Trump Takes Credit For Good Economy. Joe Scarborough Response Is Perfect
President Donald Trump continues to congratulate himself for the healthy state of the U.S. economy, with its steady growth, low unemployment, busier factories and confident consumers.
But in the 18 months since Trump’s inauguration, most analysts tend to agree on this: The economy remains essentially the same sturdy one he inherited from Barack Obama.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough agrees.
Former President Barack Obama deserves more credit for the strong U.S. economy than President Trump, the ‘Morning Joe’ host said on Monday.
“Yeah, it’s a strong economy,” Scarborough told “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. “But Mika, this is not an economy that Donald Trump gave us. This is an economy that’s part of the seven-year ongoing recovery.”
Scarborough also said that this “isn’t the greatest economy ever” and that it “isn’t close to the greatest economy ever.”
“Barack Obama had more people getting jobs his last 16 or 18 months than they had jobs during Donald Trump’s first 16 or 18 months,” he said.
On Saturday, President Trump declared at a rally in Ohio that the U.S. is enjoying “the greatest economy in the history of our country,” adding that a “red wave” could occur in November.
“Throughout 120 years, whoever has the White House tends to lose the midterms,’ Trump said.
“But we have the greatest economy in the history of our country. If the Democrats get in they are going to raise your taxes, you’ll have crime all over the place and people pouring across our border. I think it’s going to be a red wave.”
According to a HarrisX/American Barometer poll released last week, voters are split on whether Trump and the Republican party deserve credit for the economy.
Forty-nine percent said they believed the Trump administration and Republicans deserve credit for recent economic growth, while 51 percent think the economy would have grown regardless of who was in the White House or controlled Congress due to the Obama-era strong recovery.