Trump claims he ‘inherited a mess.’ Actually, things were pretty great.

Trump’s attempts to lower expectations don’t really hold up with reality.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

During President Trump’s rather eventful press conference Thursday afternoon, he claimed that he “inherited many problems across government, and across the economy.”

“To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home, and abroad. A mess.”

Among the reasons Trump believes the country is a mess is because “jobs are pouring out of the country,” there is “low pay, low wages,” and there is “mass instability over seas.”


In reality, none of this is true. President Obama handed Trump a very healthy economy.

As the Washington Post has pointed out, it’s true that manufacturing jobs were continuing to disappear as President Obama took office because of the recession he inherited, but after they reached their low point in February of 2010, there was steady growth thereafter. That’s in stark comparison to President George W. Bush’s administration, which saw steady job loss throughout the entire 8 years, with an even sharper decline after the recession hit.

That’s just manufacturing jobs, though. As Obama’s White House boasted just before Trump’s inauguration, there’s been enormous job growth in the private sector:

And as NPR reported last month, wages were also steadily inching upward toward the end of Obama’s administration after taking a massive dip during the recession.

Several folks on Twitter were quick to respond to Trump’s speech with other economic indicators that counter his narrative.

For example, unemployment steadily declined under Obama (post-recession):

The GDP steadily rose under Obama (post-recession):

The Federal Deficit significantly recovered after the recession:

There’s just no shortage of evidence that Trump is flat out wrong.