Trump's dismissal of official statistics makes it harder for him take credit for economy, says pollster

Pollster Lee Miringoff said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE's previous dismissal of official statistics makes it more difficult for him to take credit for the strong economy. 

"I think Donald Trump does have a problem sometimes because he's denied so much about establishment statistics, that when something actually looks like unemployment you can ride on that, and all of the sudden he turns around and says 'well the Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that.' It just doesn't ring true for a lot of people because so much of what he says is home cooked," Miringoff, the director of the Marist Poll, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

Trump has repeatedly touted official statistics on the economy under his administration, often taking credit for economic growth. But, while the economy began its climb under the Obama administration, Trump often pointed to the numbers as misleading and not accurate. 

Last week Trump on Twitter celebrated unemployment hitting a 49 year low. 

While running for president, Trump called the same official unemployment statistics fiction

"So many people can't get jobs. The unemployment number, as you know, is totally fiction," Trump said in 2016.

— Julia Manchester