Donald Trump insisted that the U.S. is failing as a nation this past week, leading up to President Barack Obama’s hopeful State of the Union Address on Jan. 12.
“Right now, the state of our union is a mess,” Trump told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Jan. 10.
The GOP presidential candidate dismissed both reports that China is facing a financial crisis and that the U.S. has had the best two years of job growth in over a decade.
Rather, Trump insisted that China is besting the U.S. both economically and in leadership, and he added that its current economic woes are “a digestion problem."
"China’s going to be fine," Trump said. "They manipulate their currency. They will manipulate it again … they will be fine and we will be hurt.”
The business mogul refused to take the encouraging new jobs report seriously. Referencing U.S. productivity, the lack of wage raises for average workers over the last 10 years, and the phenomena of people working temporary jobs that don’t pay well, Trump said that the jobs report was “fiction.”
“Our economy's doing horribly,” Trump concluded.
President Obama’s State of the Union address was often a rebuttal to Trump’s negative outlook on America prosperity.
“Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction,” Obama said, according to a New York Times transcript.
“What is true — and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious — is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit, changes that have not let up,” the president added.
During an interview with Fox Business host Neil Cavuto Jan. 12, Trump repeated his stance that the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction.
“We are doing very poorly in our country,” Trump said. “The economy is terrible. Jobs have been taken away -- the real jobs, not the crummy jobs that they report all the time.
“ ... The country is just not the same. ... Frankly, the country is a mess and we are going to straighten it out and make America great again.”