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Trump claims US is 'economic envy of the entire world'

Posted: 9:16 AM, Jul 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-27 15:12:45Z

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised new economic data released Friday, saying the U.S. is the "economic envy of the entire world."

Trump is celebrating data showing the U.S. economy surged in the April-June quarter to an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent.

Trump predictedthat as he renegotiates trade deals, "we're going to go a lot higher than these numbers."

Trump said on the South Lawn of the White House that the economic numbers are "very sustainable."

Trump was joined at the White House by Vice President Mike Pence and several members of his Cabinet. He has been trying to highlight economic gains ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The president thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday for "fulfilling a promise" to return the remains of missing U.S. soldiers from the Korean War , as a U.S. military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases of remains.

North Korea returned the remains of what are believed to be U.S. servicemen killed during the Korean War, a handover that followed through on a promise Kim made to Trump when the leaders met in June in Singapore, the first tangible result from the much-hyped summit.

Trump, addressing reporters on the South Lawn, said a plane was carrying the remains "of some great fallen heroes from America back from the Korean War." He said Vice President Mike Pence would greet the families and the remains of the soldiers, and the president thanked Kim "for keeping his word."