President Donald Trump invented a quote to slam former President Barack Obama on Monday while touting his own economic achievements. Trump’s fabricated Obama quote appears to be based on a Fox News segment that aired a few minutes before his tweet.
While discussing Obama’s effort to take credit for the strong economy under Trump, Washington Free Beacon writer Elizabeth Harrington said that during the 2016 election, Obama “said that Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% growth.” Obama’s comment actually referred to unemployment, not GDP growth.
“President Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% GDP,” stated President Obama. I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this! We have just begun.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018
— America’s Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) September 10, 2018