President Donald Trump on Friday claimed that his daughter Ivanka, a White House adviser, created more than 15 million jobs in the US during his presidency, even though official estimates indicate the country has gained only 6.7 million jobs since 2017.
“And I am especially grateful to Ivanka for her unwavering efforts…making sure people are ready to work,” Trump said during a White House meeting. “And she has now created over 15 million jobs for the people of our country — one of the reasons our unemployment numbers are the best ever.”
“Fifteen million,” Trump said to applause.
“So I just want to thank Ivanka for — for both of the things that you are really focused on,” he continued. “Thank you very much, honey. I appreciate it. (Applause.) Fifteen million jobs. It was going to be 500,000. ‘Daddy, I think we can do 500,000.’ Within about a week, she broke that, and now she is up 15 million jobs. It’s a fantastic thing. (Applause.) I’m not — I’m not surprised, Mike. We’re not surprised.”
Here’s Trump claiming today that Ivanka has “created over 15 million jobs” — or more than twice the number of total jobs created in the entire country since he took office pic.twitter.com/kApQ7dIWcS
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 1, 2020
According to an AP fact check, Trump’s claims are “not remotely true.”
“Less than half that many jobs have been added to the entire workforce during Trump’s presidency and his daughter is not responsible for them,” the AP noted.
The president is referring to a White House initiative led by Ivanka Trump that has garnered nonbinding commitments from companies to provide 14 million or so training opportunities in the years ahead. Training for a job is not working at a job for money.”
The fact-check notes: “There’s no telling how many workers were already going to be trained, absent the initiative. In many cases, the pledge simply confers a presidential seal of approval on what some companies are doing anyway. By having companies sign the pledge, the administration is relying on the private sector to take on more of the financial burden of training workers.”
Trump in November falsely claimed that Ivanka had created 14 million jobs since he took office in January 2017.
During @realDonaldTrump's speech at the Economic Club of NY, he mentioned the #PledgeToAmericasWorkers and the great work that has been accomplished. An initial goal of 500,000 opps pledged to now over 14 million! CC: @IvankaTrump pic.twitter.com/vMOCivj4Tv
— Carolina Hurley (@CLH45) November 12, 2019