Donald Trump has somewhat spontaneously announced restrictions on importation of steel (and aluminum) into the US.
What is the chance that he actually thought he was prohibiting Chris Steele from entering the country?
Some people are accusing Donald Trump of inconsistency. Today in China he praised his hosts and attacked his own country:
“I don’t blame China – after all, who can blame a country for taking advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens… I give China great credit,” said Mr Trump while addressing a room of business leaders.
They contrast it with the tone he struck during the campaign last year:
“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what we’re doing,” he told the campaign rally on Sunday.
But why would anyone assume Donald Trump thinks badly of rapists?
Donald Trump after his discussion with Theresa May at the G20 summit:
We have been working on a trade deal which will be a very, very big deal a very powerful deal, great for both countries and I think we will have that done very, very quickly.
According to the Daily Telegraph,
The President’s comments are a huge boost for Mrs May…
I think it’s hilarious — emblematic of the desperate brexified incompetence of the UK in international trade negotiation. Does anyone think Donald Trump knows what goes into making a trade deal? Don’t they notice that this is just one of the many things that Trump has declared would be “easy” and “fast”. Building a wall on the southern border. Healthcare reform:
“Together we’re going to deliver real change that once again puts Americans first,” Trump said at an October rally in Florida. “That begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare…You’re going to have such great health care, at a tiny fraction of the cost—and it’s going to be so easy.”
Did anyone bother to inform the PM that treaties need to be ratified by a 2/3 majority in the US Senate? That’s not a hurdle you surmount just by holding hands with DT and whispering sweet racial blandishments in his ear. (“Did anyone tell you you have the most Anglo-Saxon eyes?”) A £1 billion bribe isn’t going to cut it either.
It might be worth recalling who Trump said he was getting foreign policy advice from during the election campaign:
I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.
Former Muppets understudy and current foreign secretary Boris Johnson reported yesterday
“That means – crucially – that we will be able to do new free trade deals with countries around the world. They are already queuing up.
The whole world is queueing up! That’s what they mean by spreading British values.