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Chris Wallace calls out Buttigieg for infrastructure plan job claims

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was called out on Sunday by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace for vastly overstating the number of jobs that would be created by President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure package.​​

Wallace noted that Buttigieg and other administration officials touted the false numbers during appearances on the news shows last Sunday.

“But it turns out the study you’re citing from, Moody’s Analytics, says the economy will add 16.3 million jobs without the infrastructure bill, and 2.7 million more with it. So it doesn’t, as you said last Sunday, create 19 million jobs,” Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday” about the “American Jobs Plan.”    

“Again, Secretary Buttigieg, why mislead folks?” he asked.  

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“You’re right, I should have been more precise. The 19 million jobs that will be created are more than the jobs that will be created if we don’t do the plan. And it’s very important to make this point, as you’ve just showed us,” Buttigieg, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said.

“Right, but 2 million — 2 million is not 19 million​,” Wallace said.​

Fox News' Chris Wallace pushed Secretary Buttigieg on the number of jobs the new infrastructure plan would create.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace pushed Secretary Buttigieg on the number of jobs the new infrastructure plan would create.
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He then pressed Buttigieg on whether he agreed that he and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese — who both used the 19 million number — were exaggerating the impact the infrastructure package would have on jobs.

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“But the bottom line is, it’s going to add jobs. And this is a direct refutation of people who are saying otherwise,” Buttigieg said.

“So, yes, you’re right, I should be very precise. The difference in jobs that that particular analysis suggests is 2.7 million more. That is a great place to be​.​ ​W​hy wouldn’t we want America to create 2.7 million more jobs​?” he added​.  

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