APFwebs: Letters from the Editor
Trump is into walls: the infamous wall along our Mexican border, for which US citizens—not Mexico—will pay billions. And now trade walls, against solar panels and washing machines and…
On March 26, in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Ken Thomas wrote Trump, Ryan face off in rare public clash over tariffs:
House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump pleaded with him Monday to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade war. Trump retorted: “We’re not backing down.”
The president said U.S. neighbors Canada and Mexico would not be spared from his plans for special import taxes on steel and aluminum…
“We’ve had a very bad deal with Mexico; we’ve had a very bad deal with Canada. It’s called NAFTA,” he declared.
Overseas, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said the European Union could respond by taxing American goods including bourbon, blue jeans and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Trump threatened to tax European cars if the EU boosts tariffs on American products in response to his plan.
Meanwhile, Trump has spent a third of his first year of service at Mar-a-Lago, golfing. We may recall he said of his predecessor, “Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., [he] spent the day playing golf.”
One very cost-effective wall for US citizens to build would be around Mar-a-Lago, with Trump inside. There he could play golf all the live-long day, sealed off from Twitter and the onus of sensible dealings with the real world.
Perhaps the Mar-a-Lago walls should be of stainless steel, to provide mirrors for self adulation.