President Donald Trump’s administration has said the economic crisis is “a direct result of his policies,” but White House officials are refusing to say exactly what the president is talking about.
“President Trump has never claimed to be responsible for a crisis,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday, according to The Hill.
“He has not stated what his policies are and his actions are, and we don.t. understand his actions.”
The White House said Trump’s policies “are creating a crisis in the economy,” and that the president’s economic policy has “caused a spike in unemployment and economic insecurity” for Americans.
“These actions by the president and his Cabinet are causing the economic problems that they are claiming to be solving,” Sanders said.
Trump has frequently criticized the Obama administration for its response to the crisis.
The White Houses chief of staff, John Kelly, and secretary of labor Tom Perez both said Friday that the administration is “confident” that Trump’s economic policies are driving the crisis, but they did not provide any concrete details.
“We have not been able to confirm that the economic issues we are talking about are the direct result,” Perez said on CBS.
“But we are confident that he is taking action to get the economy moving.”
“He’s making a lot of changes to the way he operates, but it’s not a substitute for policies that are going to create jobs,” Kelly said on CNN.
Sanders said Trump “has made it clear that he doesn’t want” to “rein in” the administration, but that the Trump administration “doesn’t believe that they have the power to make these decisions.”
“I think there are a lot more things we need to focus on,” she added.
“He’s not going to go around the country and say, ‘I’m going to shut down government.
You’re going to have to stop paying your bills.'”
The White house also issued a statement on Friday saying that “the president believes that the actions of his Cabinet have had a major impact on the economic situation for Americans, but the White House has not yet been able … to provide a definitive explanation of what these policies are doing.”
“The president will continue to use his executive authority to advance his economic agenda,” the statement continued.
“As the economy recovers, he will be ready to address the needs of the American people, including ensuring that all Americans are able to afford to live, work, and play.”