Donald Trump Thanks Himself In Latest Tweet

Is he setting himself up for a fall?

Another day, another glimpse into the mind of Donald Trump.

The president elect’s latest tweet saw him thank himself for the results of research by the New York-based Conference Board.

The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index for December surged nearly four points to 113.7, THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN 15 YEARS! Thanks Donald!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2016

@realDonaldTrump Did you seriously just thank yourself in a tweet from your own Twitter account?

— Mark Pygas (@MarkPygas) December 28, 2016

@realDonaldTrump Honestly, good on you, buddy! Gotta have that self confidence!

— Mark Pygas (@MarkPygas) December 28, 2016

@realDonaldTrump Thanks Mark!

— Mark Pygas (@MarkPygas) December 28, 2016

The research is indeed positive, showing consumer confidence in the US is at its highest level since August 2001.

.@realDonaldTrump You should thank Obama, too:
Consumer Confidence Index, January 2009: 37.7
Consumer Confidence Index, October 2016: 100.8

— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) December 28, 2016

Trump now has to live up to those expectations.

Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board, said: “The post-election surge in optimism for the economy, jobs and income prospects, as well as for stock prices which reached a 13-year high, was most pronounced among older consumers.

Umm Donald? Which Donald are you referring to? You're Donald, Donald. Only narcissistic illiterates refer to themselves in the 3rd person.

— Jonathan Pie (@JonathanPieNews) December 28, 2016

“Looking ahead to 2017, consumers’ continued optimism will depend on whether or not their expectations are realised.”

@simonhedlin @realDonaldTrump Dude is talking to himself in the third person.

— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) December 28, 2016

Broadly his economic plan is to create 25 million new manufacturing jobs by removing regulations and cutting taxes but his transition team has yet to say how they will measure economic success.

If Trump imposes tariffs on imports as he has said this will actually be likely to increase prices for US consumers and US manufacturers who source materials from abroad.

Additionally, a number of the manufacturing jobs available in October were left unfilled suggesting employers would struggle to fill an extra 25 million vacancies due to a shortage of the relevant skills.

.@realDonaldTrump tying yourself directly to movements in specific economic indicators is a good and smart thing that won't backfire ever

— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) December 28, 2016

James Pethokoukis, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told Politico: “He’s likely to be unsuccessful on any sort of broad increase in U.S. manufacturing jobs.

“That line may blip up or down based on how the economy is doing but these are long-term trends that aren’t likely to change.

@realDonaldTrump This is getting weird. You're weird.

— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) December 28, 2016

”The president-elect judges his own personal wealth based on his own feelings.

“So on any given day, he could just decide based on his feelings that America is great.”

Other experts have predicted an initial Trump surge in the US economy could be followed by negative effects.

.@realDonaldTrump Unemployment rates have dropped to 4.6% - a level not seen since August 2007. Thanks Shannon!

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 28, 2016

Nobel prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman, told the Guardian: “Trumpism will have dire effects, but they will take time to become manifest.

“In fact, don’t be surprised if economic growth actually accelerates for a couple of years.”

Thanks Donald!

@realDonaldTrump did you just thank yourself? Are you serious? We have a loon on the loose... I mean in the White House. Very humble indeed.

— 💭 (@VeeVee) December 28, 2016

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