White House economists apologize after Huckabee Sanders' false statement about black employment

by Frankie Norman August 16, 2018, 11:52
White House economists apologize after Huckabee Sanders' false statement about black employment

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the White House values diversity, but she would not say how many black staffers there are in the West Wing.

The lack of diversity in President Donald Trump's administration has come under fresh scrutiny in the wake of a new tell-all book from former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who was the highest ranking African-American official on Trump's staff.

Sanders backtracked in a snarky tweet, writing, "Correction from today's briefing: Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn't". "When President Obama left, after eight years in office -eight years in office, he had only created 800 - or 195,000 jobs for African Americans".

"This President since he took office, in the year and a half that he's been here, has created 700,000 new jobs for African-Americans", Sanders said from the White House podium. After eight years of president Obama in office, he only created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans.

Such figures are even more impressive given Trump's disappointing performance with black voters during the 2016 presidential election, where he garnered just eight percent support among black men and four percent support among black women.

The misinformation originated with the White House's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), which posted data showing changes in minority employment 20 months after the last three election cycles.

Black employment increased by nearly three million jobs between January 2009 and January 2017.

CEA did not immediately respond to a request to explain why it chose these dates, which elide that Obama was elected amid the Great Recession and one of the worst periods for jobs loss in recent US history.

She continued: "That's 700,000 African-Americans that are working now that weren't working when this President took place".

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