Exclusive: President Trump talks historic economic growth and its long-term sustainability
I spoke to President Trump about how the current economic growth that we are experiencing can be sustained long-term. Here’s what the president told me in our exclusive one-on-one interview:
BORIS: Sir, it’s almost been two years. The economy is roaring. The stock market is way up. Unemployment, way down. GDP growth—it's much better than anybody expected. What do you think can be done to make sure it's long-term sustainable economic growth?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, you know, Boris, I think it's going to be sustainable. We built it as a sustaining model. If you look at the companies that are coming back into the United States by the hundreds; everybody wants to be back in this country. You know we lost them by the thousands; NAFTA was a horrible deal. World Trade Organization has really been bad for us.
We lost millions and millions of jobs and we lost thousands of companies. They left our country. They're all coming back and it's a beautiful thing to say and that's going to be sustainable. We're growing, we're really growing. You know, we had 4.2% and nobody thought that was possible. President Obama said “that's not going to happen.” He talked about the magic wand to get there, right? But we are really doing well, and I think we're going to do a lot better.
I actually think we have a lot of upside. So we're very excited about it and it's a lot of jobs. People are happy, and you know, one of the things that came out of the jobs numbers last week; wages are going up for the first time in like 21 years. You were there, you heard many times where I complained about wages, where people weren't making as much today as they did 18, 19 years ago. Well wages now are going up and people can get much better jobs for much more money.
BORIS: Highest wage growth since the start of the recession, in fact.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: That’s right. We have a great wage growth. We have a great economy. This is possibly the greatest economy our country's ever had. That's why when it comes to the midterms, I hope people are going to remember us because we need Republicans and I'm not running, but I am in a way running because you know, friends of mine and people that have our values and our thoughts, they're running. So, we need a lot of help for the midterms and I think we're going to do well, you know, based on the economy and based on the success.
Here’s the bottom line: the American economy is doing very well right now. The president believes that victories for republicans in November are contingent upon the American people recognizing that fact.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations