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The ongoing strong US economy is the continuing result of President Barack Obama’s policies rather than anything Donald Trump has accomplished, according to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, one of more than 20 Democrats contending for the presidential nomination.
The unemployment rate sat at 3.6 percent, according to data reported last week by the federal government. That figure is the best jobless rate since 1969.
Trump administration officials and allies tried to claim credit, including Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser.
“You’ve got a very strong economy, and again, I will say what you and I talked about President Trump’s policies, tax cuts, deregulation, opening energy, trade reform, stable dollar and so forth, he is rebuilding this economy,” Kudlow said.
Klobuchar, the senior senator from Minnesota, was having none of it.
“I give our workers and our businesses the credit, Jake,” Klobuchar told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “When you’re out there across the country, you see people working harder and harder every day. And this has meant that we are — our businesses are strong, and we’re selling American goods.
“That being said, a lot of people aren’t sharing in this prosperity because of the costs, the cost of college, the cost of health care, the fact that the president had promised that he would bring down the prices of their prescription drugs, and that just hasn’t happened,” Klobuchar added.
“So, when you get out there and you see the energy out there and the concern, talk to farmers who are trying to sell their soybeans. There are people out there that are not sharing in this economic prosperity. And it’s not fair. And it’s not the American way,” she continued. “So, while we attribute a lot of this to our workers and to our businesses, we know we can do better as a country.”
When Tapper asked Klobuchar directly whether Trump deserves credit for the best unemployment in half a century, that’s when she pivoted to Obama’s efforts to dig the nation out of the Great Recession.
“And I remember that the Republicans were giving him grief when he took any credit for that,” Klobuchar said. “So, I think that we have had policies in place, starting with President Obama, that have aided that recovery.
“But what I believe is that we should be governing from opportunity and not chaos,” she added. “And my problem with President Trump, and I think the problem you’re seeing from the citizens of this country when you mention those numbers and what’s happening is, they see chaos every day.
“They wake up in the morning, and they see a mean tweet, or they see some inconsistent policy that causes chaos during the day. They want to have a leader that their kids can look up to,” Klobuchar concluded.