Donald Trump went from the depths of defensive behavior to the heights of happy economic news with mind-jarring speed. All this occurred during the time period since Trump ordered one of Iranian’s top people, General Qasem Soleimani assassinated and put America on the very edge of World War III. The assassination occurred less than one week ago on January 3, 2020.
Thursday, Trump tweeted about people’s 409k’s, which was interesting, because there is no such animal or financial item. The reporters around the president assumed that the president was referring to a 401k, which is:
‘[A] company-sponsored retirement account to which employees can contribute a certain amount that employers match either fully or partially.’
Donald Trump tweeted an all-capitalized tweet about the stock market, according to The Business Insider:
‘STOCK MARKET AT ALL-TIME HIGH! HOW ARE YOUR 409K’S DOING? 70%, 80%, 90% up? Only 50% up! What are you doing wrong?’
Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts tweeted with a reference to a tweet that has been erased. He said:
MSNBC and NBC journalist David Gura had some fun at the president’s expense:
‘FINANCIAL ADVISER: Hi, David.
ME: Hi. HOW IS MY 409K DOING?!
FINANCIAL ADVISER: Um.
ME: 70%, 80%, 90% up?
FINANCIAL ADVISER: David…
ME: What are you doing wrong?’
Then about an hour later, Trump deleted this blooper tweet. Then, he sent out another one that correctly, showed the item as 401k’s.
Others jumped upon the 409k blooper. Check out how they responded:
‘[H]ow is your “409K” doing everybody’
Vox journalist Aaron Rupar added:
‘Trump deleted and reposted to fix the “409K” thing but will never figure out how apostrophes work’
Comedian Nick Jack Pappas had some fun, too:
‘Trump tweeted out 409K because he has no idea what a 401K is or how it actually works. He’s never saved money in his life, he only goes into debt. The ultra-wealthy are out of touch.’
Former South Carolina congressman Bakari Sellers (D-SC) tweeted:
‘My 409k has a couple billion in it. I just have to find it.’
How appropriate that The Village Idiot summed it up:
‘Well if you find a 409 k lol let me know I don’t have one but if you come up with one I am going to the market start searching for that cleaner with money. Maybe you need to check 401k you might have a better chance at finding it’
Trump also bragged about “curing childhood cancer.” However, his administration has budgeted to cut science and medical research programs deeply. The president told the cheering crowd Thursday night as he ran through the achievements of his administration.
‘We will achieve new breakthroughs in science and medicine. I see what they are doing. I see it. They show me. The things we are doing in our country today. There’s never been anything like it. We will be ending the AIDS epidemic shortly in America, and curing childhood cancer very shortly.’
His budget asked for a 13 percent cut to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a 12% cut to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) He was especially hard on the National Cancer Institute, cutting fund by $4.5 billion. He also wanted to cut an entire Department of Energy. It funded speculative technology deemed to be too risky for private investors.
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