Donald Trump was recently at a United Nations Assembly, where his opening remarks got big, unintended laughs:
In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”
He then paused and said “so true.” Then the laughs started to get louder and more noticeable. Trump then smiled and paused, before responding: “I didn’t expect that reaction but that’s OK.” In his echo chamber of Twitter, Trump routinely boasts that his administration has accomplished more than any other administration. He didn’t expect pushback in front of the United Nations, who have frowned on the Trump administration.
In May 2018, Trump praised his administration over a 17 month period, following the claim that he had one of “the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency” to start his term.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine mocked Trump over an old criticism of former president Barack Obama. The Hillary Clinton 2016 running mate quoted a 2014 tweet in which Trump complained that Obama was a “laughing stock to the entire World” and suggested the country needed a “truly great leader.”
Kaine cattily retweeted it, responding with “I agree.”
I agree. https://t.co/B8FYRjUsJr
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) September 25, 2018
Kaine reminded us in 2016 that if Trump became president, it would be “a disaster for the economy.” Judy Woodruff, the anchor, and editor of PBS NewsHour reminded Kaine of the strong 18 months under the Trump administration, where 3 million new jobs were posted, and the unemployment rate dipped below four percent. Kaine replied with this nugget:
The national economy was strong, in its longest expansion in private sector jobs, before President Trump came into office.”
Kaine was right — Trump inherited the nation’s longest expansion of private jobs. The United States experienced 82 months of private-sector job growth before Trump became president — between March 2010 and December 2016, when Obama was in office. That easily qualifies as one of the longest streaks during eight decades that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been keeping monthly records. The second longest streak was 64 months between May 1995 and October 2000, when Bill Clinton was president.
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