Trump jobs tweet shatters decades of protocol, jolts markets

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"Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning", Trump tweeted this morning about an hour before 8:30 EST.

In March, Trump boasted in another private fundraiser - this one in Missouri - that he had simply made up facts about the trade relationship between the United States and Canada during a meeting with Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, a top USA ally.

Last year, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary at the time, appeared to violate the rule by tweeting about a jobs report 22 minutes after it was released, before the one-hour limit had expired. A few hours later I'd have briefed President Obama.

The Trump administration is examining ways USA industries could hire more immigrant workers on a temporary basis, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday, as data showed the United States unemployment rate at an 18-year low.

While Trump didn't mention specific numbers or a positive outlook from the report, his decision to comment at all in advance was enough for many to cry foul.

During the 2016 campaign, when Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, both became eligible to receive classified briefings, some intelligence officials also expressed reservations about sharing sensitive information with Trump.

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Trump wasn't guessing. He received a phone call Thursday night aboard Air Force One from his top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, informing him of the good numbers.

With its power to move the markets, the jobs report is a closely held secret before it is released.

Economic experts are taking to Twitter to warn that President Donald Trump's early jobs report tweet is an egregious breach that may well warrant an investigation.

Across the country, businesses have reported shortages of qualified workers for a variety of trades, including truck drivers, sales personnel, carpenters and tech workers, the U.S. Federal Reserve said in a report on Wednesday.

During the Obama administration, Trump routinely said that the numbers in the jobs report had been tampered with to bolster Democrats' political prospects. "I just want to interject this radical notion: The jobs report was really good, the economy is doing really well".

"President Trump was sent the jobs numbers in advance", said Jason Furman, an economist at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in Obama administration.

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