CNN doesn’t air Trump jobs report remarks; Fox News carries it in full

CNN opted not to air President Trump’s remarks on Friday’s surprise jobs report showing 2.5 million jobs were added to the economy in May, with MSNBC carrying the comments partially, and Fox News carrying the speech from the Rose Garden in full.

Meanwhile, broadcast networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS broadcast their remarks online.

The president was in a celebratory mood following the report that the unemployment rate dropped from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May.

Analysts had expected the report would show unemployment rising to as high as 20 percent, and the new figures suggested an economic rebound could come more quickly. Stocks jumped higher on the news. 

Trump touted the numbers, but also used the Rose Garden event to talk about the protests surrounding George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose death in the custody of Minneapolis police has outraged much of the country.

“We’re bringing our jobs back,” Trump told reporters on Friday morning. “We’re gonna be back there. I think we’re actually going to be back there higher next year than ever before.”

He also spoke specifically about Floyd. 

“Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. This is a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality,” Trump said.

MSNBC carried approximately the first 11 minutes of the president’s remarks before exiting as he was still speaking. It said it was doing so because Trump was going off on a tangent and politicizing some of the results.

“He’s been talking now for about eleven or so minutes. We’re going to monitor that announcement, that statement that he’s making there,” MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin said while breaking in to live coverage. “He’s obviously celebrating the jobs report number, he’s also going off on a bit of a tangent, talking about all kinds of other issues and politicizing some of it.”

CNN did not air any of the press conference. The Hill has reached out to CNN for a comment.

— Updated at 3:56 p.m. to note the broadcast networks carried Trump’s remarks online

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