In a televised phone interview with Fox Business News shill Maria Bartiromo, Trump spoke about the administration‘s disastrous trade war, dumping out this word salad… see if you can follow or make sense of it…
“We had a deal with [China], and it was very close, we were just finishing it, and you know my whole life is deals. I know when we have them and when we don’t—like with Mexico, we made a deal with Mexico…they know what we have, and if we don’t have intellectual property, theft protections, the opening of China…if we don’t have the opening of China, if we don’t have the things we negotiated, maybe even more than that…and right now, look, we’re getting 25% on $250 billion worth of goods, nobody ever heard of such a thing, it’s massive amount of money. Don’t play, don’t let anyone tell you that China’s not paying for it, China’s paying for it…and we’re not paying for any of it.
Since tariffs have been on, the market has been going through the roof if you know what I’m talking about…Now you have another $325 billion I haven’t taxed yet. IT’S. RIPE. FOR. TAXING. For putting tariffs on…. It‘s been an incredible thing. Am I happy now? Absolutely…. When you say,
‘Are we going to make a deal?’
It’s possible we’re going to make a deal, but I’m also very happy where we are now, we’re taking in a fortune…. There’s no way you can beat the tariffs, there‘s no way you can make that money…[the tariffs] help us in ways that nobody even wants to talk about, that I don’t want to talk about them.”
Nonsense. I’m not an economist but Trump is so out of his depth here it’s laughable.
Bariromo: “Is Europe going to be your next target after you’re done with China?”
“Europe treats us worse than China. I come from Europe, you come from Europe, you’re of the European nations. European nations were set up in order to take advantage of the United States…. They have [European Central Bank president Mario] Draghi who is—we should have Draghi instead of our Fed person. Draghi, as you know, last week he said lower interest rates and we’re going to stimulate the economy… and with us we have a Fed that keeps raising interest rates.”
Here’s a guy [Fed Chair Jerome Powell] nobody ever heard of him before. And now, I made him, and he wants to show how tough he is, okay. Let him show how tough he is. He’s a– he’s a– he’s not doing a good job.”
(FYI, the Fed has not raised interest rates since December and indicated last week that a cut may be coming. Trump then said that he has “the right” to demote or fire the Fed chair, which he does not. Oh, sorry. Facts have no place here.)
Trump also commented that he’ll veto a $4.5 billion bill that includes provisions to improve horrifying conditions for migrant children, saying,
“I’m not happy with it because there’s no money for protection… It’s like we’re running hospitals over there now.”
Evil POS. AND then he congratulated himself for not killing a bunch of Iranians,
“They shot down our drone, I decided not to kill a lot of Iranians. I know a lot of Iranians. I like Iranians so much. And that plays into the decision, too. They’re human beings. They’re people. I didn’t want to kill 150 people when they shot down an unmanned drone, so I didn’t do that.”
Contrast anything you heard onstage in the last two nights on those crowded stages of Democratic Candidates with what this this lunatic says here and you’ll admit that if we had the Dems draw straws to get the nomination, we’d all be better off with any one of them (including Williamson & deBlasio)
(Photo, screen grab; via The Hive)