?" Burnett asked.

"Well, first of all, you know, on the budget deficit, let's not forget, the national debt went up by $10 trillion under Obama, so we have a long way to get to the $10 trillion mark," Moore said, which prompted howls from Burnett and Goolsbee.

"How many wrongs make a right when it comes to that?" Burnett asked when hit with Moore's whataboutism.

"No, no, look. I'm just saying," Moore protested.

Then, former Obama economic advisor Goolsbee got in on the action.

"There has never been a bigger increase in the deficit in the history of the United States [as we have under Trump now]. outside of recessions and wars, and this is the biggest ever," Goolsbee said.

"Hold on, Steve, seriously. [Trump] said he was going to do something about it, and all he has shown is complete and utter disregard for the fact that the number is only going one way, and that's up," a flustered Burnett said.

"So what I'm saying is, the number one goal of Donald Trump, from the first time I started talking to him about this, was to grow the economy, put Americans back to work, get increase manufacturing, increase construction," Moore dodged on the deficit question.

"I mean, look, Erin, we have the best economy in 20 years...we have the best economy for workers in 50 years, you have to go back to when the Beatles were still together [for an economy this good]," Moore continued.

"If things are so great, why do we have all these records on borrowing?" Burnett asked.

Watch the heated segment below.