White House Corrects Trump’s Tweet on GDP, Unemployment

Daniel Fowler
September 12, 2018

Fox Business Network's Charlie Gasparino torched President Donald Trump over his Monday tweet in which he incorrectly claimed that the GDP had eclipsed the unemployment rate for the first time in 100 years.

Mr. Trump inaccurately tweeted earlier Monday.

"Since 1948, there have been 63 quarters with a GDP growth rate higher than avg quarterly unemployment rate", Fox News Research wrote in a tweet, listing the most recent quarters with GDP growth higher than the unemployment rate as Q2 2018 and Q1 2006.

Hours later, Hassett said during a White House briefing that the GDP rate was higher than the unemployment rate for the first time in a decade. "You'd have to talk to the president about where the number came from, but the correct number is 10 years".

Hassett responded to this error by quipping, "I'm not the chairman of the Council of Twitter Advisers". "What is true is that it's the highest in 10 years".

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While that was good news about the economy, Lemon was struck by the president's inability to tell the truth.

But as of 3.15 pm in NY, shortly after Hassett conceded the error and hours after the claim was challenged in news stories, Trump's false tweet about GDP and unemployment remained online.

Last week, The Washington Post counted 4,713 false or misleading claims by the president since he took office ― an average of eight per day.

Last month, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asserted to reporters that Trump had tripled Obama's eight-year job creation record for black workers in just 18 months, quoting numbers that were not even close to accurate.

"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.

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