WH Advisor Admits Trump Lied About GDP


White House economist Kevin Hassett admitted Monday that President Donald Trump was wrong in claiming GDP growth was higher than the unemployment rate for the first time in more than a century. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Hassett also ducked a follow-up question about where Trump got a quote he attribute to President Obama on Monday.

President Trump on Monday mocked former President Obama for betting against the economic boom under Mr. Trump, taunting him with the recent 4.2 percent GDP growth.

On social media, the Fox News Research Twitter account posted an embarrassingly accurate pushback to one of Trump's lies.

"He just says, 'Well, I'm going to negotiate a better deal.' Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that?"

"We were prepared to do this briefing a few weeks ago, and there's not in any way a timing that's related to President Obama's Friday remarks", Hassett said.

"The data are clear that the expansion began under President Obama and if you just draw a straight line through much of it, you'll find that Trump is just riding on the trends that he inherited", said Bernstein.

Asked if Obama ever said that, Hassett pleaded ignorance. "And, usually, the answer is he doesn't have an answer", Obama said then.

Kevin Lewis, the former spokesman, told Hill.TV that Obama came into office when both the US and global economy were in a "free fall", and that he made the "necessary steps" and worked with Congress to ultimately save both.

Last month, a Quinnipiac University poll showed the public may be starting to give Trump an increasing degree of credit for the rosy state of affairs: 52 per cent credited Trump, while only 37 per cent credited Obama. But, as Mallin pointed out, Obama never mentioned the GDP.