"If it was anyone but the president, you would have just gotten yourself a nice appointment with the FBI or the SEC," Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" before the number was released.
Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow gave further detail on what happened. Kudlow shared he called the president on Air Force One Thursday evening and told him the job numbers.
"I don't think he gave anything away incidentally. And I think this is all according to routine, law and custom," Kudlow said on CNBC Friday.
Later with reporters he defended the president's tweet, saying the actual numbers were not revealed to the public. Kudlow said he would not commit to giving Trump the jobs numbers ahead of time next month saying "it's a judgment call."
He also pushed back on the focus over the tweet, saying the media should cover the strong economy instead.
Stock futures were slightly higher near Friday's opening bell than before the report. The Dow Jones Industrial average was up more than 180 points in late morning trading in New York on Friday.
Investors on social media reacted to the unusual comment by the president.
CNBC has reached out the Labor Department for comment.
—CNBC's Jeff Cox contributed to this report.