An MSNBC panel on Friday worked overtime to put a negative spin on the excellent May jobs report that showed better-than-expected job growth and low unemployment.
The jobs report showed that 223,000 jobs were added in May — more than economist predicted — and that unemployment dropped to 3.8 percent. (RELATED: 223,000 Jobs Added In May, Unemployment Falls To 3.8 Percent)
The MSNBC panel admitted that the numbers were great, but then quickly pivoted to criticize Trump for tweeting that he was “looking forward to seeing the employment numbers” before the report was released.
Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2018
“The president, he certainly wanted us to pay attention,” anchor Stephanie Ruhle said. “At 7:30 this morning he sent out this tweet…I completely understand why the economy is a win for the president but to send this tweet out one hour before it becomes public?”
“The security around these numbers is incredible,” guest Brendan Greeley affirmed. “If I were to before 8:30 text my wife and say the job numbers look good…I would never work in financial journalism again.”
Ruhle and Greeley went on to fret over whether Trump’s “deeply suspect” and “unprecedented” behavior may have affected trading on the market.
Greeley admitted again that the economy has been good under Trump but knocked the president for “cherry-picking” data to make himself look good.