President Trump is known better for being economical with the truth than perhaps anything else.
Today in the Trump-verse, the president has claimed his eldest daughter Ivanka created “millions of jobs”, but not everyone is buying it.
Speaking at the White House before boarding Air Force One to Vietnam, the president said:
My daughter, Ivanka, who is going to be speaking later, is — she has been so much involved. So incredibly involved.
Where is Ivanka? Ivanka, keep going. My daughter has created millions of jobs. I don’t know if anyone knows that, but she’s created millions of jobs.
He went on to discuss initiatives she had been involved in.
Last year, my administration created the Council for the American Worker and launched the Pledge of America’s Workers, where we’ve gained commitments from private sector leaders to hire and train more than 6.5 million Americans.
Think of it: 6.5 million. And these are jobs that, for the most part, would not have happened.
But many have questioned the extent to which America’s first daughter deserves credit for new jobs. CNN notes that Trump didn’t discern between “jobs” and training opportunities.
In a press release last year, the White House described them as “apprenticeships and work-based learning, continuing education, on-the-job training, and reskilling”. According to CNN, many of these opportunities were already planned by the companies, so it remains unclear how Trump came to the conclusion that his daughter had created “millions” of jobs.
It came just a few weeks after Ivanka's brother Eric claimed his sister had “done more for women than anyone in Washington”.