The White House on Monday admitted Monday's tweet by President Donald Trump on a US economic benchmark that is the best in a century that was misplaced.
The president of the Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, acknowledged the presidential error in the press conference of the White House on Monday.
Surprised the journalists with their response when asked about the president's tweet that, & # 39; The GDP rate (4.2%) is higher than the Unemployment Rate (3.9%) for the first time in more than 100 years! & # 39;
"That's not true," a journalist told him, correctly.
"But what is certain is that it is the highest in ten years," Trump economic adviser Kevin Hassett told reporters on Monday.
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"So I can tell you what is true," replied Hassett. "The history of thinking about how mistakes occur is not something I can participate in, because as from the initial event to what the president said, I do not know the whole chain of command," he continued.
"But what is certain is that it is the highest in ten years."
But Hassett said he did not know the 'chain of command'. how the false information came to the hands of the president, although his intervention blamed the staff, not the president.
"And at some point, someone probably passed it on, adding a zero to that and they should not have done that," Hassett said.
OUT OF 90 YEARS: The White House said that "someone probably relayed" bad information to Trump ", adding a zero & # 39;
"And at some point, someone probably passed it on, adding a zero," Hassett postulated.
Hassett also apologized for an error about African-American unemployment
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said previously that Trump had made more progress in African-American employment than President Obama in eight years. Hassett said he gave Sanders a "bad number" and apologized
"And I can say that at least the geeks here in the White House are grateful, when the press finds mistakes we make, we do not like to make mistakes, but we are grateful when they are pointed out because we want to correct them," Hassett said. bringing out the best in the situation.
Then he mentioned another flagrant recent mistake, when Sanders asserted inexorably that Trump had made more progress in African-American employment than President Obama in eight years.
Hassett did not get involved when asked if he knew Obama once said the appointment that Trump attributed to him.
He later admitted: "The numbers of Jobs for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama was not right, I regret the mistake, but I do not apologize for the 700,000 jobs for African-Americans created under President Trump." .
The Council of Economic Advisers apologized online and took the blame. Hassett added Monday: "And you may have noticed that they gave Sarah a bad number a few weeks ago, that it was 100% my fault and I apologized immediately, we created it. I would have to talk to the president about where the number came from. , but the correct number is ten years, "he concluded.
His language included enough room for maneuver that he did not completely rule out that the president had made his own mistake.
"I'm not the chairman of the Twitter advisory board," Hassett joked.
The inaccurate tweet acknowledgment came at a briefing in which press secretary Sanders faced a series of questions about the president's claim that Bob Woodward's book "is a scam." But Sanders said the White House did not plan to produce a point-by-point refutation of the claims in the book it said were false.
Trump has attacked journalist Bob Woodward as a "liar" after the releases of his new book, "Fear," which represents total chaos within the White House.
Hassett also eluded a follow-up question about where Trump received a quote attributed to President Obama on Monday.
Author and journalist Bob Woodward said Monday on NBC that President Donald Trump is chronically deceitful and distant from the reality of his work
Trump has been at full volume trying to diminish Woodward's credibility before Tuesday's publication of the book "Fear", complaining that the book used "refuted" sources to make it a kneecap.
"President Trump would need a magic wand to reach 4% of GDP," President Obama said, "Trump wrote," I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this! start ".
When asked if Obama ever said that, Hassett declared himself ignorant. I do not know. I am sorry. And again, I'm not the president of the "Twitter Advisors Council", he said.
Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis indicates that 185 months have passed since 1948, when the national GDP at an annualized rate exceeded the unemployment rate, according to the New York Times. It happened for the last time in 2006.
"The economy is so good, maybe the best in the history of our country," Trump tweeted Monday morning.