President Donald Trump lashed out at former President Barack Obama after Obama took credit for the economy in a tweet sent on Presidents' Day.
Obama used the holiday to send a tweet in praise of his own efforts to help the economy on the eleventh anniversary of his signing of the economic Recovery Act.
"Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history," he tweeted.
Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving th… https://t.co/6IyeQfvElc— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1581954413.0
Trump responded with his own tweets, calling the claims from Obama his "latest con job."
Did you hear the latest con job? President Obama is now trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place un… https://t.co/bRIGV7wqYR— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1581982829.0
"Did you hear the latest con job? President Obama is now trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place under the Trump Administration. He had the WEAKEST recovery since the Great Depression, despite Zero Fed Rate & MASSIVE quantitative easing," he tweeted.
"NOW, best jobs numbers ever. Had to rebuild our military, which was totally depleted," he said in a second tweet. "Fed Rate UP, taxes and regulations WAY DOWN. If Dems won in 2016, the USA would be in big economic (Depression?) & military trouble right now. THE BEST IS YET TO COME. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"
The online feud led to a debate about who can take credit for the economy, with defenders of Obama saying the Trump economy depended on Obama's prior success. Trump supporters noted that wages had increased under the latter in a way they did not under the former president.
"We could play fast and loose on the numbers from either side," noted Neil Cavuto on Fox News, adding that perhaps "both men can take a bow" for the economy in the last decade.
Others noted that Obama's claims undermined the Democratic election campaign strategy trying to paint the economy under Trump as struggling from his fiscal policies.