People Outraged after Donald Trump 'Brags' That Ivanka 'Created Millions of Jobs'
Donald Trump caused a big fuss after he claimed that Ivanka “created millions of jobs” at the 2019 White House Business Session with US Governors.
Trump proceeded to talk about the Pledge to America’s Workers effort which Ivanka co-chairs with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
"My daughter's created millions of jobs," Pres. Trump says while speaking to a gathering of governors. "I don't know if anyone knows that, but she's created millions of jobs." https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/EkRBthTTEL— ABC News (@ABC) February 25, 2019
The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler reacted to this reference saying the initiative only provides education programs and training opportunities and “NOT new jobs.”
The president continued by saying the private sector has pledged to train and hire 6.5 million Americans.
Historic low unemployment rates have created opportunity for millions of Americans. A record 73% of people who previously were out of work and not looking for a job, came OFF of the sidelines and into the workforce in Q4 2018.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 25, 2019
His daughter proceeded to share on Twitter,
“Historic low unemployment rates have created opportunity for millions of Americans. A record 73% of people who previously were out of work and not looking for a job, came OFF of the sidelines and into the workforce in Q4 2018. This is the highest share of people entering our labor force from the sidelines EVER!”
Lydia Depilis, CNN’s Senior Economics Writer, checks the facts and finds the Trump father-daughter claims were “exaggerated” because of several reasons.
For instance, pledges Trump referred to were meant to take effect “over the next five years” vs. an immediate opportunity.
Additionally, the educational and training opportunities were not limited to new hires which means they were also available to existing employees. The programs were described more as, "apprenticeships and work-based learning, continuing education, on-the-job training, and reskilling."
After watching their Grandpa pardon “Peas” and “Carrots” at the White House on Tuesday, Joseph and Arabella have sworn off turkey and are insisting on a vegetarian Thanksgiving!— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 22, 2018
Gobble, gobble. 🦃 pic.twitter.com/9WbcIfZzK6
As in the case of Walmart, Depilis recalls that while the company “pledged a million opportunities over the next five years” it was no different from the numbers since Walmart Academies began in 2016.
While FedEx, for its part, pledged 512,000 opportunities, which already includes employees benefits and other in-company programs previously set up.
This makes it unclear whether the pledges these companies made have had an impact on increasing opportunities or jobs. So, “No matter how you spin it, that’s not true,” says Holmes Lybrand of CNN.
Among all his children, Trump is closest to his eldest, Ivanka. She left the business world, the Trump Organization, and her own brand, Ivanka Trump, when her father won the elections and even moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the president.