On Tuesday, ABC News' Jon Karl pressed White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest concerning remarks made by former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that small business creation has “stalled out” in the U.S. under President Obama. Clinton made the remarks on Monday during a campaign event in New Hampshire.
Earnest: I didn’t see the entirety of her remarks, but I can tell you that the president certainly believes there is more that we can do here in Washington to put in place policies that will further strengthen job creation in our economy.
Karl: Do you agree with Hillary Clinton that under President Barack Obama small business creation has ‘stalled out?’
Earnest: I’m not sure that’s a direct quote. I suspect that it’s not.
Karl then quoted Clinton saying that small business creation has “stalled out.”
Earnest: The president himself has said many times that there are additional important steps that can be taken by Washington, D.C., where members of Congress no longer serve as impediment to forward economic momentum, but actually they can support it.
Karl: That’s not my question, though, I just asked: do you agree that small business creation has stalled out in the United States?
Earnest: Again, I didn’t see the entirety of her remarks.
Karl: Has small business creation stalled out in the United States?
Earnest: We’ll take a look at the statistics.