Crooked imbecile Donald Trump isn’t satisfied with undermining existing US trade authorities in order to push his absurd protectionist/populist agenda—now he’s creating entirely new positions, and staffing them with lunatics as ill-informed as he is.
The Financial Times reports that the orange-skinned man-baby, who came up nearly 3 million votes short yet still slithered into the Presidency, thinks the government needs a National Trade Council to oversee industrial policy from inside the White House, and he’s appointing economist Peter Navarro to run it. Navarro is the author of Death by China and Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World, and believes the US is engaged in an economic war with, and should be more aggressive toward, China. Good plan, considering the Chinese hold enough of our debt to sink our economy completely, right?
Trump has been quoted as saying, “I read one of Peter’s books on America’s trade problems years ago and was impressed by the clarity of his arguments and thoroughness of his research. He has presciently documented the harms inflicted by globalism on American workers, and laid out a path forward to restore our middle class.” This is an obvious lie—Trump doesn’t read books.
The goal of the National Trade Council will be to decrease the trade deficit and institute a “Buy America, Hire America” program intended to create infrastructure and defense jobs, working together with the National Security Council, the National Economic Council and the Domestic Policy Council. Of course, what the serially bankrupt Trump fails to realize is that his protectionist policies will lead to an even larger trade deficit, screwing American workers even more. But as long as he can find a way to personally profit from it, he’ll never need to care.
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