8 minutes after saying ‘I don’t like Pinocchios,’ Trump lies about number of coal jobs

WASHINGTON (BY: CHRIS D’ANGELO, HUFFINGTONPOST.com) — President Donald Trump paused after falsely claiming Monday that he’s “signed more bills — and I’m talking about through the legislature — than any president ever.”

“I better say ‘think,’ otherwise they’ll give you a Pinocchio,” Trump said, referring to The Washington Post’s rating system for fact-checking politicians’ statements. “And I don’t like those, I don’t like Pinocchios.”

It took roughly 8.5 minutes for Trump, who has an extensive history of lies, to deliver what appears to be another doozy — taking credit for the creation of tens of thousands of new mining jobs.

“In Pennsylvania, two weeks ago, they opened a mine, the first mine that was opened in decades. Opened a mine!” he said during a speech to kick off the White House’s “Made in America” week, referring to the state’s new coal mine. “And you know all the people that were saying the mining jobs? Well we picked up 45,000 mining jobs in a very short period of time. Everybody was saying, well, you won’t get any mining jobs. We picked up 45,000 mining jobs.”

“And the miners are very happy with Trump and with Pence,” Trump boasted. “And we’re very proud of that.”

While America’s miners may be happy with the administration’s push for increased fossil fuel development, there’s a problem: The number of coal mining jobs has increased by roughly 800 since Trump became president.

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