CNN's Lemon: Trump 'still riding' the 'Obama economy'

CNN anchor Don Lemon on Tuesday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE is “still riding” the “Obama economy,” saying he thinks the boost from tax cuts is fading while blaming Trump for a “ballooning” federal deficit.

“The boost the tax cuts gave the economy is fading,” Lemon said during a panel discussion on “CNN Tonight.” “It led to more than $1 trillion in stock buybacks, helping shareholders, but American workers didn’t see a noticeable boost in wages compared to the years before, and the federal deficit is ballooning.”

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Lemon, a frequent critic of Trump and his administration, then turned to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, who also made the case that former President Obama, not Trump, should get credit for positive indicators in the economy, arguing that now that Trump's policies have kicked in it has resulted in the economy doing worse.

“He has taken full credit for things that he doesn’t deserve full credit for because a lot of this stuff gets set in motion before, and a lot of it is about the end of the Obama presidency,” Bruni, a staunch critic of Trump and a CNN contributor, said.

“He then has to take full blame for it when in the second two years of his presidency, after his policies have had more time to kick in, the economy is doing worse. He’ll try to deflect that and come up with Trump conspiracy theories, and blame it on Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump struggles to win over voters reaping economic boom Michelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite MORE, he’ll probably find a way to blame it on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report A question for Robert Mueller MORE, but it won’t fly.”

Lemon agreed.

“He rode the Obama economy for the first part of the presidency,” the host said. “He’s still riding it.”

According to the latest Harvard-Harris poll conducted in October, more voters credit Trump than Obama for the current state of the economy.

The Harris Poll, conducted with Harvard University’s Center for American Political Studies, found that 47 percent of likely voters surveyed said they believe Trump is responsible for the current economy, compared to 21 percent who said they felt Obama is responsible.

The RealClearPolitics index of polls shows voters giving Trump his highest marks on his handling of the economy, where he sits at a 50.6 percent approval rating.

Trump's overall job approval rating is 42.6 percent in the RealClearPolitics average.