Watch: Biden flips job numbers during union speech, repeats ‘misleading’ deficit claim

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President Biden again downplayed his administration on Wednesday when he miscalculated the number of jobs he said it had created in the first two years of his presidency.

“People, look around our economic plan that’s working. We’ve created over 12,000 brand new jobs in two years. That’s more than any president in American history has created in four years, in four years,” Biden told a crowd of labor union members in Speech given in Accokek, Maryland.

Biden likely intended to say 12 million jobs, a number the White House likes to tout as being created during the Biden administration, even as Republicans say those are jobs added back after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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US President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the International Federation of Operational Engineers 77 Community Training Center in Accokek, Maryland, US, on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. (Ting Xin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Biden Similar slip in March when he also claimed while discussing the February jobs report that his administration had created “more than 12,000 jobs”.

“We created over 300,000 new jobs last month,” Biden said at the time. “That’s on top of the half a million jobs we added the previous month.” “All in all, we’ve created more than 12,000 jobs since I took office, of which nearly 8,000 are manufacturing jobs.”

During his speech on Wednesday, Biden also repeated a claim that many fact-checkers called “misleading” during his second State of the Union address in February.

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President Joe Biden during an event at the International Federation of Operating Engineers Domestic 77 Training Center in Accokek, Maryland, US, on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“In the first two years of my term, I cut the deficit by $1.7 trillion. Whatever we spent, it’s still less than $1.7 trillion,” he said. Citing the same numbers during the State of the Union, Biden claimed it was “the largest deficit reduction in American history.”

However, many liberal media outlets disputed Biden’s remarks at the time.

“Biden’s bravado leaves important context,” CNN wrote. “It is true that the federal deficit fell by $1.7 trillion under Biden in fiscal years 2024 and 2024, including a record drop of $1.4 trillion in 2024 — but it is highly questionable how much credit Biden deserves for this cut.”

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President Biden during his State of the Union address in February 2023. (Nathan Howard/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Similarly, The Washington Post’s resident fact-checker Glenn Kessler called the president: “Biden misleadingly claims he cut the deficit by a huge amount even though his policies have added substantially to the national debt.”

Fox News’ Timothy H.G. Nirouzi and Aaron Kligman contributed to this report.