White House takes issue with Clinton remarks on economic growth
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The White House on Wednesday said it does not share Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Biden leads Trump by 12 points among Catholic voters: poll The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden goes on offense MORE’s view that the economy has “stalled out.”

“I wouldn’t put it in those terms at all,” White House Communications Director Jen Psaki said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Psaki conceded that “there is more we need to do” to boost the nation’s economic health, including finalizing pending trade deals with Europe and Asia.


“We risk having a growth level that is not where we need it to be if we don’t take more steps to address the economy,” she said.

During a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Monday, Clinton took a dimmer view of the economic recovery than Obama and other members of the Democratic Party.

“I want to be sure that we get small businesses starting and growing in America again,” she said. “We have stalled out.”

Her comments came one week after Clinton officially launched her presidential campaign. Questions remain about how closely Clinton's camp will collaborate with the White House as she seeks to succeed her onetime rival and former boss. 

Clinton said she was “surprised” to find out how much small-business growth has slowed during her travels around the country.

“It’s not enough just to tread water,” she said. “We need to get ahead and stay ahead, and people need to feel their work is being rewarded and that the deck is not stacked in favor of those at the top."

While Psaki said economic growth could be faster, she argued there are signs that entrepreneurship is not in decline.

“I don’t know what statistics she and her team are looking at,” she said. “There are a range of statistics you could look at. Small businesses have grown.”