Huckabee Sanders apologizes for false statement about black employment


WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized late Tuesday for wrongly stating that President Trump has created three times as many jobs for black workers as President Obama did.

At a news conference Tuesday, Sanders said Obama created 195,000 jobs for African Americans during his eight years in office.

“When President Obama left after eight years in office — eight years in office — he had only created 195,000 jobs for African Americans,” Sanders told reporters. “President Trump in his first year and a half has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years.”

Sanders’s statement was false. According to official statistics, black employment in the U.S. increased by nearly 3 million jobs from January 2009 through January 2017. From January 2017 through July of this year, black employment has increased by about 700,000 jobs.

Later Tuesday, the WH Council of Economic Advisers took responsibility for the mistake & published new data comparing black job creation following Obama’s elections in 2008 & 2012 with black job creation following Trump’s election in 2016.

“Apologies for @WhiteHouseCEA’s earlier miscommunication to [Sanders],” the CEA said on Twitter.

Sanders later followed with a statement of her own.
“Correction from today’s briefing: Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn’t,” she said on Twitter. “I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump.”

The selection of dates is somewhat unusual because it takes into account job gains or losses before Trump and Obama took office. In any event, economists generally regard a president’s ability to shape employment trends as limited.

“If you start the clock on Election Day, Trump’s first 20 months slightly outperformed the beginning of Obama’s second term in African American employment growth,” said Ernie Tedeschi, who served as an economist in Obama’s Treasury Department. “If you start the clock on Inauguration Day, Obama was slightly ahead. But the real bottom line is that the pace of jobs growth hasn’t changed dramatically between the two presidents.”

Sanders’s original answer came in response to questions about allegations that Trump used a racial slur.


You’re assuming they WANT real news stories, which I think it a stretch.


Among the duties of the press in this country is to correct the record when the government makes false claims - which Sanders did in a press briefing. Sander’s apology should correct the record regarding a falsehood that is widely repeated.

It is news only to people who care about truth.


Sanders reported bad information that was given to her by the WH Council of Economic Advisers then later corrected the record. Oh, the Horror!!! What kind of monstor would do such a thing?!?


Where did that come from? That sentiment wasn’t in the news article or in any post except yours. Do you think think that correcting an error is a “horror”?

I think that everyone makes mistakes and that it is important to correct the record when errors are made on behalf of the government - which Sanders did. Hopefully, that particular falsehood will no longer be repeated by others.


Fake or not, real or not, it would be nice to hear non-contradictory reporting and sources.

That leaves Giuliani out.


She is the White House Press Secretary so it is her job to speak on behalf of the Trump administration. Is it your point that she should be replaced?


You can often glean a reasonable semblance of the truth by listening to various versions, but usually not by listening to only one. Giuliani is hardly the worst offender.



And did you find sarcasm effective? Did it suit your purpose?


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