GRANITE CITY, Ill. — President Donald Trump on Thursday outlined his expectations for Friday’s economic growth report, breaking from a tradition of presidents refraining from commenting on the figure ahead of its release, and predicted the numbers would be strong.
“Somebody actually predicted today 5.3 [percent growth]” he said during a rally at a steel plant here. “I don’t think that’s going to happen.” But, he continued, “if it has a 4 in front of it, we’re happy. If it has like a 3, but it’s a 3.8, 3.9, 3.7, we’re OK.”
“These are unthinkable numbers,” he added. “If I would have used these numbers during the campaign, the fake news back there would’ve said he’s exaggerating.”
The Commerce Department on Friday morning will release its first official estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product, a broad measure of the goods and services produced across the U.S.
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