The White House on Monday admitted a Monday tweet by President Donald Trump about a U.S. economic benchmark being the best in a century was wildly off the mark.
Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors Kevin Hassett owned up to the the presidential error at Monday’s White House press briefing.
He surprised reporters with his answer when asked about the president’s tweet that, ‘The GDP Rate (4.2%) is higher than the Unemployment Rate (3.9%) for the first time in over 100 years!’
‘That’s just not true,’ a reporter told him, correctly.
‘So I can tell you what is true,’ Hassett responded. ‘The history of thought of how errors happen is not something that, you know, I can engage in, because like from the initial fact to what the president said, that I don’t know the whole chain of command,’ he continued.
‘But what is true is that it’s the highest in ten years.’
But Hassett said he did not know the ‘chain of command’ of how the false information got into the president’s hands – although his telling did put the fault with staff, not the president.
‘And at some point, somebody probably conveyed it to him, adding a zero to that and they shouldn’t have done that,’ Hassett said.
‘And I can say that at least we numbers geeks here at the White House are grateful – when the press finds mistakes that we make – we don’t like making mistakes, but we’re grateful when they’re pointed out because we want to correct them,’ Hassett said, making the best of the situation.
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Source: Daily Mail