House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) published a “fact check” of a tweet by President Donald Trump, claiming Monday was his 500th in office.
In her website blog post Tuesday, “Fact Check: President Trump’s First 501 Days,” Pelosi calls out Trump for being a day off in his counting:
“On what was actually his 501st day in office, President Trump celebrated with a self-congratulatory tweet touting the ‘Best Economy & Jobs EVER.’”
Pelosi’s fact-check disputed Trump’s “Best Economy and Jobs EVER” claim by noting that unemployment is only at an 18-year low, GDP growth isn’t as high as it was in the 1960s and 1970s, and wage growth was higher in the 1960s and mid-1980’s:
“Unemployment isn’t at an all-time low”: “The unemployment rate dipped to 3.8 percent in May, reaching an 18-year low.”
“GDP growth isn’t at an all-time high”: “Growth was about 5 percent per year in the 1960s and early 1970s.”
“Wage growth is slower now than in the past”: “In the 1990s, by comparison, wage growth reached about 5 percent, while worker pay also grew faster in the late 1960s and mid-1980s.”
As CNSNews.com reported on June 1, one measure of jobs – the number of employed Americans - set its ninth record under Trump in May:
“The number of employed Americans, 155,474,000, has broken another record -- for the ninth time since President Trump took office, in fact.”
And, while GDP is not at a record high, the Congressional Budget Office projected in an April outlook report that it is heading to a 15-year high this year.