President Donald Trump started off Labor Day with an attack on one of the country’s top union leaders, after AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka criticized some of Trump’s decisions as bad for American workers.
Trump tweeted Monday that Trumka "represented his union poorly on television this weekend." He added: "it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem!"
The president's attack came after Trumka appeared on "Fox News Sunday" over the weekend where he said efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement should include Canada. Trumka, whose organization is an umbrella group for most unions, said the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico are "integrated" and "it's pretty hard to see how that would work without having Canada in the deal."
Trump has said there is “no political necessity” to keep Canada in the trade deal, though it is unlikely that the president could exclude Canada without approval from Congress.
Trumka also said of Trump: "the things that he's done to hurt workers outpace what he's done to help workers," arguing that Trump has not come through with an infrastructure program and has overturned regulations that "will hurt us on the job."
Asked about the low unemployment rate and economic growth, Trumka said "those are good, but wages have been down since the first of the year. Gas prices have been up since the first of the year. So, overall, workers aren't doing as well."
However, Trump hit back as the holiday began, boasting of low unemployment rates and claiming workers are doing better than ever:
On Monday, Trump touted the economy, saying "Our country is doing better than ever before with unemployment setting record lows." He added, "The Worker in America is doing better than ever before. Celebrate Labor Day!"
The unemployment rate of 3.9 percent is not at the best point ever — it is near the lowest in 18 years.