Truth … full disclosure … transparency as NOT part of TRUMP’S making America great again… …Deception, propaganda, “alternative fact,” fake news … that’s the Trump credo…

…Truth … full disclosure … transparency as NOT part of TRUMP’S making America great again…

…Deception, propaganda, “alternative fact,” fake news … that’s the Trump credo…


Trump’s own Cabinet secretary just admitted Trump’s word isn’t worth much

By Aaron Blake March 5 at 11:30 AM…. Email the author…..President Trump announced Thursday that he would impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports — apparently launching a trade war. Since then, the White House has repeatedly suggested it’s possible things could change.

But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s evasiveness on this topic during an interview Sunday was particularly remarkable.

During an interview with “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd, Ross was pressed over and over on whether this was a done deal. And he repeatedly suggested it was subject to the whims of the president — that nothing was done until Trump put pen to paper.

Here’s the exchange (emphases added):

TODD: So this is going to happen this week for sure? The way he said it — 25 percent, 10 percent?

ROSS: Whatever his final decision is is what will happen.

TODD: Meaning this isn’t a done deal.

ROSS: I didn’t say that. I just said what he has said, he has said. If he says something different, it’ll be something different. I have no reason to think he’s going to change.

TODD: [Laughter] What does this mean? You just said, “Well, he may say this, and he may say that.”

ROSS: No, I didn’t say that. I said he is the one who makes the decision. He has made a decision at this point — 25 and 10. If he, for some reason, should change his mind, then it’ll change.

TODD: Are you —

ROSS: I have no reason to believe he’s going to change his mind.

And then later:

TODD: Will you say definitively that this is going to happen this week?

ROSS: The president has announced that this will happen this week. I have no reason to think otherwise.

Uh, apparently you do, though. Imagine any other president making such an announcement and then having his own Commerce secretary suggest it wasn’t totally final. Trump was asked Thursday what the tariffs would be, and he said it would be "25 percent for steel. It will be 10 percent for aluminum. And it will be for a long period of time.” Then he repeated: “Twenty-five for steel, and 10 for aluminum. It’s being written now.” There’s generally no reason to suggest such things could change, because the president wouldn’t have said that without making sure it was final.

 

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