President Trump has been in Asia this week, touring the continent to both promote U.S. economic interests and to bolster the West’s defense against North Korea. He’s returning to an ongoing GOP effort to pass tax cuts, something that if successful, would represent the most significant success for the GOP since Trump took office.
When it was late Monday night on the East Coast, Trump took to Twitter to claim that his work to promote U.S. economic interests in Asia had been a success, although he offered no immediate evidence for this claim and there’s no reason to take what he’s saying as true.
‘After my tour of Asia, all Countries dealing with us on TRADE know that the rules have changed. The United States has to be treated fairly and in a reciprocal fashion. The massive TRADE deficits must go down quickly!’
Not only is there no immediate evidence for Trump’s lofty claim being true, but there is also immediate evidence for it being false.
Trump attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Danang, Vietnam, in recent days, and on the sidelines of this summit, the companies that would have been a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership had Trump not torpedoed it worked on making their own deal, without the United States. This prospective deal may be called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, according to Vietnamese trade minister Tran Tuan Anh. The Vietnamese trade minister told reporters of the negotiations that the involved countries had “overcome the hardest part.”
Although Trump successfully pressured the other APEC countries into releasing a statement attacking “unfair trade practices” and “market distorting subsidies,” the fact that the TPP countries moved forward on a deal without the United States is perhaps the biggest, glaring indication that what Trump is saying here is utter nonsense.
For what it’s worth, Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi commented that “he hoped that moving ahead with the deal would be a step towards bringing back the United States.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership isn’t even the only major international deal that Trump has pulled us back from since taking office.
Infamously, Trump also announced earlier this year that he would be withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. Trump’s reasoning, in this case, was similar to his reasoning for withdrawing from the TPP — jobs jobs jobs.
Trump’s effort to save dead U.S. manufacturing jobs is killing off our relationships with our allies, and overall, it’s just holding the U.S. back. Making items be made in the U.S. and the U.S. alone when they could be made elsewhere is going to do nothing but isolate us and drive up prices — and although this fact seems to be lost on Trump, that’s not good.
Trump posted further comments on Twitter in line with his tweet quoted above.
He “made many good friends”? That’s his takeaway? Can he not treat this with any more seriousness than schoolyard politics?
At about the same time as his other tweets, Trump posted a ridiculously cryptic message about a planned announcement. If we’re lucky, the announcement will be that he’s resigning.
Shortly after his initial tweets, Trump posted a false claim that Rasmussen polls are more accurate than the rest, when in fact, Rasmussen polls are routinely biased in his favor.
After all of that, Trump posted praise for the “amazing staff” of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and their families.
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump below.
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