President Trump is known for his bashing of what he calls the “Failing New York Times”. Even though the New York Times’ readership is up year-over-year and their popularity has grown tremendously since Trump has taken office, the President still loves to insult them, whether there is a basis for the insults or not — in this case, not.
Our 45th President has no problem dishing out the insults, but when it comes to receiving them, his skin is as thin as Chinese rice paper. The comparison to Chinese rice paper is no accident on my part, as there was plenty of pun intended there.
This morning the not-failing New York Times published an article titled, “Trump Is China’s Chump“, and expectedly it got a response from our rice-paper-skinned President.
“The failing @nytimes writes false story after false story about me,” Trump tweeted this morning. “They don’t even call to verify the facts of a story. A Fake News Joke!”
In reality though, the story was not false. It talked about Trump’s gift to China when he elected to tear up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This agreement was seen as a blessing in disguise by those who live in China because now Trump has no backing when he tries to negotiate trade deals with the Asian nation.
“Trump simply threw away the single most valuable tool America had for shaping the geo-economic future of the region our way and for pressuring China to open its markets,” Thomas L. Friedman, wrote in the article. “Trump is now trying to negotiate trade openings with China alone — as opposed to negotiating with China as the head of a 12-nation TPP trading bloc that was based on U.S. values and interests and that controlled 40 percent of the global economy.”
Trump has shown over and over again that he has no knowledge of many of the things he campaigned on. Whether it was his insistence that creating a better healthcare plan would be “easy”, or the fact that he once stated that China was part of the TPP, Trump is merely a face-plate for the rest of his administration — and certainly not a very pretty one at that.
Trump gets angry when he’s attacked, whether those attacks are warranted or not. Our President who campaigned on the promise to “Make America Great Again”, seems to be more interested in making the rest of the world even greater. Whether it is an enemy like Russia, or a country that threatens us from a manufacturing standpoint like China, Trump’s moves so far have certainly let other nations feel as though they are making up ground on a country that was once seen to be the leader of the free world.