If my boss announced at the office Xmas party that we were getting a 10% raise and it turned out to only be 2.6% - I would be f**king raging.
Fiction: What was the pay rise figure?
The president also announced that he had secured a sizable pay increase for troops.
Some of his advisers had suggested 2, 3 or 4%, he said, adding that he had made clear that this was not enough: "I said: 'No. Make it 10%. Make it more than 10%.' Because it's been a long time, it's been more than 10 years."
But as a number of US commentators noted, armed forces personnel have in fact received a pay rise in each of the past 10 years.
The increase for 2019, approved by Congress and signed by the president in August, will be 2.6%.
It is the largest rise for troops since 2010, but not significantly more than last year's 2.4%.