Former President Obama raised eyebrows earlier this month when he said he, not President Trump, should get credit for the historically strong U.S. economy.

Speaking at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on September 7, Obama criticized Trump and said, “When you hear how great the economy’s doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started.”

President Trump soon fired back, telling supporters, “He was trying to take credit for this incredible thing that’s happening. It wasn’t him.”

Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips visited Michigan State University to speak to students and see who they think deserves credit for the state of the U.S. economy.


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Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, a majority of students said Trump, not Obama, should get credit.

“He’s been out long enough now, [the economy] is not on him anymore, it’s more on Donald Trump. So I guess he’s a little bit in the wrong," one student said of Obama's comments.

Another added, “I feel like once a president’s done they hand it off. ... In terms of [economic] confidence and changing people’s attitudes, I would say that’s mostly Trump.”

Even some self-identified liberals admitted that the economy is booming under Trump.

“I would probably, unfortunately, side with Trump for this one. I think that he has done a lot for the economy that Obama didn’t do such a good job on, so I guess I’ll side with Trump,” one student said.

“Of all the things I have a problem with, the economy isn’t one of them. ... He’s a businessman. I think that’s his strong suit,” another said.

On "Fox & Friends" Thursday, Phillips said he was not terribly surprised by the responses, because he believes young people see the anti-Trump rhetoric in college classrooms and in the media and they realize that rhetoric does not match up with reality.

"A lot of people are realizing, 'Wait a second, everyone keeps telling me that things are going to go horrible under President Trump, and they're actually going pretty well.'" 

Watch the "Fox & Friends" segment above, and check out the Campus Reform video below.


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