The Wall Street Journal: Trump breaks from tradition, talks about Friday’s GDP data


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.”

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“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.”

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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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