Donald Trump has claimed credit for unemployment figures and job creation in January, February, and March of this year. Donald Trump is full of crap (we’ve discussed how assigning to Presidents credit for economic outcomes is fallacious), but let’s make him roll in his crap.
Donald Trump is slowing the economy:
The U.S. economy grew by just 0.7 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest report from the Commerce Department. That’s below market expectations, and indicates the economy grew at the slowest pace in three years.
Weak auto sales and lower home-heating bills dragged down consumer spending, offsetting a pickup in investment led by housing and oil drilling. Employment costs rose 0.8 percent in the first quarter.
This “advance” estimate showed the U.S. economy with its slowest growth since the first quarter of 2014. The GDP growth for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 2.1 percent [Laurel Wamsley, “GDP Grew Just 0.7 Percent in First Quarter of 2017,” NPR: The Two-Way, 2017.04.28].
Donald Trump is also making inflation worse than Barack Obama did:
The price index for gross domestic purchases, which measures the prices paid for goods and services purchased by consumers, increased 2.6 percent in the first quarter. That’s compared with an increase of 2.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 [Wamsley, 2017.04.28].