White House Admits Trump Is Blatantly Lying About His Trade War

Vanity Fair - 05-13

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Since hitting China with job-destroying and consumer-gouging tariffs, Donald Trump has claimed the self-defeating measures are a good thing due to the money the U.S. Treasury is taking in as a result. “I am a Tariff Man,” he tweeted last December. “It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN.” Last Friday, after escalating his now-year-long trade war with Beijing, he insisted, “Tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China of 25% on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods & products. These massive payments go directly to the Treasury of the U.S.” And on Monday morning, he doubled down on his insistence that American consumers should be thanking him on bended knee: “There is no reason for the U.S. Consumer to pay the Tariffs, which take effect on China today,” he tweeted. “Very bad for China, very good for USA!”