After White House Press Briefing, a 'Rare Correction'

Huckabee Sanders acknowledges inaccurate jobs numbers
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2018 6:01 AM CDT
Updated Aug 15, 2018 6:37 AM CDT
After White House Press Briefing, a 'Rare Correction'
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attends the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, where officials speaks to reporters on recently repatriated remains from North Korea.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

CNN calls it a "rare correction," issued via tweet Tuesday night. During a White House press briefing hours earlier that touched on race and accusations that President Trump used the n-word, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said by way of defense that Trump has already created 700,000 new jobs for African Americans, compared to just 195,000 created by former President Obama during his full eight years. Bloomberg noted that per US Bureau of Labor Statistics, she was off by a factor of about 15: The data shows Obama added about 3 million such jobs.

The White House Council of Economic Advisers apologized on Twitter, saying it "miscommunicat[ed]" with Sanders. Sanders retweeted that and elaborated: "Correction from today's briefing: Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn't. I'm sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump." The Hill reports Sanders didn't elaborate on which time frame she was referencing. The Council of Economic Advisers tweeted figures on the changes in minority employment during the first 20 months of Trump's term and each of Obama's terms, but the figures were presented without comment. (More Sarah Huckabee Sanders stories.)

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