On the heels of a phenomenal jobs report, some critics are actually accusing President Donald Trump of “breaking the law” with a tweet posted early Friday morning.
Shortly before the jobs report came out, the president tweeted, “Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning.”
Notice Trump didn’t say whether the numbers were good or bad. He merely stated he was looking forward to seeing them.
When the numbers did eventually come out, they blew away everyone’s expectations.
The United States economy added 223,000 jobs. The overall unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, an 18-year low, and black unemployment fell to 5.9 percent in May, the lowest its been in recorded history.
However, in what appears to be a desperate attack, some accused President Trump of "breaking the law" with his tweet on Friday morning.
“If the president just tipped that the numbers are good, he broke the law,” Austan Goolsbee, a professor at the University of Chicago, tweeted.
Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury under Bill Clinton, suggested it should be a "major scandal."
"If during the Clinton or Obama Administrations there had been a statement from @POTUS or anyone senior official in the morning before the Employment Report it would have been a major scandal—with all sorts of investigations following on," he tweeted.
One of Obama's former economic advisers, Jason Furman also tweeted, "You should have gotten the employment numbers from the Council of Economic Advisers yesterday. And if this tweet is conveying inside information about a particularly good jobs number you should never get them in advance from the Council of Economic Advisers again."
It just goes to show, no matter what, some of Trump's critics will never give him credit.
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