Last week the Whitehouse had to retrace their steps to correct some data that was released with respect to how many jobs were created by Barack Obama for African-Americans. The issue was raised last Tuesday at a press briefing which saw most of the questions relate to TV star turned presidential assistant, Omarosa Manigault Newman. Newman had severally referred to President Trump as racist both in her new book and even on the book tour.
In defense of the President, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, stated that the President had created more jobs for African-Americans in his one and a half years in service than Barack Obama had done in 8 years. To support her claims Sanders presented spurious statistics which sparked serious comments that led to her apologizing about the bogus figures presented.
In Sanders’ first statement she said Trump had created about 700,000 jobs for Afro-Americans in the space of a year and a half compared to Obama’s 195,000 in eight years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics have released a figure of 708,000 for African Americans who have been absorbed into jobs since Trump assumed office. She did not lie about that, if she should be penalized for that figure, it should be for giving less than the actual amount.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also released a figure showing how many blacks were working paid jobs before Obama assumed office and after he left. It shows that Sanders’ statistics are way off as the number when Obama left was 2.9 million than before he assumed office.
Correction from today’s briefing: Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn’t. I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump https://t.co/EXGvbliwlS
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) August 15, 2018
As soon as Sanders released her report, journalists pointed the error all over social media which pushed Sanders to correct her statement, even though it was considered by some as “grudgingly.”