Close
Date TimeSeptember 10, 2018
VoicePresident Trump escalated the political battle with his predecessor Monday, boasting that he’s got a “magic wand” for the economy after Barack Obama tried to downplay the gains on Trump’s watch.
Trump fires back at Obama, boasts hes got magic wand on economy
Obama hit the campaign trail for congressional Democratic candidates over the weekend, after delivering a fiery speech accusing Trump and Republicans of fueling "division and resentment" – and suggesting the current administration was taking credit for a recovery he engineered.
“When you hear how great the economy’s doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started,” Obama said Friday.
But Trump on Monday tried to use Obama’s past words against him.
“’President Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% GDP,’ stated President Obama. I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this! We have just begun,” Trump tweeted.
This may have been a reference to a 2016 town hall where Obama pushed back on Trump’s vow to bring back manufacturing jobs by negotiating a “better deal.”
“How exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have?” Obama asked at the time.
Trump is crowing over recent estimates that the U.S. economy grew at a 4.2 annual rate in the second quarter, the strongest in almost four years. And he’s using the GDP numbers and job growth to hit back hard at Obama’s return to the campaign trail.
He also tweeted Monday: “The Economy is soooo good, perhaps the best in our country’s history (remember, it’s the economy stupid!), that the Democrats are flailing & lying like CRAZY! Phony books, articles and T.V. ‘hits’ like no other pol has had to endure-and they are losing big. Very dishonest people!”
Further, he repeated a claim that if the Democrats won in 2016, the GDP would be trending in reverse.
“I opened up our beautiful economic engine with Regulation and Tax Cuts. Our system was choking and would have been made worse. Still plenty to do!” he tweeted.
The long-distance rhetorical battle between Trump and Obama may define the final two-month stretch of the midterms, with the current and prior president each fanning out to stump for allied candidates across the country in a fight for control of Congress.
Delivering some of his toughest broadsides against the GOP since leaving office – and referring to Trump by name, something he used to avoid – Obama said Friday there are certain "powerful and privileged" people who want to "keep us angry."
“It did not start with Donald Trump,” Obama said. “He is a symptom, not the cause. He’s just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.”
But speaking in Fargo, N.D., that same day, Trump dismissed Obama's speech and mocked his claim that Trump was taking credit for a booming economy that started during the prior administration.
"I think he was trying to take credit for this incredible thing happening to our country," he said. "I have to say to President Obama, it wasn't him, and if the Democrats got in with their agenda ... instead of having 4.2 [percent GDP growth] up, you have 4.2 down, you'd be in negative numbers."
He said that Obama had overseen the "weakest recovery in the history of our country."
"This is called not a recovery, but a rocket ship," he said in reference to the economy under his watch.

Related Stories
John Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower ScandalJohn Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal
Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment stormBill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment storm
Mueller Was Seeking FBI Director Job When He Met with Trump in 2017: ReportMueller Was Seeking FBI Director Job When He Met with Trump in 2017: Report
Two State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment UpdateTwo State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment Update
Graham Asks Giuliani to Testify in New GOP-Led Probe on UkraineGraham Asks Giuliani to Testify in New GOP-Led Probe on Ukraine
McConnell Attempts to Shield GOP From Potential Trump FalloutMcConnell Attempts to Shield GOP From Potential Trump Fallout
Trump abandons Kurds who fought Isil as he allows Turkish assault on northern SyriaTrump abandons Kurds who fought Isil as he allows Turkish assault on northern Syria
Turkeys Erdogan threatens to send millions of refugees to Europe if EU calls Syria offensive invasionTurkey's Erdogan threatens to send 'millions' of refugees to Europe if EU calls Syria offensive 'invasion'
Fake President Shoots Media Members In Graphic Video Shown At Pro-Trump Event: ReportFake President Shoots Media Members In Graphic Video Shown At Pro-Trump Event: Report
Second whistleblower comes forward in Trump impeachment inquiry as Republican unease growsSecond whistleblower comes forward in Trump impeachment inquiry as Republican unease grows
Latest News
Stephen Colbert celebrates Trump Impeachment Hearing Eve with jokes, testimony preview, a damning songStephen Colbert celebrates Trump 'Impeachment Hearing Eve' with jokes, testimony preview, a damning song
Jane Fondas 10 best films – ranked!Jane Fonda's 10 best films – ranked!
Woman who spoke at Epsteins bail hearing sues his estateWoman who spoke at Epstein's bail hearing sues his estate
Minister Warns of ‘Unthinkable’ Consequences: Hong Kong UpdateMinister Warns of ‘Unthinkable’ Consequences: Hong Kong Update
Top Iraqi cleric casts doubt on reforms offered to defuse unrestTop Iraqi cleric casts doubt on reforms offered to defuse unrest
Bolivia: Jeanine Añez claims presidency after ousting of Evo MoralesBolivia: Jeanine Añez claims presidency after ousting of Evo Morales
Angered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisonersAngered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisoners
Man killed as protests sweep Lebanon after Aoun interviewMan killed as protests sweep Lebanon after Aoun interview
Most distant world ever explored gets new name: ArrokothMost distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth
Judge bans border activist from mentioning Trump in trialJudge bans border activist from mentioning Trump in trial
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Boris-JohnsonBoris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Theresa-MayTheresa May
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Related Stories
John Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower ScandalJohn Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal
Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment stormBill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment storm
Mueller Was Seeking FBI Director Job When He Met with Trump in 2017: ReportMueller Was Seeking FBI Director Job When He Met with Trump in 2017: Report
Two State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment UpdateTwo State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment Update
Graham Asks Giuliani to Testify in New GOP-Led Probe on UkraineGraham Asks Giuliani to Testify in New GOP-Led Probe on Ukraine
McConnell Attempts to Shield GOP From Potential Trump FalloutMcConnell Attempts to Shield GOP From Potential Trump Fallout
Trump abandons Kurds who fought Isil as he allows Turkish assault on northern SyriaTrump abandons Kurds who fought Isil as he allows Turkish assault on northern Syria
Turkeys Erdogan threatens to send millions of refugees to Europe if EU calls Syria offensive invasionTurkey's Erdogan threatens to send 'millions' of refugees to Europe if EU calls Syria offensive 'invasion'
Fake President Shoots Media Members In Graphic Video Shown At Pro-Trump Event: ReportFake President Shoots Media Members In Graphic Video Shown At Pro-Trump Event: Report
Second whistleblower comes forward in Trump impeachment inquiry as Republican unease growsSecond whistleblower comes forward in Trump impeachment inquiry as Republican unease grows
Latest News
Stephen Colbert celebrates Trump Impeachment Hearing Eve with jokes, testimony preview, a damning songStephen Colbert celebrates Trump 'Impeachment Hearing Eve' with jokes, testimony preview, a damning song
Jane Fondas 10 best films – ranked!Jane Fonda's 10 best films – ranked!
Woman who spoke at Epsteins bail hearing sues his estateWoman who spoke at Epstein's bail hearing sues his estate
Minister Warns of ‘Unthinkable’ Consequences: Hong Kong UpdateMinister Warns of ‘Unthinkable’ Consequences: Hong Kong Update
Top Iraqi cleric casts doubt on reforms offered to defuse unrestTop Iraqi cleric casts doubt on reforms offered to defuse unrest
Bolivia: Jeanine Añez claims presidency after ousting of Evo MoralesBolivia: Jeanine Añez claims presidency after ousting of Evo Morales
Angered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisonersAngered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisoners
Man killed as protests sweep Lebanon after Aoun interviewMan killed as protests sweep Lebanon after Aoun interview
Most distant world ever explored gets new name: ArrokothMost distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth
Judge bans border activist from mentioning Trump in trialJudge bans border activist from mentioning Trump in trial
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Boris-JohnsonBoris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Theresa-MayTheresa May
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
LinkedIn Dynamic Ads Are Now Available on a Self-Serve Basis via Campaign Manager
John Bolton threatens war crimes court with sanctions in virulent attack
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout battle royale closed beta goes live
Lady Gaga Opens Up About A Star Is Born, MeToo, and a Decade in Pop
Golden Knights trade for Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty
Strengthening Hurricane Florence targets U.S. southeast
World Suicide Prevention Day: Why We All Need To Stop Saying 'Committed Suicide'
Trump Says Tariffs Mean Ford Can Make New Model at Home. Ford Says It Won't
SpaceX Launches New Communications Satellite, Sticks Rocket Landing
Miss America 2019: Miss New York Nia Franklin is crowned the winner
Kylie and Jason dance again live in Hyde Park
With 'Superstar' Emmy, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice are now EGOT winners
Novak Djokovic powers past Juan Martín del Potro to win third US Open
Aaron Rodgers Leads Packers to Heroic Comeback vs. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
SpaceX Will Launch Telstar Communications Satellite Tonight: How to Watch Live
Meghan Markle Pregnancy Rumors Grow As Mom Is Spotted Taking Baby Care Classes
Florence upgraded to hurricane, could threaten East Coast this week
Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Katie Piper spills ALL on being partnered with Gorka Marquez
Reports: Steelers' Le'Veon Bell misses deadline, won't play Sunday vs. Browns
‘All American’ Team Talks Portrayal of Class Differences, LGBTQ Community
Before the Shoe Came Off: The History of Nicki Minaj and Cardi B's Beef
North Korea stages huge military parade to mark 70th anniversary
Mike Pence denies discussing plan to remove Donald Trump from power
Avengers 4: Cate Blanchett up for Hela return – Is she in Avengers Infinity War sequel?
Kentucky ends 31-game losing streak to Florida
Kanye West shouts at reporter over Kim K, Tyson Beckford feud question at Ralph Lauren event
Serena Williams accuses officials of sexism and vows to 'fight for women'
Miss America 2019: What day, time, channel, what to know about pageant controversy
Can CEOs Get Away With Smoking Pot?
Walking Pile of Fecal Matter George Zimmerman Allegedly Threatened Beyoncé over Trayvon Documentary
Ariana Grande's ex, rapper Mac Miller found dead
Nicki Minaj and Cardi B get into major scuffle at fashion week bash
Kanye West, Lil Pump Get Raunchy in Cartoonish 'I Love It' Video
Trump tells supporters it'll be 'your fault' if he gets impeached
UEFA Nations League: Paul Pogba discusses future, Gareth Bale enjoys Wales win
Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler announce divorce
Jimmy Fallon and Paul McCartney shock unsuspecting 30 Rock visitors with elevator prank
Netflix’s ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’ Fails To Make Catfishing Romantic
Jobs Report for August: What to Watch For
Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show
NASA Will Launch 2 Rockets to Test a Mars Parachute and Track 'Nanoflares'
In 1974, They Gave The Nobel To Her Supervisor. Now She's Won A $3 Million Prize
Meghan Markle Just Wore Her Bling in an Unexpected Place!
Watch Kendall Jenner Nail Her Very First ''Okurrr!'' on The Tonight Show
Elon Musk and the Meaning of 'Off the Record'
Bitcoin bloodbath: Cryptocurrency plunges 20% in two days
Janet Street-Porter Defends Coleen Nolan Amid Backlash Over Kim Woodburn 'Loose Women' Interview
Review: Jennifer Garner seeks bloody revenge in 'Peppermint'
The Nun review – a clueless Conjuring cash-in that summons zero scares
Burt Reynolds's most memorable performances – video
Serena Williams swats aside Sevastova to set up US Open final with Naomi Osaka
Twitter permanently bans conspiracy theorist Alex Jones
Tony Blair not sure Labour can be wrestled back from Corbyn
Eagles top Falcons in NFL season opener
British Airways customer data stolen from its website
Reports: Burt Reynolds, star of 'Deliverance' and 'Smokey and the Bandit,' dies at 82
First lady Melania Trump condemns anonymous NYT op-ed writer as 'cowardly'
Four dead, including gunman, in Cincinnati bank shooting
Cory Booker broke the rules to show he can play Donald Trump's game
Laura Ingraham: New York Times' op-ed and the unrelenting vendetta against Trump – RIP journalism
Body identified as missing 19-year-old Kiera Bergman
Gordon dumps heavy rains, Hurricane Florence barrels toward Bermuda
Japan earthquake: Aerial pictures show devastating landslides in Hokkaido
Dolores O'Riordan drowned in bath, inquest finds
Hope dwindles as NASA's Opportunity rover refuses to contact Earth
Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen for $95m over Who Is America? stunt
Novak Djokovic ends John Millman's US Open run to reach semis
'Lodestar' John McCain quoted in anonymous 'New York Times' essay attacking Donald Trump
Physicists solve an age-old conundrum: the chicken or the egg
Asia Argento now says teen Jimmy Bennett 'sexually attacked' her in 2013
Elon Musk Calls Thai Cave Diver Hero A ‘Child Rapist’ As He Escalates Baseless Feud
Jimmy Kimmel on people burning Nike products: 'Why not burn your money?'
Rubio to InfoWars' Alex Jones: 'Don't touch me'
'Captain Marvel' Partially Inspired By 'Terminator 2'
Space Station Leak May Have Been Caused by Human Error, Russian Reports Say
Amazon Hits $1000000000000 in Value, Following Apple
In 'Fear,' Bob Woodward Pulls Back the Curtain on President Trump's 'Crazytown'
Wanderlust review – the steamiest show on TV? Let’s just say there are some exciting new possibilities
Rachael Bland, host of cancer podcast You, Me and the Big C, dies at 40
Salisbury novichok poisonings: police name two Russian suspects
Brett Kavanaugh: protests disrupt Senate supreme court hearing
Bob Woodward's book details Trump's chaotic and dysfunctional White House
John Lewis department store cuts 270 jobs as it rebrands
NASA will pay you up to $750000 to come up with a way to turn CO2 into other molecules on Mars
You, Me and the Big C host Rachael Bland has ‘only days to live’
After 17 years of war, Taliban field commanders signal openness to peace talks
Colin Kaepernick becomes the face of Nike's Just Do It campaign
John Millman punishes off-key Roger Federer in stunning US Open upset
Planet Nine may exist, but it might be hiding behind Neptune
Michelle Obama Hugs a Crying Kanye West in Childish Gambino's New Animated Music Video
Trump criticizes union leader on Labor Day: 'It is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly'
Machine Gun Kelly Pops Bottle in Celebration of Eminem's 'Kamikaze' Diss
Steve Bannon: Australia is on ‘frontlines’ of economic war with China
Jacqueline Pearce, Blake's 7 and Doctor Who actor, dies aged 74
Serena Williams hits 18 aces in U.S. Open win; Isner into quarterfinal
Chris Evans to leave Radio 2 breakfast show
10 shot at San Bernardino apartment complex
Bills pick Nathan Peterman over Josh Allen as starting QB for opener
Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida Keys
'Vanity Fair': Here's What It's Really Like To Bring A Big Budget Adaptation Of The Classic Novel To Life
Broncos cut 2016 first-round QB Paxton Lynch after adding former Redskin Kevin Hogan
Why we celebrate Labor Day, a holiday that had a violent start
Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar
Boris Johnson Savages Theresa May's Chequers Brexit Plan
No. 25 LSU off and running with 33-17 win over No. 8 Miami
Australian Instagram influencer Sinead McNamara found dead on billionaire’s yacht in Greece
Lily Allen Reveals She Slept With Female Escorts On Tour
Lukaku double gives Manchester United victory but Rashford sees red at Burnley
SpaceX 7 months away from 1st crewed test flight
Box Office: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Drops Just 16% For $6M Friday
Pentagon suspends $300M in military aid to Pakistan
Italian GP: Fernando Alonso 'thinks he is a god', says Kevin Magnussen
Brexit TURMOIL: May's Chequers plan DENOUNCED and campaign to DERAIL agreement launched
Bishop Apologizes to Ariana Grande for 'Too Friendly' Grope During Aretha Franklin Funeral
Kendall Jenner Hangs Out With Anwar Hadid Amid Ben Simmons Split Rumors
Social media companies beware: Washington is watching you
Everyone seems to agree Musk needs help running Tesla — Here's who could do it
Trump threatens to leave Canada behind on NAFTA, warns Congress not to 'interfere'
Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson: All change for X Factor 2018
Sadiq Khan balloon in pictures: London Mayor MOCKED as bikini blimp takes flight
Germany oil refinery EXPLOSION: Blast sparks HUGE fire – eight injured and 2,000 evacuated
Climate Change Could Completely Transform Earth's Ecosystems
A Star Is Born review – Lady Gaga mesmerises in Streisand's shoes
Reports: Raiders trading Khalil Mack to Bears
Alisson’s blushes spared as Liverpool edge to nervy win at Leicester
Nadal Survives Russian Threat to Advance at U.S. Open
Former ER actor Vanessa Marquez shot and killed by police
US Open 2018: Serena Williams Crushes Venus Williams in Flat Family Showdown
US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa
No. 13 Stanford beats San Diego St. 31-10 in season opener
No. 12 Michigan State escapes Utah State's upset bid late
Space Station Leak All Patched Up Now, NASA Says
Nicki Minaj Is Seeing Two Guys, But Not Seriously: 'I'm Just Chilling'
Canada Must Decide: It's Either a Nafta Deal or a Smaller Economy
Social media users are convinced Meghan McCain threw 'side-eye' at Pence during memorial
Bill Clinton gives tribute to Aretha Franklin, a woman with 'breathtaking talent'
Amsterdam stabbing: Police shoot suspect after stabbing at main tourist area
Brigitte Macron: Emmanuel’s stylish wife makes a tactical wardrobe change on Finland tour
Musicians honor 'love and legacy' of Aretha Franklin
Prince Harry 'knew how to save himself from collapsing in grief' during Princess Diana's funeral, book claims
International Space Station crew repair leak in Russian craft
Lady Gaga Admits She Sometimes Feels 'Insecure,' 'Lonely' and 'Ugly'
Inside Emmy Rossum's Public Fight for Equal Pay on Shameless
Apple Accidentally Reveals Radical New iPhone XS
CBB’s Ryan Thomas issued warning after allegedly punching Roxanne Pallett
Eminem ‘Kamikaze’: Here’s what you need to know about surprise new album
Costa Coffee sale: Coca-Cola to buy UK's biggest coffee chain in £3.9 BILLION deal
International Space Station losing air to tiny hole, astronauts safe
Emmy Rossum makes surprise announcement that she's leaving Shameless
German City Becomes Rallying Point for Anti-Immigration Protests
Biden, Larry Fitzgerald deliver tributes to John McCain at Phoenix memorial service
UEFA Champions League Draw: Manchester United land Juventus, Barcelona in group of death
Kenyan president rebukes Theresa May on last day of Africa trip
Prince Harry Joins 'Hamilton' Cast Onstage, and Breaks Into Song
Australia Plans to Deny Chelsea Manning an Entry Visa, Citing 'Criminal Record'
Meghan McCain weeps over father's casket at John McCain memorial
First Man Trailer #2: Ryan Gosling Takes One Giant Leap Into the Unknown
Don McGahn: White House counsel to resign, Trump confirms
Senator John McCain’s body to lie in state at Arizona State Capitol
Aaron Rodgers and Packers reportedly agree to the largest deal in NFL history
Serena Williams hits back at catsuit criticism by playing tennis in this outrageous outfit
Lewis Pugh Greeted By Michael Gove At The End Of His Long Swim
Michael Jackson through the eyes of world's top artists
Macron's new ENEMIES: Salvini issues ULTIMATUM and demands Macron open France-Italy border
Eddie Murphy expecting his 10th child at age 57, second with Paige Butcher
Celebrity Big Brother’s Jermaine Pennant confesses he’s married after being caught out sending notes to Chloe Ayling
Public begins paying last respects to Aretha Franklin at Detroit African-American history museum
Martha McSally beats Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward to win Arizona Republican primary
Andrew Gillum makes history in Florida
California Earthquake: Quake STRIKES near Los Angeles - 'It SWAYED the floor'
Astronaut candidate resigns from NASA for first time in 50 years
Trump Accuses Google of Burying Conservative News in Search Results
Great British Bake Off goes Back To The Future to address Prue Leith tweet gaffe
From Doctor Who to Star Wars: Matt Smith ‘joins Episode IX’ cast
'America's Got Talent' judge Mel B to enter rehab for PTSD, sex and alcohol addictions
Theresa May Has Been Dancing With Schoolchildren And Everyone Is Confused
Jamie Vardy calls time on England career in talks with Gareth Southgate
Louis CK takes stage for first time since #MeToo allegations
French minister Nicolas Hulot resigns on live radio in frustration
Real Madrid news: Julen Lopetegui can scupper Sevilla's £27m Mariano bid
US Open: Ferrer retires in final grand slam match, Halep the first top seed to lose in first round
Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho’s half-time team talk against Tottenham revealed
Theresa May arrives in Africa to become world’s biggest investor in continent
Theresa May says a no-deal Brexit 'wouldn't be the end of the world'
Elon Musk's next move: 5 big challenges facing Tesla
Trump announces US-Mexico trade deal, setting stage for Nafta overhaul
Simona Halep suffers shock first-round defeat at the US Open
Manu Ginobili, a 4-time champion with Spurs, retires at 41
Facebook bans Myanmar military chief and says it was 'too slow' to act
Your Very First Glimpse of Game of Thrones Season 8 Is Here
George W. Bush, Barack Obama expected to speak at John McCain’s funeral
Murder hunt after mother and daughter killed in Solihull
Sun back for Bank Holiday Monday after downpours
SpaceX Prepares For Upcoming Crew Dragon Missions With Major Upgrades
NASA's longest-lived robot on Mars isn't calling home. Here's why there's a chance it could be dying
Could 'Crazy Rich Asians' Hit $200 Million? After This Weekend, It's Quite Possible
Small Fry: life of Steve Jobs through a daughter's eyes
Around the NFL: Patriots WR Eric Decker retires from NFL
Celebrate National Dog Day with Shadow of the Cute Raider
Theresa May to make first trip to sub-Saharan Africa by UK leader in five years
Close