Trump: Schiff “Has Not Paid The Price Yet”

We have seen repeated instances where President Donald Trump has stepped on the narrative of his defenders with a single misplaced tweet — often giving opponents precisely what they have been alleging. This weekend is another such example with a tweet saying ominously the House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff has not paid the price yet” for his role in Trump’s impeachment. The tweet sounded not only threatening but was immediately raised by Democrats as supporting what Schiff said in his closing argument about senators fearing retribution from Trump. One can easily view the tweet at a statement about political accountability, but the insistence on attacking Schiff personally is both improper and counter-productive. Trump was impeached by the House, not Schiff. He is fulfilling a duty under the Constitution. Some of us have criticized his representations, but alluding to personal costs for the House managers is wildly inappropriate in the middle of a Senate trial.

Just this week, Schiff may a serious mistake in suggesting that the Republican senators are afraid to stand up to Trump and find their “heads on a pike.” I wrote about this and other missteps by the House managers. Senators objected to the allegation as untrue and ridiculous. Yet some 48 hours later, Trump is tweeting about making Schiff pay.

Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump

Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!97.8K8:20 AM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy61.5K people are talking about this

Once again, I read this as a political not a physical threat. However, a president should not be threatening the house managers at all in the midst of a trial. It was not unreasonable for media to view this as a threat upon the lead House manager.

All of this makes it more difficult for his legal team and his allies. With key swing senators like Collins and Murkowski objecting to insults by Chairman Jerry Nadler and Schiff (and moving toward votes against witnesses), President Trump effectively gutted that position by seemingly threatening the lead manager. This only works to the advantage of the House managers and undermines the position of the President. Both Democrats and Republicans should object to this tweet as inimical to this constitutional process.

162 thoughts on “Trump: Schiff “Has Not Paid The Price Yet””

  1. Alexander Vindman’s Identical-Twin Brother Is the Deep State Official In Charge of Reviewing Bolton’s Book for Declassification… You Know, the Same Book That Was Just Leaked to the Media During the Impeachment Trial
    Incredible.

    You can’t make this up:

    Who was in charge of reviewing all NSC publications—including John Bolton’s new “bombshell” book that just leaked to the New York Times?

    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s twin brother

    Why do either of the Vindman brothers still work at the White House?

    🤔

    — Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 27, 2020

    Meanwhile, even the New York Times’ Trump-deranged Maggie Haberman can’t help noticing that Bolton seems to have pecuniary motives here:

    Bolton also has the ability to speak publicly in some way and has chosen not to so far – something White House officials have noted as they point to the fact that he got a book deal and say he wants to boost sales.

    — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 27, 2020

  2. Elvis, you apparently lack sufficient knowledge. I’ve been to Trump events and generally there isn’t enough room for everyone to get in even though the facilities were very large.I watched his leading counterpart for the Democrats and sometimes he has only a handful.

    When you look at the politifact rebuttal for the most part they are saying that Trump did well the only question is exactly how well. They twist things their way. For example [regarding rebuilding of the military easiest to explain] when ships were sent to Korea they had to take planes and weapons from various ships to make the ships doing the job whole. They say it takes years to rebuild, but it doesn’t take years to replace things that can be immediately put into production nor does it take years to get replacement parts necessary to make aircraft available for combat. Producing all sorts of missles that were depleted can be done rather quickly. Those are just some quick examples. I don’t know where you guys get your ideas from but they sure don’t represent reality.

      1. Anonymous the Stupid, this demonstrates a lot of your ignorance. I don’t support everything Trump says or does but these statements are out of context. The House didn’t call John Bolton. Had they called him the President likely would have invoked executive priviledge and then the dsipute would be settled by the courts. That is how things are done, but you wouldn’t know it because you are Anonymous the Stupid. Politifact and the MSM depend on Stupid people like you.

        1. Allan

          it is painful to watch you engage the Anonymous troll. it is not disputed by anyone that Anonymous is a coward, as others keep saying about him, for throwing stank at the forum members and hiding behind an anonymous name.

          But really dude, you come across as unhinged as him by engaging in these kindergarten antics.

          For the love of God…..stop with your “Anonymous the Stupid” replies to Anonymous.
          It’s really really really sad and cringe worthy

          1. Mj, I appreciate your comment and I am sorry if it offends you but I believe that is my choice. Anonymous the Stupid is Stupid. I have my own reasons for repeating it and you have a right to state your feelings again.

            In any event outside of Anonymous the Stupid and perhaps a few others I have engaged in mostly cheerful or thoughtful comments something he and a few others are unable to do. Also, which might make you marginally happier I don’t answer all of his comments.

            Forgive me but as sad and cringe worthy it is I will continue.

            1. The operative phrase:

              “…and perhaps a few others…”

              Allan insults people all the time. He is definitely “unhinged.”

    1. Kurtz,
      Schiff and Alexander Vindman’s lawyer stepped in pretty fast when Vindman was questioned about who he’d told about the Trump- Ukraine phone call.
      Since Vindman was one of the very few NSC people who listened in on that call, it caused him to be put in the spotlight as the likely conduit of information passed on to the whistleblower.

  3. A president who orders someone like Mr. Parnas whom he says he saw as a shifty lunkhead (not DonJon’s exact words) to “take her out” when talking about a U.S. diplomat, has been watching way too much television. He also might think suborning threatening behavior is part of politics. It is impolitic as all get out. Politics is not about violence or ordering hits on people. We already know that the current U.S. President is seen by all manner of white supremicists, extremist right-wing gun nuts as their leader. Why wouldn’t they respond to the call? We need to take this very seriously. Not taking that guy seriously has created violence and death already.

    1. Rather, politics is about organized violence. may i suggest you go back and read The Prince or the Republic.

      what you are saying is that he should avoid disorganized violence that could be suggested by careless talk. i would agree careless talk is bad, as a general proposition

      of course his Democrat leadership foes are experts in careless talk

      here someone elaborates on the idea a few years ago, that politics is imbibed with violence across the ages

      https://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/media/338644-yes-politics-is-violent-and-always-has-been

      and i always recommend Carl Schmitt, “The Concept of the Political” ever more relevant today

  4. They say that calling witnesses will hurt the Dems in the senate running for president. But just the opposite is true, the more you hear from them the less chance they have to win

  5. Trashing Bolton – Trump hired him and no one has challenged his truthfulness – is the order of the day for the weary apologists and enablers of the Liar in Chief.

    Easy way to resolve this is to put both under oath.

    1. SURE. LET’S HEAR FROM BOLTON. why not! let him say what he’s got to say

      let’s get the full list of Trump witnesses up there too

      so long as arrests follow for all the leakers, saboteurs, and seditionists.

      follow it where-ever it goes including Brennan and Chiaramella and all the coup plotters

      call Sniff too, he’s the coupmeister or wants to be. let him own it!

      who cares. it’s all Praetorianism now it seems, unmask it for all to see.

    2. “Easy way to resolve this is to put both under oath”.
      Sure, any lawyer will tell you that watching conflicting witness testimony is always an “easy way” to sort things out.🙄

  6. It is no surprise the Dems Pres Candidates have no traction with Americans: the economy is better than ever yet all they have are wanting to hear a war monger they despised as a war monger. Such fickle phkqs. They are all flying high on the Lolita Express like overused wh8res with thousands of miles on them

    ***

    “Trump’s flirtation with Bolton sends shivers through Senate”

    John Bolton, the mustache-sporting, Iraq War-cheering former United Nations ambassador, is possibly one of the least diplomatic diplomats ever to serve in the U.S. government. He has argued the U.S. should bomb Iran to stop its nuclear program, dismissed the idea of a Palestinian state and called the United Nations a “twilight zone.”

    Trump has shown a contrarian streak in his appointments so far, so the odds are good that the president-elect will tag Bolton for a powerful Foggy Bottom job. But signs are that senators will put up more resistance to Bolton than Tillerson.

    Already, Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentuckian with a libertarian bent, has threatened to block Bolton, a man he considers a warmonger. On Tuesday, Chuck Schumer, the incoming leader of the Senate Democrats, explicitly compared Tillerson and Bolton in a statement that clearly laid bare his preference, saying: “Mr. Tillerson’s worldview may not seem to be as dangerously interventionist as Mr. Bolton’s.”

    Back in 2005, Bolton, who was serving as undersecretary of state for arms control, failed to get confirmed by the Senate when then-President George W. Bush nominated him as U.N. ambassador. Bush circumvented the process by appointing Bolton during a recess, but not before significant doubts were aired about him by Democrats and State Department colleagues.

    According to media accounts at the time, Bolton was a highly opinionated, intense boss who brooked little opposition to his point of view. One colleague testified that Bolton was a “kiss-up, kick-down kind of guy.”

    His time at the U.N. did little to endear him to Democrats or the international community. Bolton harbors a deep distrust of multinational institutions, and organizations such as the U.N. and the European Union, to him, are threats to national sovereignty and bloated, often-useless bureaucracies.

    A Yale Law School graduate who often brushes off the views of those he calls the “High Minded,” Bolton once said of the U.N.: “The Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories. If it lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.” In his 2007 book, “Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad,” Bolton devoted a lengthy passage to his frustrations over how late U.N. meetings often started and how long they could drag.

    Bolton quit the U.N. post after Democrats took control of Congress in the 2006 elections. While he had been considered one of the most hard-line Republicans on the Bush team — thanks in no small part to his support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq — Bolton hinted in his book that he became disillusioned with the Republican president as the years went on because he appeared to succumb to political pressure from the left to be more moderate.

    On the Bush administration’s struggle to deal with North Korea and its nuclear program, for instance, “the permanent government has triumphed over Bush, or at least over his principles,” Bolton wrote, adding that as some Bush aides left, “the departure of many ‘hardliners’ was like eliminating players from the defense team in football.”

    A Bolton aide on Tuesday said he was not granting interviews, and Trump transition officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In recent years, however, Bolton has been a reliable presence on Fox News and other conservative media outlets, using his platforms to bash President Barack Obama at every turn and cultivate his own reputation as a force fetishist.

    In 2015, John Bolton called on the U.S. to bomb Iran to stop its nuclear program.
    In 2015, John Bolton called on the U.S. to bomb Iran to stop its nuclear program. | Getty
    In 2015, Bolton called on the U.S. to bomb Iran to stop its nuclear program, and he’s urged Trump to abandon the nuclear agreement Obama reached with the Islamic Republic later that year. He’s accused Obama of being weak and indecisive on the world stage, laying the blame for the violence in Syria at his feet. Bolton, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, also has voiced major concerns about the nuclear trajectory of North Korea, even alleging that Pyongyang and Tehran are in a secret nuclear alliance.

    Bolton is deeply pro-Israel, so much so that he’s suggested forgetting the idea of creating a Palestinian state. Instead, he’s argued for placing the Gaza Strip under Egyptian control and handing the West Bank to Jordan. The left-leaning Jewish advocacy group J Street is among those urging Trump not to place Bolton at State.

    “We oppose his nomination and believe his confirmation would greatly set back American diplomacy, our country’s national standing and the foreign policy and security interests of the United States and our allies, including Israel,” the group said in a statement.

    Bolton’s disdain for multilateral institutions hasn’t faded since he left the U.N. He cheered Britain’s decision to leave the EU, calling it “a revolution in human affairs, opening up vistas for Britain once buried in European Union bureaucracy.”

    Bolton also has a wariness of treaties and international law. While serving as undersecretary of state for arms, Bolton helped engineer the withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 U.S.-Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. During his tenure at the U.N., he came out against proposals that the U.S. believed would have imposed new legal obligations on nations to intervene in other countries to prevent mass atrocities.

    Bolton also has flirted with the fringes of the right, including people who traffic in anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. He wrote the forward to “The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America,” a book co-authored by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, two figures viewed as stridently anti-Muslim by civil rights activists. He’s also been friendly with far-right European leaders such as Britain’s Nigel Farage.

    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Bolton repeatedly said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be in jail. Just this week Bolton suggested that the intelligence-assessed evidence that Russia tried to interfere in this year’s election may have been a “false flag”; after an uproar, he clarified that he did not mean to imply that the Obama administration had planted it.

    Politico, 2016

    1. Democrats stand for nothing but power. They have always been that way which is why they enslaved Blacks.

      Democrats are bad for families (Hunter Biden), for babies (beheading newborn babies) and bad at governing the nation (Iran under Obongo)

      They will never win 2020 because Americans realize now what Democrats represent: lust for power

  7. Trump said in a tweet last night that Bolton is lying about what he told him on Ukrainian aid. Should be easy to get both under oath and resolve this quickly.

    1. It must be exhausting constantly making excuses for a self centered promiscuous liar lacking all decency.The GOP is married to him now for eternity, or at least until those of voting age die off.

    2. They might make a deal for witnesses if both of the Bidens, the whistleblower, and Adam Schiff are to give sworn testimony too.

    3. Anon, only puny brains believe that a ‘he said she said’ argument leads clarity.

      Discussions with advisors doesn’t equate to action. For that we have to look at the transcript and then look at Biden who looks like he actually committed a crime.

      So far even the worst act Trump is accused with regard to Ukraine is within his Presidential powers. The impeachment is a disagreement over policy not legality.

      1. We’ll see how the debate over witness testimony plays out.
        If there is proposal to hear additional witness testimony ( beyond what the House put in the record from the impeachment hearings) and it’s shot down, we won’t see additional witnesses in the Senate trial.
        If the Senate approves hearing the testimony from additional witnesses, then we’ll demands for a large list of witnesses.
        The only way I can see that Bolton would be called is if there’s an agreement to call the Bidens, Schiff, and the whistleblower.
        Maybe Lt.Col. Jim Hickman might be called too.

  8. Ha. The inevitable result of having an idiot in the Oval whose only skill is marketing (conning). What’s got Trump where he is now are his actions in shaking down Ukraine. In other words, the same type of behavior he’s used in New York for decades. Just like he’s got a bunch of soybean farmers buffaloed in the Midwest (create a tariff tax problem & then try to solve it with a ‘trade agreement’ that at best just gets back to where things began before the ‘disruption’. Let’s all act surprised. Lol. Trump is a one trick pony. Negotiate in bad faith with a contractor and then either sue or just plain stop payment (New York & Ukraine). It’s a really simple equation folks…, and it always gets worse with Trump.

      1. Well, Terry, Hillary might have won the Electoral College if she could have gotten some hostile foreign country (i.e., one not accountable under US law) to engage in a social media smear campaign against Trump, which is what he did. Although, it is hard to think of what you would have them say about Trump that makes him both look bad and not be true.

        1. some hostile foreign country….

          you are referring to the Flyover States

          Sweetheart, there are 50 states….not just 2. New York and California are not the United States….foreign lands probably

      2. Oh clever spelling! Actually I’m a grain trader, so it doesn’t suck to be me. It sucks to be a grain farmer. And sucks, of course, to be you. It’s 2020 now. Time to get in the present man. Your talking points sucked 4 years ago. They’re just stupid now.

    1. Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
      More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
      We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
      Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
      Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
      New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
      Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
      African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
      Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
      Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
      Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
      Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
      Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
      Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
      Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
      The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
      95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.
      Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
      Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
      As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
      Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
      Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
      Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
      Record number of regulations eliminated.
      Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
      Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
      My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
      Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.
      We reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
      Signed Right-To-Try legislation.
      Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
      We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.
      Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
      Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
      United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
      Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
      Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
      Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.
      NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
      Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.
      Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
      Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
      Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
      Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
      Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
      Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
      Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.
      Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.
      Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.
      Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
      Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.
      Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
      We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.

      1. So true Allan Trump has lead the country well

        problem is the Democrat leadership and their acolytes in mass media and the “activists” infesting the internet are not interested in our national interests as a whole, they’ve been busy proving that for five decades or so

          1. Anonymous the Stupid is the only one that would think that list was mine. Who cares? The real issue is how dumb he is since this is the second time he has posted this retort.

                  1. Anonymous the Stupid, you might not like what I say but you are certainly incensed by the fact that I have something to say and you have nothing. That demonstrates you are a fool open on display everytime you post one of your lame insults.

                    1. You didn’t “say” anything, buddy. You copied and pasted a list from whitehouse.gov , without questioning anything that was posted by Team Trump.

                      Trump’s team posted it, so it must be true — in Allan’s mind, anyway.

                    2. Anonymous the Stupid, prove your case. He has been very successful even though he doesn’t get credit. You are at liberty to challenge each and every item from the list and show why the list is untrue. You can’t. Do you know why? Because you are Anonymous the Stupid.

                    3. “I laugh at you, Allan.”

                      That is why you resemble a laughing Hyena. That however, insults the Hyena who has more innate intelligence then you will ever gather. Do you know why? Because you are Anonymous the Stupid.

      2. Yawn. He inherited a robust economy that has flattened since he took office. Did you subtract the manufacturing jobs lost against those he claims HE created? If not, fake claim. Tax cuts mostly benefit the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us, and they have resulted in historic deficits that our children and grandchildren will have to pay. Trump is taking credit for an economy that he had little to nothing to do with.

        Commitments to do something, “being on track”, and actually doing something or causing something to happen aren’t the same thing, so taking credit for a “commitment” or a trajectory is nothing. The Paris Climate Accord will save lives by delaying climate change. Most Americans supported it. Clean Power Plan also will result in deaths from pollution. Most Americans supported it. In fact rolling back environmental protections under the Clean Water Act will result in deaths. Dirty, polluting coal will never be revived as a major energy source. The American people don’t want it. Circuit court judges were confirmed only because McConnell allowed it. During Obama’s Presidency, he sat on both circuit court and SCOTUS nominations, depriving the American people of their choices for jurists, AND Americans’ votes for Senators to make these choices were legal, as opposed to Agent Orange whose presence in the White House was procured by cheating. Taking credit for these nominations is just more grandstanding.

        Democrats DO NOT WANT OPEN BORDERS. Stop lying and fear mongering. Tariffs were a bad idea, and giving taxpayers money to farmers who lost their markets in China due to the tariffs are a bad idea, too, and increase the national debt. Forcing Mexico to hold refugees by bullying them and bribing them is costing us money, as are the Trump concentration camps. The people being held are NOT criminals, vermin, rapists or murderers as Trump claims. Only about 30 ft. of new wall was built, and that was done with funds stolen from the military budget. The “Space Force” is a joke, but not a funny one. Are they going to float about in space and shoot down enemy spacecraft? Nope. The narcissist in chief has to try to have something to brag about. Moving the Embassy to Jerusalem was done to curry favor with wealthy Jews at the cost of pissing off Muslims generally, as the Palestinian people also claim Jerusalem as part of their heritage. This gesture makes it appear that the US is siding with Israel and against the Palestinians in the region. A very bad idea for international diplomacy, and has no value to the average American.

        How has Trump personally stopped prescribers from writing opioid prescriptions? This is something handled on the state and local level. And, improvements for veterans’ health care came from Congress, not Trump, who was too cowardly to even serve this country, lying about nonexistent bone spurs.

        STOP LYING. You’re not going to sell this lying narcissist who tries to take credit for all sorts of things he has nothing to do with and who lies about the effect of rolling back consumer protection and environmental regulations and trying to undo everything Barak Obama did. We mostly didn’t vote for him, mostly have disapproved of him since he started occupying our White House, and we want him gone.

        1. “He inherited a robust economy that has flattened since he took office.”

          Good to know Natacha that to the present you haven’t looked up the facts.The only things that flattened are your brain waves.

        1. Politifact is selecting their own criteria for the variables used and even then their accuaracy is questionable. If you weren’t Anonymous the Stupid I would say let us go over the facts one by one.

          1. If you weren’t Allan the Stupid & Crazy, you’d want to “go over the facts one by one” — all by yourself.

            1. From the Analysis, taking the first criteria: “Job growth slowed a bit under Trump”

              To people that are ignorant that short statement might appear devastating to Trump’s reputation but that appearance is wrong and demonstrates how factcheck is spinning the news rather than dealing honestly. After a downturn where loads of jobs are lost we see a growth in the job market that is very high. As more people get jobs the rate trends towards zero. It wasn’t expected that when Trump got to certain numbers that job growth would continue but it did demonstrating that he outperformed what would be expected of any good President.

              Your fact check, if it wasn’t fact spin, would have admitted this was a remarkable feat or they would have said that he outperformed the expected. They chose to deceive instead of tell the Truth and you fell for it.

              Now you have your chance Anonymous the Stupid to prove yourself and prove that what I said is wrong. Alternatively you can continue to insult and only utilize the workproduct of others that you do not understand. Your choice.

              1. From https://www.factcheck.org/2020/01/trumps-numbers-january-2020-update/

                Here we’ve included statistics that may seem good or bad or just neutral, depending on the reader’s point of view. That’s the way we did it when we posted our first “Obama’s Numbers” article seven years ago — and in the quarterly updates and final summary that followed. And we’ve maintained the same practice under Trump.

                Then as now, we make no judgment as to how much credit or blame any president deserves for things that happen during his time in office. Opinions differ on that.

                Jobs and Unemployment

                Job growth slowed a bit under Trump, but unemployment dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century.

                Employment —Total nonfarm employment grew by nearly 6.7 million since the president took office, according to the most recent figures available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

                That continued an unbroken chain of monthly gains in total employment that started in October 2010. The economy has now added jobs every month for more than nine years, including the first two years and 11 months of the Trump administration.

                Yet Trump is far behind the pace needed to fulfill his campaign boast that he will be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” At this rate he will not even come up to the gains made during Obama’s final term. The average monthly gain under Trump so far is 191,000 — compared with an average monthly gain of 217,000 during the four years before he took office.

                Unemployment — The unemployment rate, which was well below the historical norm when Trump took office, has continued to fall to the lowest rate in half a century.

                The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the rate was 4.7% when he was sworn in. The most recent rate, for December, was 3.5%. It was also at that level in September and November. Before then it had not been so low since December 1969 — 50 years ago — when it was also 3.5%.

                The jobless rate has been at or below 4% for the most recent 22 months — all under Trump. It hasn’t been that low for that long since a 50-month streak ending in January 1970.

                The historical norm is 5.6%, which is the median monthly rate for all the months since the start of 1948.

                Job Openings — One reason employment growth has slowed is a shortage of qualified workers.

                As of the last day of November, the most recent figure on record, the number of unfilled job openings stood at 6.8 million. That’s a gain of nearly 1.2 million unfilled job openings — or 20.9% — since Trump took office.

                The number has been as high as 7.6 million as recently as January 2019, and also in November 2018, which was the highest in the 19 years the BLS has tracked this figure.

                The number of unfilled jobs has exceeded the number of unemployed people looking for work every month since March 2018. In November, there were 989,000 more job openings than there were people seeking jobs.

                Labor Force Participation — Despite the abundance of jobs, the labor force participation rate — which went down 2.9 percentage points during the Obama years — is up a bit under Trump.

                The labor force participation rate is the portion of the entire civilian population age 16 and older that is either employed or currently looking for work in the last four weeks. Republicans often criticized Obama for the decline during his time, even though it was due mostly to the post-World War II baby boomers reaching retirement age, and other demographic factors beyond the control of any president.

                Since Trump took office, the rate has fluctuated in a narrow range between 63.2% and 62.8%. It was at its highest in December — 0.4 percentage points above where it was the month Trump took office.

                Manufacturing Jobs —Manufacturing jobs increased under Trump, but the early growth slowed to a crawl last year.

                Overall, the number is up by 487,000 under Trump. That followed a net decrease of 193,000 under Obama.

                But the gain in factory jobs came almost entirely in 2017 and 2018, when 458,000 manufacturing jobs were added — a gain of 3.7%, faster growth than the 3.4% for total employment.

                Last year Trump’s trade disputes and tariffs took a toll on the manufacturing sector. During 2019, factory jobs increased by only 46,000, a gain of 0.4%, compared with 1.4% for overall employment.

                The number of manufacturing jobs is still 891,000 below where it was in December 2007, at the start of the Great Recession.

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                Readers can decide for themselves.

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