After President Donald Trump tweeted the false claim that the United States' Gross Domestic Product was higher than the unemployment rate for the first time in over a century, Kevin Hassett, the White House Chief Economic Advisor took to the podium to walk back the president's statements.
It was an awkward exchange.
White House chief economic adviser Kevin Hassett contradicts President Trump's tweet falsely stating that GDP growt… https://t.co/4e6uvn72Vk— CBS News (@CBS News)1536605230.0
When a journalist asked Hassett why Trump made claims that were "just not true," Hassett responded, "I can tell you what is true," which was inadvertently met with laughter from reporters.
Let me just say, the history of thought of how errors happen is not something i can engage in, because from the initial fact to what the president said, that I don't know the whole chain of command, but what is true is that it's the highest in 10 years, and at some point somebody probably conveyed it to him, adding a zero and they shouldn't have done that."
The statement wasn't exactly well received.
um, no they didn't Mr. Hassett - Biff added the extra zero all on his own. https://t.co/YeAaNScvFB— Judie Schill (@Judie Schill)1536608021.0
@Acosta Kevin Hassett sounded like a fool, saying that the timeline was 10 years and “someone” must have mistakenly… https://t.co/cCpv1AW3Ox— All Roads Lead to Putin (@All Roads Lead to Putin)1536607425.0
@pdacosta I dunno, I think it’ll be forgiven. He blamed the mistake on a pretend staffer adding a zero—NOT Trump.… https://t.co/NjArTtJBSl— Jonny Pullen (@Jonny Pullen)1536608395.0
@CBSNews 10...100...1000! They’re just numbers. They’re all the same.— Matthew Gellert (@Matthew Gellert)1536605608.0
To Hassett's credit, he did make one statement rarely heard from Trump advisors:
When the press finds mistakes...We don't like making them but we are grateful to have them pointed out because we want to correct them."
The economy is a sensitive subject for the Trump White House. On one hand, job growth and a stable economy has been the main talking point of an administration that, at times, seems barely able to stay afloat. Yet those within it, especially Donald Trump, can't admit that it's largely due to the previous president, often leading the administration to misrepresent the origins of the progress made during Obama's and Trump's tenures.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently touted wildly innaccurate job growth numbers, claiming that Donald Trump created more jobs in his two years as president than Obama managed to do in eight. While Sanders asserted that Obama's total job creation was around 700,000 when in actuality, it was over three million.
Trump was also irked at a recent speech given by Obama at the University of Illinois, in which Obama reminded the crowd that the economy Trump so often touts was majorly due to him.
Trump took to Twitter, retweeting his supporters in an effort to blast the claim.
“Barack Obama talked a lot about hope, but Donald Trump delivered the American Dream. All the economic indicators,… https://t.co/itpfCVmdeA— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1536499924.0
“President Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% GDP,” stated President Obama. I guess I have a magic wand, 4.… https://t.co/UYndIEc2iV— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1536590554.0
The Economy is soooo good, perhaps the best in our country’s history (remember, it’s the economy stupid!), that the… https://t.co/gSs6HTpdXp— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1536587838.0
It's unclear whether or not Obama's economy will stay afloat in Trump's White House long enough to be a talking point of the 2020 campaign.