President Donald Trump seized on the US economy in his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, shifting focus to his strongest campaign pitch as an impeachment trial unfolds less than a year ahead of his re-election bid.
The president has steadily polled better on jobs and GDP than on his overall performance in office. And approval of his handling of the economy has only continued to climb, reaching all-time highs in recent weeks.
There are plenty of economic talking points for Trump to highlight: The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in 50 years, financial markets are hovering near record highs, and the administration is celebrating back-to-back trade deals with China and North American neighbors.
But Trump often supplements those facts with claims that are false or misleading. Here are three from Tuesday.
Claim 1: “I am thrilled to report to you tonight that our economy is the best it has ever been.”
Claim 2: "Since my election, we have created 7 million new jobs, 5 million more than government experts projected during the previous administration … The average unemployment rate under my administration is lower than any administration in the history of our country."
Claim 3: “We are restoring our nation's manufacturing might, even though predictions were that this could never be done.”