Trump's World Pulses With Promising News

Three times in three days, Trump has threatened to shut down the government over funding for his border wall. The president believes immigration will rally his voters this fall, and he may be right.
President Trump departs the White House Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Source: Win McNamee

The media world that revolves around President Trump is a world of promising news, which is to say news that is mostly about promises.

The stories that dominate front pages and lead newscasts are typically about things that might happen, or could happen. And sometimes, these things actually do happen.

Many of these promises are the president's own. On Friday, indubitably good news about 4.1 percent economic growth in the second quarter led the president to promise even better days ahead:

"We're on track to hit the highest annual average growth rate in over 13 years. And I will say this right now, and I'll say it strongly: As the trade deals come in one by one, we're going to go a lot higher than these numbers."

Most economists may be skeptical

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