There are numerous issues afflicting the people of the United States, from the largely failing health care system to the seemingly ever-growing threat of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. These issues have been exacerbated by President Trump’s actions, but — judging off his Twitter account at least — he thinks everything is getting along just fine.
Early Wednesday, on the first full day of his Thanksgiving trip to his Florida Mar-A-Lago resort, he took to Twitter to rattle off a list of supposed successes that he wanted to take credit for.
‘Will be having meetings and working the phones from the Winter White House in Florida (Mar-a-Lago). Stock Market hit new Record High yesterday – $5.5 trillion gain since E. Many companies coming back to the U.S. Military building up and getting very strong.’
To start with, Trump’s suggestion that his trip to Mar-A-Lago resort will be largely taken up by work is laughable. Plenty of times in the past he’s claimed that a trip of his was going to be taken up mostly by work, and after he got to whichever of his properties he was going to, he was found to be golfing.
It’s not as though the argument is that Trump shouldn’t take a Thanksgiving vacation. The argument is, for one, just that he should not beat around the bush. It is, by all appearances, extremely difficult for Trump to admit wrongdoing, and it’s concurrently extremely difficult for him to admit any deviation from his pseudo-Messianic plan to “Make America Great Again.”
Trump has also, notably, spent a significant chunk of time criticizing past leaders — meaning Barack Obama — for supposedly taking too much time off. Although he claimed before taking office that he wouldn’t do any such thing, he has already put himself on pace to cost the government more in travel expenses than President Obama did.
There’s another issue with Trump’s tweet, too. The economic success that he points to got its start under the Obama administration.
The condition of the stock market — as you can see in the chart below — didn’t all of a sudden start improving once Trump took office. Although it stagnated somewhat in the closing years of the Obama administration, throughout the bulk of Obama’s time in office, it was improving.
The same can be said for the improvement of other economic indicators, such as the unemployment rate, which Trump regularly — and wrongfully — takes credit for.
Concurrent to this, numerous companies whose decisions to invest in the U.S. Trump has pointed to as a supposed success of his policies actually made their decisions completely independent of anything having to do with him.
The issues with Trump’s tweet don’t stop there. Trump has focused on building up the military, but it’s come in correlation to the renewed danger of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. Trump, through his incessant tweeting, has exacerbated this problem, as he seems to be under the impression that he can cyberbully North Korea until it gets under control.
Despite all of this, in Trump’s world, the U.S. is getting along just fine.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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