In his interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” President Trump talked about the economy he inherited from President Obama, stating, “Whether you like it or not, the economy was very, very weak.”
In talking about unemployment numbers, Trump said the numbers being reported are not consistent with what he is seeing because they don’t take into account “discouraged workers.”
In February, the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“They say 4.6 or 4.7 [percent] and I’m supposed to take a bow. But they’re not really the numbers. You have people who want jobs who have given up looking for jobs, and when you start adding those numbers on to your numbers, it’s not really reflective of where I see.”
The president described many of these disheartened people as “the people that got me elected” and said that he is going to “take care of those people.”
Trump also promoted his “buy American, hire American” economic stance:
“Now, since I was president-elect, the word is out: you want to open a plant in Mexico, that’s fine, but you’re going to pay a very big import tax if you’re going to bring that car back into this country. And you know what? Ford, General Motors, Fiat, so many others … they’re not moving anymore.”
See Thursday’s airing of Carlson’s interview with the president:
H/T: Fox News
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