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‘It is Blatant Hypocrisy’: CNN Panel Slams Trump for Saying Jobs Numbers Are ‘Very Real Now’

Following today’s White House press briefing, CNN gathered a panel to discuss, and one of the topics they touched on was White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer quoting President Donald Trump on today’s solid jobs numbers, the first report fully credited to the Trump administration.

After, Spicer was asked about Trump’s previous comments about the employment numbers being fake under President Barack Obama and if the president felt they were accurate now. “I talked to the president prior to this,” Spicer joyfully noted, “And he said to quote him very clearly — they may have been phony in the past but it’s very real now.”

While Spicer attempted to play the line off for laughs at the presser, CNN’s panelists didn’t find it as humorous. CNN media correspondent Dylan Byers said that there was “an extraordinary lack of credibility,” while political director David Chalian said it was an “admission of blatant hypocrisy,” adding that it shows he’ll say one thing when it isn’t in his favor compared to when it is.

Anchor Brooke Baldwin then asked political reporter Maeve Reston about the point Chalian had raised about the jobs numbers.

“It is hypocrisy plain and simple,” Reston stated. “It’s so interesting as David has pointed out many times in our polls it shows that Americans really do approve of Donald Trump’s handling of the economy. That’s the strongest thing he has things going right now.”

She added it was just “another tricky subject” for them to dance around with at press briefings.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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