I thought about putting this in the other group but I decided it's not really a financial thing it's a political thing. Again today Trump is tweeting the market is up 25% since he won the election, that the US has "gained 5.2 trillion in stock market value" since I was elected. Last week he appeared to be claiming that the rise in the stock market offset some of the national debt, and now his people are going on tv(CNN etc) and parroting that claim. Just yesterday in a debate about how his healthcare actions would cost the government money, a Trump defender outright stated it's more than offset by the stock market gains. Can anybody explain to me what the hell they're talking about? Near as I can tell the US government doesn't have money in the market that's going up? Is this just another example of him trying to distract people, or does he honestly think that the market going up helps reduce the national debt? I own stocks and yes I'm doing quite well in stocks since the election, I fully get that, but I don't for a minute see a connection to the debt. He's also now taking credit for low unemployment, even though the jobless claims actually went UP last month for the first time in quite awhile, on his watch. This whole thing is mind boggling to me, this alternative facts world we suddenly live in where the President of the United States repeatedly lies and we're so used to it that his supporters actually defend his right to tell lies.