Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Sarah Sanders Apologizes For False Claim About African-American Jobs

Sarah Sanders Apologizes For False Claim About African-American Jobs

President Trump's economics team apologized on Tuesday after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrongly stated that Trump has created three times as many jobs for black workers as President Obama.

Sanders said at the briefing, "This president since he took office created 700,000 new jobs for African-Americans".

"President Trump in his first year and a half has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years", she told reporters during a Tuesday press briefing.

According to Rasmussen's Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, Trump's approval rating among black voters stands at 36 percent, compared with just 19 percent on the same day past year.

However that statement was false.

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But the numbers Sanders cited, drawn from a report from Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, reflected the Trump administration's unique interpretation of the beginning of a presidential term and accounted only for the first portion of Obama's tenure. When Obama was president, he created almost 3 million jobs for blacks, about 15 times what Sanders claimed. Bloomberg.com reported while Trump has added 700,000 more jobs in the Black community, "Trump inherited an economy on the upswing, and the rate of job growth has not changed significantly during his administration".

"Apologies for @WhiteHouseCEA's earlier miscommunication to [Sanders]", the CEA said on Twitter.

The significant rise in approval is likely to be an endorsement of Trump's economic policies - that have seen record low unemployment among the African-American population - and the stock market rise to record highs. "If you start the clock on Inauguration Day, Obama was slightly ahead".

When Obama took office in 2009, 15.5 million African Americans had jobs in an economy filleted by one of the country's worst recessions.

Sanders' original answer came in response to questions about Trump's use of a racial slur.

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