Trump administration has mixed messages on Louisiana economy


November 08, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The White House is sending mixed messages about Louisiana’s economy while President Donald Trump tries to unseat Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Trump trashed Edwards’ economic performance Wednesday at a Monroe rally, as he works to replace the Deep South’s only Democratic governor with Republican businessman Eddie Rispone. Rispone also regularly criticizes Edwards on the economy.

But the Trump administration seemed to have a different message Wednesday on Twitter.

In tweets, the White House touted Louisiana’s economy as “booming” with its lowest unemployment rate since 2008 and a strong energy industry.

Trump LA 2.jpeg (97 KB)Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks on set before the start of the Louisiana Governor's runoff debate, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at Louisiana Public Broadcasting in Baton Rouge, La. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

Edwards’ campaign says that’s an indicator of the governor’s strong performance in office.

The White House credited Trump.

Trump returns to Louisiana next week, with a Nov. 14 pro-Rispone rally planned in Bossier City, two days before the election.

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Photo: President Donald speaks at a campaign rally in Monroe, La., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Trump was in Louisiana to promote Republican Gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, who is in a runoff with incumbent Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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