President-elect Donald Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton almost a month ago and has done little in that time beyond assembling his incoming administration. Yet, ask former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and Trump has already accomplished more than the entire second term of President Barack Obama.
“Donald Trump, in the first four weeks of his presidency, has done more to help this country than I think Barack Obama has done in the last four years,” Lewandowski told Fox News on Dec. 6, reports Yahoo! News.
Trump is not the president -- Obama is still the president until Trump is both officially selected by the Electoral College on Dec. 19 and then sworn into office on Jan. 20.
Lewandowski cited Trump’s commitment “to reduce the amount of government regulations so they can continue to grow” faster than the current economy -- though Trump has proposed little in the way of concrete policy apart from a potential tax cut.
According to ProPublica, regulations are never the key culprit preventing job growth.
“The key point is that regulation affects the distribution of jobs among industries, but not the total number,” said Roger Noll, co-director of the Program on Regulatory Policy at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
Richard Williams, who directs the policy research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, agrees.
“The economic literature suggests that the effect of regulations is likely small at the macro level,” Williams said in a 2011 letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California. “However, at the micro level, the effect of regulations on job creation and sustainability of particular businesses can be great.”
“It’s certainly true, as people say, that regulation does create jobs,” Williams later told ProPublica. “It requires firms to do something that they’re not doing now, so often they need to hire.”
In his Dec. 6 interview with Fox News, Lewandowski also cited Trump’s deal with the Carrier Corporation to keep 1,100 jobs from leaving Indiana.
“Those are hard-working Americans who are going to be able to keep their jobs here and have a great Christmas,” Lewandowski said, notes Yahoo! News. “You can say again, ‘Merry Christmas,’ because Donald Trump is now the president. You can say it again. It’s OK to say, it’s not a pejorative word anymore.”
But Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworks union 1999, which represents Carrier employees, contests Lewandowski’s claim. Jones stated that only 730 workers at the Indianapolis plant would stay thanks to the Trump deal, and 550 other jobs will be moved to Monterrey, Mexico.
“He got up there, and, for whatever reason, lied his a** off,” Jones said of Trump. “I almost threw up in my mouth.”