During the early stages of his 11-day trip to Asia, President Donald Trump appeared in front of a number Japanese business leaders and railed against what he deemed to be the country’s unethical trade edge over their American manufacturing counter parts.
“For the last many decades, Japan has been winning. You do know that. Right now our trade with Japan is not fair and it isn’t open,” said Trump, according to Bloomberg.
Aside from complaining about Japan’s “not fair” trade situation, Trump also reportedly asked the business leaders if they could just manufacture their cars in America instead.
Pres Trump asks Japanese auto makers if they could build their cars in the US and not just ship them over.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 6, 2017
“Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. That’s not too much to ask. Is that rude to ask?” Said Trump.
This mindbogglingly ridiculous proposal from Trump — which wasn’t the first time he demanded the Japanese car industry to change to help the US — triggered a heap of mockery from Twitter:
I bet they will agree to this. https://t.co/qllxQ1fKRY
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 6, 2017
This is staggering in its ignorance. https://t.co/bUtkIYPZqb
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 6, 2017
Who’s gonna tell him? https://t.co/DhUQQ7WqYO
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) November 6, 2017
presidentbraingenious presidentbraingenious presidentbraingenious presidentbraingenious presidentbraingenious presidentbraingenious https://t.co/1IvuwUJx3L
— Matt Christman (@cushbomb) November 6, 2017
What a dealmaker. https://t.co/PruvDCKmGT
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) November 6, 2017
he’s going to ask the CEO of Boeing why they don’t make the whole plane out of the black box https://t.co/mURRlBmBsx
— The Discourse Lover (@Trillburne) November 6, 2017
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