White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered a rare correction and apology after providing false information during a press briefing Tuesday about how many jobs Barack Obama created for blacks during his presidency.
"When President Obama left after eight years in office - eight years in office - he had only created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans", Sanders told reporters.
According to Rasmussen's Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, Trump's approval rating among black voters stands at 36 percent, compared with just 19 percent on the same day a year ago.
Sanders statement was false.
But the numbers Sanders cited, drawn from a report from Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, reflected the Trump administration's unique interpretation of the beginning of a presidential term and accounted only for the first portion of Obama's tenure. Obama added 3 million jobs for the Black community, even after inheriting a disastrous economy from President Bush.
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Sanders later followed with a statement of her own.
"Correction from today's briefing: Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn't", Sanders posted on Twitter. This shouldn't be shocking considering Donald Trump has reportedly lied over 3,000 times since he took office.
The lack of diversity in President Donald Trump's administration has come under fresh scrutiny in the wake of a new tell-all book from former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who was the highest ranking African-American official on Trump's staff. Economists generally regard a president's ability to shape employment trends as limited.
He went on to point to the current black unemployment numbers under Trump before asking, "Juan, didn't do you want a picture with Trump when he was in the building the other day?" "But the real bottom line is that the pace of jobs growth hasn't changed dramatically between the two presidents".
When Obama took office in 2009, 15.5 million African Americans had jobs in an economy filleted by one of the country's worst recessions.