MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough blasted President Trump for taking credit for the strong economy, saying: “This is an economy that’s part of the seven-year ongoing recovery,” started by President Obama.
“Yeah, it’s a strong economy,” Scarborough told “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. “But Mika, this is not an economy that Donald Trump gave us. This is an economy that’s part of the seven-year ongoing recovery.”
The former Republican congressman also said this “isn’t the greatest economy ever” and that it “isn’t close to the greatest economy ever.”
“Barack Obama had more people getting jobs his last 16 or 18 months than they had jobs during Donald Trump’s first 16 or 18 months,” he said, referring to Obama’s average of 206,000 monthly job gains vs. Trump’s average of 193,000 monthly job gains.
According to recently released numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in July.
The economy also grew by 4.1 percent in the second quarter. However, Obama delivered four stronger quarters as president. More importantly, GDP is widely expected to slow going forward.
During a rally in Ohio on Saturday, Trump claimed that the U.S. is enjoying “the greatest economy in the history of our country,” while adding that a “red wave” instead of a “blue wave” could occur in November.
“Throughout 120 years, whoever has the White House tends to lose the midterms,” Trump said.
“But we have the greatest economy in the history of our country. If the Democrats get in they are going to raise your taxes, you’ll have crime all over the place and people pouring across our border. I think it’s going to be a red wave.”
The Hill added:
According to a HarrisX/American Barometer poll released last week, voters are split on whether Trump and the Republican party deserve credit for the economy.
Forty-nine percent of respondents said they believed the Trump administration and Republicans deserve credit for recent economic growth, while 51 percent of those polled said they think the economy would have grown regardless of who was in the White House or controlled Congress.