Last week, nearing his 100th day in office, Donald Trump made the statement that he and his administration had created over 600,000 new jobs in these just 3 months in office. If that number seems a little bit high to you, or even outright laughable, that’s because it’s an insane, outrageous lie.
“We’ve created over 600,000 jobs already in a very short period of time, and it’s going to really start catching on now, because some of the things that we’ve done are big league and they are catching on,” Trump said Tuesday to a group of business leaders meeting at the White House.
According to data from his own government, that is simply not true. Preliminary statistics were released by the U.S. Labor Department that shows a total of 219,000 jobs created in February and 98,000 in March, which is a total of 317,000 new jobs….a far cry from Trump’s 600,000 claim.
CNN Money points out that took office January 20, which mean she only spent 11.5 days of that month as the president, but nevertheless Trump includes the jobs created in January as part of his claim. However, even including January numbers the of 216,000 jobs created, the total is still only 533,000.
The president has tried to claim credit for jobs created by many U.S. and international companies active in the country since his election. Some of these companies—such as Intel and ExxonMobil— have acknowledged that Trump’s pro-business policies have played a role in their decisions. But many of the programs have been in the works long before Trump even decided to run for the presidency, and several companies have made no reference to the new administration when announcing new jobs.
So far in 2017, the U.S. economy has added an average of 178,000 jobs per month—slightly lower than the 2016 average of 187,000 under the Obama administration. And Trump is currently some way short of his promise to create 25 million jobs in the next decade, or 208,333 per month.
Our president is a pathological liar. He cannot tell the truth, no matter what the topic. And unfortunately, there are still a bunch of people that believe every word he says. To them, it doesn’t matter that factual, provable data shows Trump didn’t create 600K jobs. If Trump says he did, then he did. Sad.