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Trump's First Six Months: Strong Economy, Low Approval

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President Donald Trump is "not even close to being the largest job creator," an MSNBC host said during an interview with a Trump adviser.

During an interview on "MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle," Brad Thomas, a Trump adviser, said that the president had created "over a million jobs" in 2017, according to The Daily Caller.

"What we're seeing now is job creation," said Thomas.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published data on jobs showing that the U.S. had added 1.1 million jobs since February. Host Ali Velshi, however, said the numbers weren't impressive compared to those of other presidents.

"Donald Trump's not even close to being the largest job creator in the first six months of his presidency," said Velshi.

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Trump is eighth out of the 13 past presidents in employment numbers during his first six months as president.

Former President Barack Obama, however, ranked even lower -- in part because he came into the presidency during the Great Recession, according to CNN.

During the interview, Velshi claimed incorrectly that both former President George W. Bush and Obama had better job numbers than Trump during his first six months.

"I've given you evidence, Brad," Velshi said. "Job creation is not as good under President Trump as it was under President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton in the first six months of their office."

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While Obama ranks lower than Trump in his first six months, the former president went on to create 11.3 million jobs over his eight years in office.

Trump's newly released numbers don't differ much from Obama's job numbers during his last six months in office. Trump's 1,074,000 jobs since February and Obama's 1,084,000 jobs during the last months of his presidency are reported to be within the margin of error estimated by the Labor Department.

Obama left office with nearly full employment -- there was  a reported 4.8 percent unemployment rate on Trump's inauguration day.

During the first six months of Bush's first term, the economy lost 515,000 jobs, but during his second term's first six months, the country gained 1.5 million jobs.

In Clinton's first six months, he added 1.3 million jobs in his first term, and 1.7 million during the first six months of his second.

Despite strong economic numbers, Trump's approval ratings remain low.

A recent Gallup poll placed Trump's approval rating at 36 percent, while another from Quinnipiac University found that it was 33 percent.

"Imagine Trump's approval rating if we dip into recession, even if it's not his fault," presidential historian Douglas Brinkley mused. "He'd be operating at 25%."

Brinkley added that the economy would be "a great talking point" for the president.

"It does buy a besieged president breathing room," Brinkley said.

Sources: The Daily Caller, CNN (2) / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Marc Nozell/Flickr

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