Trump tells us NOW?

Yes, FINALLY…..or at least I hadn’t heard it before…

Mr. Trump, yesterday morning at his presser on the grass before getting on the helicopter, spent a LOT of time answering questions.   He spoke of Biden in ways that got a lot of criticism, he spoke about Mexico and that he ‘respects’ the Mexican president who has said horrid things about him.   He said he got a ‘beautiful’ letter from Kim Jung Un which was  “very personal, very warm…” oy.

But there was something I say “FINALLY” about which I felt was important and has barely been discussed:

Americans have been led to believe  that Trump’s tariffs on China will be very tough on our spending…prices will go up because China’s companies have to pay the tariffs…

Trump said “China SUBSIDIZES  companies so the companies don’t pass on a huge mark-up to consumers like America….”  WHAT???   I thought that was pretty important, big and interesting news and that I personally hadn’t heard that before.

HAD YOU?   What do you think of it?   I’ve been speaking a lot lately of how Trump is doing a lot of good things but doesn’t EXPLAIN them to the public well…….I found this a good example.

Z

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18 Responses to Trump tells us NOW?

  1. Law and Order Teacher says:

    I agree. He has done a good job, but as media savvy as he is, he leaves a lot of good things on the table. He needs a better PR department. He depends too much on himself.

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  2. geeez2014 says:

    L&OT, had you heard about this Chinese subsidy thing? it’s a HUGE thing in relation to how many AMericans were saying ‘Trump’s so stupid! He’s putting tariffs on the Chinese and WE will have to pick up that tab!” Not so fast!

    and yes, I’ve been saying for months that Trump’s WH is NOT serving him well at ALL.

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  3. Kid says:

    Certainly agree with LAOT. Our side can’t rely only on Hannity, Ingrahm, and a few others. There aren’t that many people that even watch or listen that stuff anyway.

    Even without China subsidizing, tariffs will not affect prices in America on a one to one % basis if at all.

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  4. Mustang says:

    Color me confused. The entire purpose of tariffs is to discourage American consumers from purchasing foreign-made goods. If China is now subsidizing production costs, then they have effectively blocked the imposed tariffs. Pretty smart, IMO. Trump’s next move should be to increase the tariffs. But that’s a bit off topic. Trump is no dummy, but he sure does act like one when it comes to public relations … and I’m not at all sure anyone in the White House (the staff) can do much about it. I can almost see these people rolling their eyes and muttering expletives each and every time he goes off the rails. But it is what it is …

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  5. ACUCHUCK says:

    I actually like his going off the rails, keeps the opposition from knowing where he’s coming from and most of all what and where he’s going NEXT!!!

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  6. Law and Order Teacher says:

    The Chinese are no fools. They play the economics game well. Seems to me this a long haul thing. Either or a negotiated end. 2020 throws a monkey wrench into things. This is the sole solid talking point the Dems have.

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  7. Mal says:

    It reminded me of an incident 8 years ago while shopping in Kohl’s. I saw a Chinese man with his young son, and told him I was 82 and showed him a man’s long sleeve dress shirt that after the sale, coupon, etc. was only $5. He smiled, and said “In China, they’re 4 for a dollar!” I couldn’t believe it! $0.25 a shirt??

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  8. Baysider says:

    Probably the most important thing mentioned, yes. Chinese subsidies of their favorite/connected companies has long been a bone of contention. It may have sailed over the heads of reporters, but I thought it was well know. Similar to U.S. gov subsidies of ConAgra or the $4B a year WE pay to subsidize 4,500 domestic sugar producers in what has been described as a “Stalinist-style supply control initiative” that keeps prices artificially high when all costs are considered.

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  9. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, no, not well known, clearly! If might be a bone of contention but Trump was gloating about it so it does SOMETHING for his plans for China…and us.

    Mustang, that’s true, we want to choke China by NOT buying their goods, but the problem nobody faces is that they make nearly everything we use. . And cheap.
    See Mal’s comment.

    Who’s going to supply those things to us at the Target/WalMart/Other cheap store prices? Not America!!

    Kid, you say “Our side can’t rely only on Hannity, Ingrahm, and a few others”….when Hannity and Ingraham are about the last of Trump’s big fans…………how do you mean we can’t rely on them?
    It’s the White House people who I believe are doing a disservice to Trump….SOMEONE tells him the wrong info he spouts, the bad stats, etc…..most presidents at least get most of their facts right. Who’s feeding HIM?

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  10. Kid says:

    Z, Can’t rely on the talking heads because not that many people watch and of the ones who do, probably 90% or more are Trump supporters already. (All statistics made up on the spot of course)

    Need a way to get the message out to the Independents though mainly.

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  11. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I’m confused because Hannity and Ingraham have a huge following..higher ratings than other cable or network.
    But, ya, more supporters watch than not (Stats made on the spot…..Hilarious!)

    Definitely need to get the message out to indies….who mostly only hear of the non facts and faux pas of DJT, thanks to the mainstream media.

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  12. bunkerville says:

    Our country ran on tariffs for the most part until the income tax was approved around 1912…We were self sufficient and should have stayed that way like the rest of the world does. Nothing wrong with a little isolationism… 🙂

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  13. Kid says:

    From some recent ratings stats:
    Sean Hannity, who took first place in terms of total viewers, with 3.026 million, and FNC’s Tucker Carlson (2.825 million). Among viewers 25-54, the audience most coveted by major national advertisers, Hannity won with 571,000, followed by Carlson (539,000).

    That’s not many people.

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  14. ACUCHUCK may have a valid point: his going off the rails, keeps the opposition from knowing where he’s coming from and most of all what and where he’s going NEXT.

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  15. Mal says:

    Good point, AOW. And if WE don’t know where he’s going, neither do the Chinese, Russians, or No-Ko’s Kim. Lets keep it that way and frustrate the bajeez out of ’em!

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  16. geeez2014 says:

    Ya, AOW and Mal, I used to have that same hope. I don’t anymore.
    I do, however, think that as bad as it was for him to compliment a family-murdering dictator like Kim, on his ‘beautiful, personal and warm letter,’…I believe flattering the JERK isn’t a bad thing to do IF he does our bidding.

    SOmething Trump often repeats is “I believe N Korea can be a good world player and that Kim wants that, too. And I think he can.” I believe that’s a good way to bring this jerk around.

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  17. Kid says:

    Z, you should see the post I just made. hahahaaaa

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  18. Bob says:

    China and other countries have been subsidizing some of their companies for decades. it is a common thing, and we have occasionally done the same thing in defense of our home companies. For example, Caterpillar has a lot of subsidized competition from all over the world (Japan, Korea, etc) whose products are helped by their governments. The problem is that once you start defending certain of our companies with subsidies, you are automatically knocking other American companies out of the competition.

    Trump is right to go after China, South Korea, and Japan on these tariffed and non-tariffed markets. We must force the rest of the world into a level of playing field for us. We can compete.

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