Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Spicer wears upside down US flag at White House press briefing

Spicer wears upside down US flag at White House press briefing

The jobs report for February, the first full month of the Trump administration, was released on Friday.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data Friday showing that the USA economy added 235,000 jobs in February and that the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.7 percent.

Following Friday's jobs report, stock market futures moved higher, though government bond yields edged lower.

Trump invested a lot of energy insisting on the phoniness of Labor Department jobs numbers ― one of the many lies he told on his way to the presidency. He's had 30 plus executive actions on all sorts of stuff, from regulatory aspects to things that will create more jobs.

During his presentation at the White House, Trump said "nearly half of all private sector workers are employed by small businesses", and "community banks are the backbone of small business in America". The White House has offered no evidence in support of the charges, and has instead pivoted from the president's tweets, which were phrased as declarations of fact, into requests for investigations. He also responded to questions raised ahead of the briefing suggesting that Spicer may have violated a federal rule Friday when he cheered the employment figures.

Spicer gave a curious explanation for the tweet, saying Trump was calling out both the total number of prisoners released and the Obama administration's priority of cutting down on the number of prisoners at Gitmo.

"I think what he wants them to do is to look into wiretapping, other surveillance, and again as I mentioned before, the other leaks that are threatening our national security", he said.

The question was basically, now that the leaked documents could be viewed as reflecting poorly on the Trump administration, had the president changed his tune? "Great news for American workers!"

Spicer was asked about it at the press conference and said the information had been widely reported.

"I think all these stories that keep coming out about the president and his links to Russian Federation, it continues to be the same old, same old, played over and over again", he said. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

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