Trump falsely claims Ivanka 'created 14 million jobs'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE on Tuesday falsely claimed that Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpLawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits Jane Fonda says she feels 'sad' for Trump Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills MORE, his daughter and a senior White House adviser, had created 14 million jobs, more than double the number of positions created in his presidency.

Speaking at the Economic Club of New York, President Trump praised Ivanka Trump for her work on the White House Pledge to American Workers, which partners with private-sector companies to train employees.


“She's now created 14 million jobs and they're being trained by these great companies,” he said.

But the program does not create new jobs, as President Trump asserted, it provides training for existing positions. President Trump pointed to 367 private-sector employers that had pledged to provide training under the workforce policy advisory board Ivanka Trump co-chairs, and noted that the original goal was for 500,000 pledges.

"She's done an amazing job. Fourteen million from 500,000," he said.

Skeptics have noted that some of the companies had already planned training before the pledge.

President Trump made a similar claim in February, saying that Ivanka Trump “created millions of jobs,” and was similarly met with fact checks.

Under President Trump, the economy has continued to add jobs at roughly the same rate as it had at the end of the Obama era, and unemployment has fallen to a 50-year low.

The total number of jobs created since President Trump took office is roughly 6 million, about 43 percent of the total he attributed to his daughter's efforts alone.

When asked for comment, a White House spokesman blamed the media for "misconstruing the President’s words."

"[Fifty-five] percent of blue-collar workers reporting pay raises in the past year, and small business optimism at an all-time high. While the press fixates on semantics, the president is focused on keeping the American worker working and getting raises," the spokesman said.

Updated at 2:23 p.m.