02:02 GMT20 January 2021
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    Earlier on Friday, the US Labour Department said in its monthly employment report that the United States lost a historic 20.5 million jobs in April due to lockdowns implemented to slow the spread of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, bumping up the nation’s unemployment rate to 14.7 percent.

    The hashtag #TrumpDepression has been gathering popularity on Twitter amid the US Labour Department's report on April job losses and the historic rise of unemployment in the country, as well as a subsequent comment from US President Donald Trump on the startling unemployment numbers in which he claims that the statistics are “fully expected”.

    The president on Friday said during an interview on “Fox & Friends”, that he cannot be blamed for the country’s loss of over 20 million jobs.

    “It’s fully expected. There’s no surprise,” Trump said. “Somebody said, ‘Oh, look at this.’ Well, even the Democrats aren’t blaming me for that, but what I can do is I’ll bring it back”.

    Trump told the hosts that he is confident that lost jobs will restored as soon as the coronavirus goes away.

    “We artificially closed it. Those jobs will all be back, and they’ll be back very soon and next year we’re going to have a phenomenal year. People are ready to go. We’ve got to get it open, safely. People are ready to go,” the POTUS said.

    Following Trump’s comments, Netizens took to Twitter to accuse the president of damaging the nation’s economy after failing to manage the country through the coronavirus pandemic.

    Trump is repeatedly criticized for responding too slowly and taking no significant action to address the COVID crisis, particularly at the early stages of its spread.

    “#TrumpDepression could have ALL been prevented if Trump actually cared, didn't golf, and believed in science,” one user tweeted.

    Some users called for Trump to immediately step down and leave the office of the presidency, and some suggested that he is nothing more than a person who fails.

    “There's still time today for @realDonaldTrump to resign and go **** himself#TrumpDepression,” a user tweeted.

    Some users incorporated the hashtag to defend the president from the flood of criticism.

    “When this all started I said leftists would attempt to force an economic recession in hopes of damaging Trump,” a Twitterian tweeted. “The #TrumpDepression hashtag proves they’re doing it openly: demanding continued lockdowns that unemploy millions, tank the economy and then blaming it on Trump”.

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