After years of knocking unemployment reports from the Department of Labor Statistics as “phony,” President Trump has a brand-new outlook now that he’s in the White House.
“Don’t believe these phony numbers,” Trump told supporters early last year. “The number is probably 28, 29, as high as 35 [percent]. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent.”
But when White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about the past versus present on the topic of unemployment today, Spicer replied, “I talked to the President prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly. ‘They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.’”
Spicer quotes President Trump on jobs report: “They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now” https://t.co/FYAXm6dOwX
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