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On Monday morning, Trump tweeted that "The GDP Rate (4.2%) is higher than the Unemployment Rate (3.9%) for the first time in over 100 years!"

And the political geography could be interesting here because those, what the Labor Department refers to as goods-producing jobs, tend to be concentrated in more rural and suburban and more Republican parts of the country, the kind of areas where Donald Trump did well in 2016. The economy has improved significantly since he began impending his agenda, but some critics claim the upturn was already in the making.

"The only reason that we have an outsider, businessman president is because of you, your lies, your policies and your divisiveness", Pirro said.

INSKEEP: That's NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley. Democrats appear to have a better than even chance of winning the House and some pundits think the Senate might even be in play.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a series of tweets outlining times he felt Obama was guilty of using divisive language, including his infamous 2008 line where he accused "cynical" voters of clinging to "guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them". Obama said the days of strong economic growth were behind us, that many manufacturing jobs were lost and not returning and that candidate Trump's prediction of 4 percent economic growth was fantasy.

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Hassett's press briefing was largely supportive of Trump's record on the economy, and the comments about the erroneous Twitter post came in response to a question from a reporter. Seventy percent say the economy is good or excellent, yet the president's approval rating, his job approval rating - below 40 percent in that and some other surveys. The problem with that argument is that thanks to Bush's stimulus package inherited by Obama and Joe Biden, the two declared victory over the "Great Recession" as early as the summer of 2009. The sluggish recovery that followed took almost a decade, with some issues still persisting.

Hassett next turned to a slide showing capital goods orders and shipments, which were both trending downwards until the election. Normalcy evaporated and the acrimony and sheer strangeness of the everyday story of the Trump administration took over.

Trump regularly deletes and re-posts tweets to correct misspellings or to rephrase his points.

Companies are much more optimistic and have increased spending on buildings and equipment, Hassett said. He pointed out it was the first time in 10 years that GDP growth exceeded the unemployment rate. The economy also saw in June more job openings than people unemployed for the first time since 2000.


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