White House news: Sarah Huckabee Sanders retracts African-American remark amid Omarosa row | World | News


President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, who regularly appears at White House press conferences, argued on Tuesday that the current administration had done more for African-Americans than its predecessor.

She claimed 700,000 new jobs were created for African-Americans under Trump, compared with only 195,000 in the eight years under Mr Obama.

Ms Sanders initially contended this difference signalled that Mr Trump had “already tripled what President Obama did in eight years”.

But today Trump’s press secretary was forced to backtrack.

Tweeting, she wrote: “Correction from today’s briefing: Jobs numbers for President Trump and President Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn’t.

“I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans…

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