White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized on Tuesday for providing inaccurate statistics to wrongly claim that more jobs have already been created for African Americans under President Trump than there were under former President Barack Obama.
Sanders claimed during Tuesday’s press briefing that Obama oversaw the creation of 195,000 jobs for African-Americans during his eight years in office. The actual number is close to 3 million.
“Correction from today’s briefing: Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn’t,” Sanders tweeted Tuesday night in a rare correction from a Trump administration official.
“I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump,” she added.
Correction from today’s briefing: Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn’t. I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump https://t.co/EXGvbliwlS
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) August 15, 2018
The Hill notes:
Sanders did not provide any specifics on the timeframe during which 195,000 jobs were added for African-Americans under Obama. She quoted a White House Council of Economic Advisers tweet that apologized to Sanders for a “miscommunication.”
The Council of Economic Advisers tweeted data that showed changes in minority employment 20 months after each of the past three elections. The group provided no further context for the numbers, nor did it directly address where Sanders’s inaccurate claim came from.
— CEA (@WhiteHouseCEA) August 14, 2018
Sanders provided the inaccurate information while responding to questions about whether Trump had ever used the “n-word.”
Asked if she could guarantee that the public will “never hear” Trump say the racial slur on a recording, Sanders said she “can’t guarantee anything” before quickly changing the topic to economic gains made under Trump.
“This is a president who is fighting for all Americans, who is putting policies that help all Americans, particularly African-Americans,” Sanders said. “Just look at the economy alone.”
“I’ve never heard him use that term or anything similar" but “I can't guarantee” that President Trump hasn't used the n-word, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says pic.twitter.com/nyBWLCeCgj
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 14, 2018