(CNN)In his second State of the Union address, President Donald Trump sought to strike a bipartisan tone of unity and progress, just weeks after the longest shutdown in US history — and with less than two weeks to go before the next funding lapse. Trump focused on some of his core agenda items: immigration, the economy, infrastructure, drug prices and national security. CNN vetted the President’s claims: Economy Claim: “In just over two years since the election, we have launched an unprecedented economic boom — a boom that has rarely been seen before.” Read More Trump can claim some credit for the acceleration of the economy on his watch, but not most of it. He inherited a labor market in the later stages of a long recovery from the Great Recession, with fairly consistent job creation. Growth in monthly payrolls reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics averaged 217,000 jobs under President Barack Obama’s second term, and under Trump it has averaged 203,000, pushing the overall unemployment rate to the lowest level since 1969 and unprecedented levels for people of color. The economy has added 4.87 million jobs since Trump took office, not 5.3 million, the number he cited. Wage… Read full this story
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