Former spokesperson: Obama should take credit for economy

A former Obama spokesperson says the former president should be taking credit for the economy – not President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE.

Kevin Lewis, the former spokesman, told Hill.TV that Obama came into office  when both the U.S. and global economy were in a “free fall,” and that he made the “necessary steps” and worked with Congress to ultimately save both.

“Donald Trump, despite his inauguration speech talking about doom and gloom, he inherited a quite healthy economy and President Obama should take credit for that,” he told “Rising” co-host Krystal Ball.

Obama last week criticized Trump for repeatedly taking credit for an economy that has continued to grow and add jobs since his own election.

“When you hear about this economic miracle that’s been going on, when the job numbers come out, monthly job numbers, suddenly Republicans are saying it’s a miracle — I have to kind of remind them, actually, those job numbers are the same as they were in 2015 and 2016,” Obama said.

Trump fired back at his own rally, saying "it wasn’t Obama," and accused the former president of “trying to take credit for this incredible thing that’s happening.” 

On Monday, one of Trump's economic advisers attended the White House press briefing to push back against the Obama arguments. 

— Tess Bonn