"I don't think he gave anything away", Larry Kudlow, director of Trump's National Economic Council, said in an interview with CNBC.
But even hinting or commenting on the report less than an hour after its official release violates the Office of Management and Budget's Statistical Policy Directive No. 3.
Austan Goolsbee, another former CEA chair under Obama, tweeted "If the president just tipped that the numbers are good, he broke the law".
Markets did not appear to react much to the tweet ahead of release time, with just some movement in Treasuries and the dollar - but were delighted afterwards.
"The unemployment and underemployment rates both ticked down, and reflect the continued tightening in the labor market", Sameer Samana, global quantitative and technical strategist with Wells Fargo Investment Institute told FOX Business.
"It's a judgment call", Kudlow said.
For decades, federal officials have taken great care to prevent providing any early indications to investors about monthly jobs report data that can move markets.
Given that Trump didn't report exact numbers, it's probable that he didn't technically violate the rule in question, but he certainly came close to doing so, and it raises concerns about the future and what impact this breach of protocol will have in the future.
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President Trump's tweet ahead of the jobs report caught some bond traders off guard and sparked conversation across trading floors. "As a fine friend and ally of the United States, nobody denies that".
And late a year ago, responding to criticism that he had been silent about the deaths of four U.S. Special Forces members in Niger, the president referred the 2010 death of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's son in Afghanistan, publicly revealing what Kelly had shared privately with him - that then-President Barack Obama did not call Kelly after his son's death.
Obama officials chimed in as well, with former Council of Economic Advisers chairman Jason Furman tweeting: "You should have gotten the employment numbers from the Council of Economic Advisers yesterday".
Some Republicans also spoke out.
Their statement came as Mr Trump's economic adviser admitted that placing duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium from Canada, Mexico and the European Union could jeopardise the USA economy. "The advance info is sacrosanct - not to be shared".
"He simply ignored the wall", New York University presidential historian Timothy Naftali said of Trump's post Friday.
Mickey Levy, chief economist at Berenberg Capital Markets in NY, said in a phone interview that "the best thing to do is to wait and see the number and size things up". "And will do so next month should there be a tweet, or lack of one".
And few expected the move to have repercussions for Trump. The U.S. added 223,000 new jobs in May, beating economist expectations of 190,000. "Unlikely that there will be a reprimand or any kind of official reaction; the issue will fade within a day or two, but next month's report will get more attention than usual". Spokespeople for several committees, including the House Financial Services and Senate Banking panels, didn't respond to requests for comment Friday.