‘Thousands’ of Jobs? And for Whom?

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“The visit also included historic economic development deals for the United States, totaling well over half a trillion dollars and the creation of tens of thousands of American jobs,” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday.

Mr. Trump himself gave an even more ambitious version of this claim during his trip: “We made and saved billions of dollars and millions of jobs.”

But these assertions of an enormous positive impact on employment rely on fuzzy math and inflated hopes.

Mr. Trump is puffing up
the value of various deals
made in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Trump is also exaggerating
the number of jobs these deals
will create in the United States.

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