Trump destroyed his own lie that China is paying all the tariffs after talking to Apple’s Tim Cook about the cost to US companies.
Trump said, “I had a very good meeting with Tim Cook. I have a lot of respect for Tim cook. One of the things he made a good case that Samsung is the number one competitor and Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in South Korea. And it’s tough for Apple to pay tariffs if they’re competing with a very good company that’s not. I said how good a competitor. He said they’re a very good competitor. So Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in a different location mostly south Korea but they’re based in South Korea. Made a very compelling argument so I’m thinking about it.”
Trump has no idea how tariffs work. He believes the last person that he talks to, and is quite simply clueless on economics.
The president has been telling his supporters for years, inaccurately, that China pays the tariffs. It has become a mantra as soon as the topic of his trade war comes up, but after a conversation with “Tim Apple,”Trump admits that US companies are paying the tariffs.
The reason why the US has a consistent or coherent policy in any area is that Trump casually contradicts himself on everything. There is no intellectual basis for any decision. There are no core facts. Trump floats around like an empty orange balloon repeating the last thing that is said to him.
Never has there been a president who took so much while offering the country so little in return.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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