During his State of the Union address this Tuesday night, President Trump touted the strong economic winds currently blowing around his presidency. But according to some fact checking by MSNBC's Steve Benen, Trump stretched the truth when it came to who was behind the strong economy.
"One of Trump’s worst habits is his willingness to blur the line between what he wants to be true and what he presents as true," Benen writes. "During his tenure, the Republican has, for example, occasionally described imagined legislation that he thought sounded good, and he’s pretended the bills were real. He’s described imagined conversations, and he’s pretended that they’re real. He’s even described imagined accomplishments, and he’s pretended that they’re real."
"Last night, however, the president described an imagined economic record, and he pretended it was real – except it’s not," he added.
According to Benen, Trump inherited the current economy from his predecessor, President Barack Obama. Nevertheless, three years into Trump's presidency, job growth has slowed, "economic growth has fallen short of both the growth we saw in Obama’s second term and Trump’s ambitious promises," wages have stagnated, income inequality has gotten worse, and the nation’s finances have deteriorated "with very little to show for it."
"The point is not to suggest the economy is in bad shape," Benen writes. "It’s not and it’d be foolish to suggest otherwise. Rather, the point is Trump need not lie about his record or exaggerate the economy’s health. The truth should be good enough: he inherited a healthy economy, and at least so far, he hasn’t derailed the recovery that began a decade ago."
Read Benen's full fact check over at MSNBC.