Donald Trump spontaneously decided to call Maria Bartiromo’s Fox Business show for an impromptu interview. He babbled incoherently for most of it while lashing out wildly at the Fed chairman and an entire continent. See if you can make any sense of this babbling mess when talking about trade:
Bartiromo, perhaps cognizant that Fox Business is ostensibly a business network, tried to steer things into a discussion of the administration’s ongoing trade negotiations with China, but Trump instead made a series of hyperbolic and false statements, including his familiar mischaracterization of how tariffs work.
“Europe treats us worse than China,” Trump said. “Europe is — you know, look, I come from Europe [Trump is actually from Queens, New York]. We come — you come from Europe, okay, you’re of the European nations. European nations were set up in order to take advantage of the United States.”
Um. Okay. Where did he learn history, exactly, from the back of a matchbook? Virtually all of the nations of Europe were all established long before the United States existed, of course. Just bizarre. Then he attacked the Fed chairman Jerome Powell, a man he appointed himself, with this childish explanation for why Powell won’t just do what he wants him to do.
One day after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell delivered a speech in which he stressed the central bank’s independence, Trump — who has been angry with his handpicked chair for not cutting interest rates — trashed him.
“Here’s a guy — nobody ever heard of him before. And now, I made him, and he wants to show how tough he is, okay. Let him show how tough he is. He’s a — he’s a — he’s not doing a good job,” Trump said.
He’s showing how tough he is? That’s why he thinks Powell won’t keep lowering interest rates for him? Apparently he thinks everyone is as simpleminded and insecure as he is. And he is once again acting like a mafia don, thinking everyone who works in his administration is supposed to protect him and do whatever he demands of them. But that isn’t the job of the Fed. It was set up to be independent from political pressure so the members of the board can make decisions without regard to which politicians or party it might hurt or help.
But this is perhaps his most bizarre accusation:
“The two lovers, the two pathetic lovers, those two lovebirds,” Trump said of the pair. “Robert Mueller, they worked for him… they had texts back and forth… Mueller terminated them illegally. He terminated the emails, he terminated all of the stuff between Strzok and Page… He terminated them. They’re gone. That’s illegal. That’s a crime.”
*scratches head* So Mueller discovered that Strzok and Page had been sending very strident anti-Trump texts to another. He decided that they might be too biased to pursue the evidence objectively, or at least that there would be a perception of that if those messages were made public, which they were. That was the responsible thing for Mueller to do, and it was an action that Trump should be happy about. Instead, he declares their termination to be a crime. Bartiromo, were she an actual journalist, would have stopped him and asked him what crime Mueller committed. But she’s a Fox News hack, so she just said “wow” and let him move on to the next spasm of stupdity. Talk about journalistic malpractice.
He becomes more and more incoherent by the day.