Trump’s Playbook: Claim Credit For Another Bogus Deal
After recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on Mexico, Trump is now falsely claiming credit for a deal with Mexico that won’t solve anything at all. This is Trump’s playbook: Manufacture a crisis, then falsely claim credit for reaching a solution that won’t actually change anything.
Instead of working on serious proposals to address our nation’s most pressing needs, all Trump has done is make “permanent uncertainty great again.”
Trump's own administration confirmed his “new” deal with Mexico largely consists of provisions that were already agreed to months ago.
New York Times: “The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare on Friday night consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations.”
Trump claimed Mexico had agreed to large purchases of agriculture, but Mexican officials say there was no such agreement.
Bloomberg: “Three Mexican officials said Saturday they were not aware of any side accord in the works, and that agricultural trade hadn’t been discussed during three days of negotiations in Washington that culminated in a joint communique late Friday.”
To try and save face after his bogus deal became transparent, Trump claimed Mexico made secret concessions that he’d announce at a later date.
New York Times: “President Trump asserted on Sunday that there were secret, undisclosed elements to his new immigration agreement with Mexico as he sought to deflect criticism that he achieved less than he had claimed with his threat to impose punitive tariffs.”