It’s no secret that Donald Trump came into power with not much of an idea of what he should be doing as president of the United States. His past experience is as a businessman operating according to often shady principles in the private sector, not as a public servant.
Since taking office, he has continued with the freewheeling attitude that came to define his time in the private sector, having recently increased its application in the field of global trade policy. His administration has imposed a host of tariffs on countries around the world, including Canada, Mexico, and those in the European Union — and, somehow, he thinks that through ensuing looming threats of a trade war, the situation will be good for American farmers.
He expressed that sentiment on Twitter this Monday, writing a message that read:
‘Farmers have not been doing well for 15 years. Mexico, Canada, China and others have treated them unfairly. By the time I finish trade talks, that will change. Big trade barriers against U.S. farmers, and other businesses, will finally be broken. Massive trade deficits no longer!’
It’s a rosy picture that he attempts to paint, but it’s not based in reality.
No matter what satisfaction he gets from imposing punitive tariffs in response to trade deficits, American farmers — the very group he’s claiming here to be sticking up for — may suffer.
Retaliatory tariffs from any country on imported American agricultural products will increase the strain on an already struggling American farming community. There have been looming threats of such tariffs on everything from soybeans to cranberries, and the threats have already prompted some foreign interests to slow down purchases of American agricultural goods.
National director of the American Soybean Association Joel Schreurs put the issue as follows, speaking specifically of possible Chinese tariffs on his organization’s product:
‘It’s disheartening that a market we’ve worked so long and so hard for, and spent hundreds of millions of dollars advancing it, could be swept away with a swish of a pen. Hopefully they can reach some sort of agreement here and get things resolved.’
There have been inklings of agreements that would keep the country from falling into a trade war, but as the president’s latest tweets indicate, those agreements aren’t exactly solid yet.
His current aggression comes after an at this point lengthy history of railing against, over here in the Western Hemisphere, the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, otherwise known as NAFTA. He has repeatedly suggested that he would withdraw the United States from that agreement despite scant evidence that the deal is the devilish American job killer he’s made it out to be.
It’s all a part of a pattern of the president going his own way no matter what the cost, a trend he’s proudly touted through such means as explicitly dismissing the significance of a trade war.
He is committed to his ideas and you’d be hard pressed to find an example of him shifting them to be more in line with established principles, no matter whether he’s actually been able to put them into practice.
The above cited tweet comes after a barrage of others that included him struggling yet again with spelling the word “counsel.”
Check out Twitter’s response to the president below.
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