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Monday, September 10, 2018

Why Trump tweets

It was a story little publicized outside the financial wires 10 days ago. Reuters reported, "Ford Motor Co has abruptly killed a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the United States because of the prospect of higher U.S. tariffs, the head of the automaker’s North American operations said Friday."

On Sunday, suddenly everyone in the political press had a story about this.

President Trump's Twitter account had struck again.

“Ford has abruptly killed a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the U.S. because of the prospect of higher U.S. Tariffs.” CNBC. This is just the beginning. This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!

And just for good measure, he tweeted an hour later.

If the U.S. sells a car into China, there is a tax of 25%. If China sells a car into the U.S., there is a tax of 2%. Does anybody think that is FAIR? The days of the U.S. being ripped-off by other nations is OVER!

The political press gathered its feces to throw at the cage bars. The reports Sunday afternoon had the same theme, as if the Democratic Party had quickly slapped together a scenario for reporters to follow.

The New York Times reported: "Trump Says Tariffs Mean Ford Can Make New Model at Home. Ford Says It Won't."

Bloomberg News reported: "Apple, Ford Urged by Trump to Move Jobs Home. They Probably Won't."

CNN reported: "Ford tells Trump why it won't make China-built car in US ."

Once again, President Trump got these super duper anti-Trump sleuths to report the news he wanted and to quote him accurately because he kept his message short and to the point.

The original story made President Trump look good, so the political press ignored it. He revived the story more than a week later. This time they bit the bait.

The original story by Reuters noted, "The Chinese-made Focus Active, which Ford calls a crossover, would have been a niche vehicle for the United States, and the decision to abandon plans to launch it in the U.S. market next year will not cost jobs or have a significant impact on the automaker’s U.S. sales, Ford North America chief Kumar Galhotra told reporters during a conference call on Friday,"

The decision "will not cost jobs."

In America.

China is someone else's worry.

Actually, we should gain jobs or at least maintain them as people who would have bought this vehicle are going to buy some other car.

The best part is President Trump got an anti-Trump political press to cover the story. This is why he tweets.


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  1. The Fake Newsers think they’re piranha, but they’re just so many koi carp.

    I wonder if Trump yells “Heads up!” when he dumps the Twitter fish food on them?

  2. Ain't no Trump like the one we got.

  3. Ford was gonna kowtow to the Chinese seeking for some quid pro quo that may or may not have happened. The only profit to them was the prospect of more business in China while they would be stuck marketing a niche vehicle in the USA which would have realized very marginal profits at best.

    Trump did them a favor.

  4. Excellent and interesting post! I love Trump's tweets. Anyone who tells him to stop tweeting is asking him to unilaterally disarm in the face of the media's 24-hour overdrive attacks on him.

    But why aren't more Republican leaders tweeting too, to support him?????? Wimps. He can't fight the entire battle by himself. I'd like to see more vigorous support by our WV senator, Shelley Moore Capito.
    Too many Republican "leaders" are afraid of becoming targets of the media themselves. Yep-- they would indeed become targets. But let's flood them with targets, then no one person would be so battered, and the media would go nuts (and hopefully self-destruct) trying to cover all the Republican defenders of Trump.

    1. The problem is when you used the phrase “Republican Leader”.

      The losers in Washington at the highest levels of the Republican Party are in leadership positions but they are not leaders.

      There are a few good men who hopefully will attain the leadership positions soon.

    2. But they'll only get the leadership positions if Republicans win the House and Senate. Senate Republicans who are not currently up for reelection should be out there (in districts where they would have a positive impact) campaigning to help vulnerable Republican House candidates. Trump can't support them all by himself through his rallies. Senate Republicans-- man up and get out there to help.

  5. First thing I check every morning is the President's twitter account.

  6. Trump = owner
    Tweets = laser pointer
    Press = cats

    It amazes me that it works . . . EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!


    1. And the thing is, even some cats don’t react to laser pointers.

      They just look at the red dot on the ground, then look at you and go, “Yeah, right.”

      Guess it doesn’t pass the smell test.

      The Fake Newsers should think about that.

  7. Any Chinese made car sold in the US would come at the expense of another car that went unpurchased. Perhaps that might have been another imported vehicle or maybe it would have been a car made in the US. If the latter, Trump just saved Americans jobs.

  8. I have been telling people this is why the President's tweets are so great, you have proved my point Don, plus while the press are kept busy regarding the tweets he has made, President Trump quietly gets more work done (deregulations for example) and so it is a win win situation for America. Thank you Don for exposing this.

  9. It is sometimes impossible, but I avoid Chinese products like the plague.

    The recent recall of a contaminated blood pressure med, Valsartan, was a Chinese made drug. They can't even get goddam dog food right, WTF are we buying prescription meds from them?

  10. I notice they didn't say they weren't going to make the car, just that it wouldn't be imported to the US. Imported to the rest of the world where a very small SUV might sell better, probably.

  11. I do not know how to tweet, only minimally can I text. Trump can teach me when he retires after his second term.

  12. Trump tweets but he is smarter than most politicians and better at it than most people. He doesn't drink alcohol and that is another advantage he has over his adversaries. He drives the narrative with those tweets for sure.

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