Trump didn’t in­vent ‘prime the pump’

Cape Breton Post - - World -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has taken credit for coin­ing the phrase “prime the pump,” seem­ingly un­aware that it was pop­u­lar­ized dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion. He tells The Econ­o­mist mag­a­zine he “came up with it a cou­ple of days ago, and I thought it was good.”

The Mer­riam-Web­ster dic­tionary peo­ple quickly tweeted that the phrase “prim­ing the pump” has been around since the early 1800s. It be­came pop­u­lar in the 1930s when Franklin Roo­sevelt flushed money into the econ­omy to fight the De­pres­sion.

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