Trump Tells Military 'We're the Envy of the World Right Now' On Christmas Eve Conference: 'Every Foreign Leader That Sees Me' Says 'Congratulations'

President Donald Trump told members of the U.S. military Tuesday that "we're the envy of the world right now" after rattling off a host of observations about the health of the economy.

"Everybody that sees me, every foreign leader that sees me, they come up and they say, 'What are you doing? Congratulations, we've never seen anything like it,'" he said. "They want to do it too, but it doesn't work out so well for them. We are doing something that's never been done before, and our numbers reflect it."

Participating in a Christmas Eve teleconference from Mar-a-Lago with members of the military, Trump claimed that the current unemployment is "the best we've ever had." While not an absolute record, the rate, however, has achieved a 50-year low.

Trump followed up with that claim by citing several minority groups: "African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, the numbers are incredible," he said.

While Trump has presided over record or near-record lows for African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates, claiming sole credit can be misleading, economists say. The African-American unemployment rate, for example, began a steady downward trend during the recovery from the 2008 financial crisis. That trend has largely remained consistent over a decade.

As the president heads into a heated re-election battle, attitudes toward the economy are serving as a tailwind for his campaign. Fifty-five percent of U.S. adults have a positive perception of the health of the economy, according to a Gallup survey conducted in November.

Quinnipiac University measured the most positive ratings of the economy among registered voters in 18 years. At the same time, Trump matched the highest approval rating he has received while in office. And those numbers are closely linked.

A majority of voters who perceive current economic conditions as positive, 56 percent, approve of the job Trump is doing as president.

"That view of a strong economy seems to be helping President Trump match his highest job approval rating since being elected, despite facing becoming the third president in U.S. history to be impeached this week," Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow said in a news statement.

"I want to thank everybody," Trump said concluding the call. "I want you to have a great Christmas. I want you to have an incredible New Year. I think we're poised for tremendous success in the United States."

The White House has not yet responded to a request seeking comment.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a White House Mental Health Summit in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House on December 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty
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