“Look, here’s where we are. We have the fastest growing economy in the world. The world. The world,” Biden said.
When asked Friday, a White House official did not attempt to specifically defend Biden’s claim that the United States has the fastest growing economy in the world.
These comments are correct. But Biden said three times on Kimmel’s show that the U.S. economy is growing faster than any other country in “the world,” not just faster than six countries in particular. And that is incorrect.
How the United States Compares
We will add a caveat. There are different ways to measure growth – among other things, you can choose different starting and ending points and different measures of economic activity – and there are various complications involved in the data.
We respectfully stand by our most severe conclusion. If Biden was citing an unusual or obscure growth metric, he could have explained it. He didn’t, and neither did the White House when asked to comment.