Immediately after the conclusion of President Trump’s press conference, CNN’s John King used facts to prove that Trump’s claim that he inherited a mess from former President Obama was a lie.
CNN’s John King pushed back on Trump’s claim that he inherited a mess, “He inherited a lot of problems. There’s no doubt about that, and he has every right to have a different answer to those problems than the previous Democratic administration. However, he inherited a mess? When President Obama came into office, the economy was bleeding more than 600,000 jobs a month. The unemployment rate was 7.8% on its way to 10%. Donald Trump came into office. In the last month of the Obama administration, the economy added 227,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate is 4.7% or 4.8%, so he has every right to say that there are problems he wants to deal with, but the idea that he came into this swirling cesspool. It’s just not a fact.”
By no metric can what Trump inherited by objectively defined as a mess. Obama left Trump a growing economy, an America with a stable place a top global leadership, ISIS was being pushed out of territory that they had taken, more Americans had health care than at any point in US history.
Sure, there were problems at home and abroad that needed to be addressed, but if Trump wants to see what inheriting a mess looks like, he should look at what Obama was stuck with when he came into office. Obama had to save the US economy from slipping into a depression and end two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trump’s constant attacks on the credibility of CNN have caused the network to step up their game. CNN isn’t giving Trump’s lies lip service. John King didn’t give Trump the benefit of the doubt. He took apart Trump’s lies with facts and showed the entire country that the current president is not telling the truth.
The result of John King’s destruction of the President’s false statement was another lost battle for Trump in his war against the press.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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