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Breakingviews: Trump’s job spin pales beside Obama’s recovery

President-elect Donald Trump delivered remarks to reporters at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 28, 2016.
Jonathan Ernst | Reuters
President-elect Donald Trump delivered remarks to reporters at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 28, 2016.

Donald Trump likes to take credit, whether it's due or not. His latest claim, made on Wednesday, is that he has spurred the planned creation of 8,000 new jobs at U.S. cellphone giant Sprint and satellite startup OneWeb. These roles, however, were already in the works. Economic activity under outgoing President Barack Obama is creating 180,000 positions every month. Once in the White House, Trump will need more than double-talk to match that pace for long.