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Trump Lies—Big League—About How Many Jobs His Administration's Created

President takes credit for 600,000 jobs, but the more accurate number is at least tens of thousands below that

Nadia Prupis

President Donald Trump drastically overstated job creation figures in a meeting with executives on Tuesday, taking credit for the creation of more than 600,000 jobs since he took office.

That's hundreds of thousands—or at least tens of thousands—more than the true total, Politico reported.

"You see what's going on. You see the numbers," Trump said at the strategic and policy discussion at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's State Department Library.

"We've created over 600,000 jobs already in a very short period of time, and it's gonna really start catching on now because some of the things that we've done are big league, and they are catching on. Already, we've created more than almost 600,000 jobs," he said.

It's unclear where the president got his figures.

According to the Labor Department, the U.S. added a combined 317,000 new jobs in February and March, the first two complete months under the Trump administration.

Even if the president could lay claim to the 216,000 jobs created in January—he took office on the 20th—that would still only add up to 533,000, well beneath his claim of 600,000.


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