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 growth has exceeded the unemployment rate for the first time in over 100 years. Hassett says it's 10 years https://t.co/KrFMGb2jDV pic.twitter.com/bGRSD69RvF
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 10, 2018
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 (@ajsnini) September 10, 2018
Kevin Hassett sounded like a fool, saying that the timeline was 10 years and “someone” must have mistakenly added a zero!! Could that someone possibly have been the Orange Moron?
— NeverMyPrez (@kene0222) September 10, 2018
I dunno, I think it’ll be forgiven. He blamed the mistake on a pretend staffer adding a zero—NOT Trump.
Kevin went out and lied, saying everything was due to Trump and shat on Obama. Hassett just passed his loyalty test, bigly.
— Jonny Pullen (@JonnyPullen) September 10, 2018
They’re just numbers. They’re all the same.
— Matthew Gellert (@MatthewGellert) September 10, 2018
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.