Earlier on Friday, Labor Department data showed job growth accelerated in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, pointing to rapidly tightening labor market conditions that also showed wages rising solidly.
"Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning", Trump tweeted this morning about an hour before 8:30 EST.
U.S. job growth accelerated in May and the unemployment rate dropped to an 18-year low of 3.8%, pointing to rapidly tightening labour market conditions, which could stir concerns about inflation.
But investors weren't waiting for the official report.
In the span of time between when Trump posted his tweet and when the jobs report was released, USA treasury yields shot up.
Apart from the government employees who work on the report, the other people with early access are a small group of reporters, locked up in a room without cellphone or internet access until after 8:30 a.m.
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Trump's decision to seemingly pimp out the job numbers before they were officially released is controversial because it could result in traders taking advantage on positive data that is exclusive to the executive branch.
President Donald Trump has already expressed his excitement for today's data. The tweet certainly suggested that a good number was coming. "The advance info is sacrosanct - not to be shared", tweeted Bush administration White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.
The rule further specifies that federal employees other than Labor Department staff charged with issuing the report can not publicly comment on the data for the first hour after the release time, let alone ahead of the report.
"You should have gotten the employment numbers from the Council of Economic Advisers yesterday".
A Friday morning tweet from President Donald Trump previewing the May jobs report is raising alarm bells among some economists and former government employees as to whether he may have violated longstanding government protocol.
Officials at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump had been briefed about the report Thursday.
"Perception is reality", said Rodgers, now a professor at Rutgers University.