Donald Trump's preview of jobless report draws criticism

Roman Schwartz
June 2, 2018

A former White House press secretary nodded to the decades of norms that Trump broke.

One hour and nine minutes after Trump's tweet Friday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 223,000 jobs were created in May, beating expectations, and that the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent.

While Trump didn't mention specific numbers or a positive outlook from the report, his decision to comment at all in advance was enough for many to cry foul.

That comment was made, however, shortly after lunch, hours before the White House would have received the jobs data.

That fall in participation was partly responsible for the latest dip in the unemployment rate, said the Economic Policy institute.

A CNBC anchor sent out a picture of the effect of Trump's tweet on the markets.

And late past year, responding to criticism that he had been silent about the deaths of four US Special Forces members in Niger, the president referred the 2010 death of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's son in Afghanistan, publicly revealing what Kelly had shared privately with him - that then-President Barack Obama did not call Kelly after his son's death. "People who happened to be on Twitter at 7:21, you learned that the president was likely happy with the jobs report".

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"Go home you are drunk", was Twitter user Southpaw's response.

Chris Lu, a former deputy secretary for the Labor Department under Barack Obama, noted the president's tweet was a "comment that violates" the directive.

Trump's embrace of the unemployment rate is a far cry from his 2016 campaign rhetoric when he called it "one of the biggest hoaxes in modern politics", suggesting it was a phony number because it showed that the economy was expanding under Obama.

Mexicans living overseas sent home a record amount of cash in April, official data showed on Friday, and analysts expect further growth because of a historically tight USA labor market and worries about President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.

Prior presidents generally followed the protocol closely, though in the 1960s President Lyndon Johnson had a habit of talking about the numbers in advance.

A number of USA employers, from seafood processors to hotels and restaurants, have complained that they can not fill jobs with domestic workers and were shut out of the visa process, which this year was run as a lottery for the first time rather than the usual first-come, first-served basis. Asked if he'll share it with Trump ahead of time again, Kudlow responded, "I have no idea".

U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow is interviewed at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., April 6, 2018. "He is the president".

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