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Mark Gongloff

Trump’s GDP Was the Worst Since Hoover’s, But Who’s Counting?

Presidents don’t gloat about the economy for a reason.

Finding his place in history.

Finding his place in history.

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There’s a reason U.S. presidents mostly avoid crowing about stocks or GDP or jobs numbers. Presidents have little control over broader market or economic trends, which can always be upended by nightmares such as terrorist attacks, pandemics and the United States Congress.