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Trump hails jobs report: ‘And I have only just begun’

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President Trump hailed strong jobs numbers on Friday as a product of his policies. 

The economy added 209,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, continuing a nearly seven-year streak of jobs growth, the Commerce Department reported. 

“Excellent Jobs Numbers just released — and I have only just begun,” Trump tweeted.

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Trump had mocked the jobs report in the years before running for the Oval Office, accusing former President Barack Obama of manufacturing fake numbers to build support for his economic agenda. 

Trump once called the jobs report “totally fiction.” 

In March, then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: “I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly: ‘They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.’ ”

Trump’s jobs comments came hours after he touted other U.S. economic developments on his popular Twitter account, including recently announced factories and a 16-year high in the consumer confidence index. 

Trump has accused the media of ignoring his economic successes to focus on what he calls “fake news,” particularly stories about Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election.

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