“Look, here’s where we are. We have the fastest-growing economy in the world. The world. The world,” Biden said.
Asked for comment on Friday, a White House official did not attempt to specifically defend Biden’s claim that the US has the fastest-growing economy in the world.
Those comments are accurate. But Biden said on Kimmel’s show, three times, that the US economy is growing faster than that of any other country in “the world,” not just growing faster than six particular countries. And that’s inaccurate.
How the US compares
We’ll add one caveat. There are various ways to measure growth — among other things, you can pick different start and end points and different gauges of economic activity — and there are various complications involved in the data.
We’ll respectfully stick with our harsher conclusion. If Biden was citing some unusual or obscure measure of growth, he could have explained that. He didn’t, and the White House didn’t either when asked for comment.