Trump touts ‘excellent’ jobs report, violating federal rule

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By Samantha Masunaga

U.S. job growth remained steady in July, though workers are still largely seeing slower wage gains, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

President Trump trumpeted the numbers in a tweet Friday morning, calling them “excellent.”

Trump’s tweet came 15 minutes after the release of the jobs report, which appeared to violate a federal rule prohibiting executive branch officials from commenting publicly on such data within an hour of its release.

It wasn’t the first time his administration has jumped the gun in touting economic indicators.

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