Trump administration has mixed messages on Louisiana economy

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MONROE, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 06: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a “Keep America Great” rally at the Monroe Civic Center on November 06, 2019 in Monroe, Louisiana. President Trump headlined the rally to support Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, who is looking to unseat incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The White House is sending mixed messages about Louisiana’s economy while President Donald Trump tries to unseat Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Trump trashed Edwards’ economic performance Wednesday at a Monroe rally, as he works to replace the Deep South’s only Democratic governor with Republican businessman Eddie Rispone. Rispone also regularly criticizes Edwards on the economy.

But the Trump administration seemed to have a different message Wednesday on Twitter.

In tweets, the White House touted Louisiana’s economy as “booming” with its lowest unemployment rate since 2008 and a strong energy industry.

Edwards’ campaign says that’s an indicator of the governor’s strong performance in office.

The White House credited Trump.

Trump returns to Louisiana next week, with a Nov. 14 pro-Rispone rally planned in Bossier City, two days before the election.

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