The Trumps would seemingly desperately like everyone to think that despite the only barely metaphorical smoke coming out of the White House, everything is coming along just fine under President Donald Trump’s leadership. This Friday, they seized on the latest jobs update from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as evidence for their greatness — although just to be clear, the number of jobs added in the final two Octobers of Barack Obama’s time in office was equal to or higher than what the economy is currently estimated to have added last month. Still, Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka rushed to Twitter to shout about how the economy’s on “fire.”
‘Super jobs numbers today. 128,000 new jobs in October, adding to the +6.7 MILLION jobs created since President Trump’s election. The economy is on [fire]!’
Just to be clear, Donald Trump is not personally responsible for all of these jobs. Other presidents have presided over job growth too, despite the bombast with which Ivanka tries to claim these numbers as some kind of symbol of greatness or whatever.
At least Ivanka didn’t take the route her father did in announcing the numbers. He claimed that 303,000 jobs had been added — but it’s still not clear where this number came from or what it refers to. Ivanka’s tweet is correct in saying that some 128,000 new jobs were added in October. Trump’s claim of 303,000 jobs obviously isn’t that, and neither does it correspond to revised numbers from previous months that were included in the latest report, even when those numbers are added up.
Check out Twitter’s response to Ivanka…