President Donald Trump on Tuesday credited his daughter Ivanka for having “created 14 million jobs,” consistent with a vow to boost American private sector employment and training.
Trump spoke at the Economic Club of New York, in which he touted his administration’s stewardship of the economy. In remarks that promoted his initiatives, he told the audience that his eldest daughter — who serves as a key advisor and co-chairs the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, has exceeded her initial goals.
The White House’s site touts more than 300 private sector employers who signed the Pledge for American Workers. They initially committed to creating over 12 million education and training opportunities over 5 years —which are pledges, but not fully materialized jobs.
In speaking about the initiative on Tuesday, Trump told the crowd that hundreds of private sector employers were providing “over 14 million skills and career training opportunities for U.S. workers.” He then called himself “very proud” of Ivanka’s role.
“She wants to make these people have great lives,” Trump said. “When she started this two and a half years ago, her goal was 500,000 jobs.”
Linking her efforts to private sector job creation, Trump added that “she’s now created 14 million jobs. And they are being trained by these companies. The greatest companies in the world. Because the government can’t train them,” he added.
The White House’s website states that 5.3 million jobs were created between Trump’s election and his second State of the Union address, a figure consistent with official jobs data.
Anjalee Khemlani is a reporter at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @AnjKhem