(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump may have thought jobs reports were “phony in the past,” but they’re “very real now,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Friday.
“In the past, the president has referred to particular job reports as phony or totally fiction. Does the president believe that this jobs report was accurate and a fair way to measure the economy?” a reporter asked Spicer.
“Yeah, 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 said.
As CNSNews.com reported, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that in February, the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate “dropped a tenth of a point to 4.7 percent.”
When asked how much of the February jobs numbers that the president should be credited for and how he would “characterize the economy that President Trump was handed over by [former] President Obama,” Spicer said, “Look, numbers are going to go up and down. We recognize that, but I think there’s no question when you look at the CEOs that hire people, and the CEOs that have talked about how the investments that they want to make in America, you know you can look back over the several administrations.
“I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the number of CEOs and businesses come out and talk about investments and continuing investments and the expansion of investments or hiring based on the vision and agenda of an administration the way they have in this one, and so it’s not just a question of what we believe,” he said.
“I think if you look at the automakers, the other manufacturers, and frankly some of the service industries that have come out and talked about the investment that they’re gonna make or the continuation of a project that they had going or the movement of a manufacturing plant or job investment. Those speak for themselves. It’s not a question of what we believe,” Spicer said.
“I think it’s the question of U.S. manufacturers and job creators and businesses are making because they want to buy into the president’s agenda and vision to create more tax and regulatory business-friendly environment to grow here, and I think that those speak for themselves,” he added.
When asked whether Trump’s policies are already making an impact, Spicer said, “Absolutely! Look at the confidence indexes. They’re all going to the top. I think the stock market has generated over $3 billion of additional wealth since he was elected.
“There are several economic indicators that show signs of strength because of the president’s vision and agenda, and I don’t think that that’s any secret,” he said.
Spicer said that economists and business leaders have confidence that the president’s agenda will yield a “favorable business climate to hire more Americans, to expand the manufacturing base in America, to make us more competitive around the globe.”
“So I do believe that, but I don’t think it’s a question of what I believe or what the administration believes. I think if you look at what outside economists and what business leaders do, they confirm that,” Spicer said.