White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealed Friday that President Trump does not believe the new jobs report is "phony," as he has described them in the past under former President Barack Obama.
When pressed by a reporter over whether the new jobs report, which was released Friday morning, was "phony" or "totally fiction" as Trump has claimed in the past, Spicer quoted Trump's reaction earlier in the morning and said that he does in fact believe them now.
"I talked to the president prior to this and he said to quote him very clearly," Spicer said before quoting the president. "They may have been phony in the past, but they are very real now."
Friday's jobs report, which was the first full month of statistics released under the Trump presidency, saw 235,000 new jobs added to the economy and the unemployment rate tick down to 4.7 percent, which is now at a pre-recession level. The Democratic National Committee, however, gave credit to Obama for the new job figures, which Spicer was also asked about on Friday.
Press Sec. on Pres. Trump having previously called jobs reports "phony": "They may have been phony in the past but it's very real now." pic.twitter.com/IrWk8xMRFr— ABC News (@ABC) March 10, 2017
"I'm sure they did," Spicer said, referring to the DNC giving Obama credit. "Numbers are going to go up and down. We recognize that ... I don't believe I've ever seen the number of CEO's and businesses come out and talk about investments and continuing investments and the expansion of investments or hiring based on the vision and agenda of an administration the way they have in this one."
On the campaign trail, Trump was an open skeptic of the job numbers released each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At one point last year he said that the "real" unemployment rate could have been as high as 42 percent.
"Don't believe these phony numbers," Trump said at a campaign rally. "The number is probably 28, 29, as high as 35 [percent]. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent."