Trump just got caught in a lie about his Mexico tariff deal and lashed out in fury

There’s nothing President Trump hates more than being called out publicly on his cons.

Hence, The New York Times was directly in his crosshairs this morning as Trump approached his keyboard to begin spewing his latest vitriolic frustrations over his inability to continue his charade of victory in the great Mexican tariff war of 2019.

The president’s anger was triggered by the newspaper’s revelation that the grand deal that Trump announced with Mexico to avert the problem of Trump’s own making primarily consisted of measures that our southern neighbor had already agreed to implement in previous discussions with U.S. negotiators prior to the president’s histrionic threat to impose irrational, economically-damaging tariffs on goods crossing the border.

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According to The New York Times:

“Friday’s joint declaration says Mexico agreed to the “deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border.” But the Mexican government had already pledged to do that in March during secret talks in Miami between Kirstjen Nielsen, then the secretary of homeland security, and Olga Sanchez, the Mexican secretary of the interior, the officials said.”

“The centerpiece of Mr. Trump’s deal was an expansion of a program to allow asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their legal cases proceed. But that arrangement was reached in December in a pair of painstakingly negotiated diplomatic notes that the two countries exchanged. Ms. Nielsen announced the Migrant Protection Protocols during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee five days before Christmas.”

“And over the past week, negotiators failed to persuade Mexico to accept a “safe third country” treaty that would have given the United States the legal ability to reject asylum seekers if they had not sought refuge in Mexico first.”

The exposure of this last failure — coupled with the disclosure that the other supposed negotiating victories were achieved long before Trump’s tariff tantrum — inspired a new round of media bashing from the president, one that included his usual fallacious description of The New York Times as “failing” and a First Amendment-threatening accusation of the free and unfettered press as “The Enemy of the People!”

Trump attempts to keep his con going by inventing a new undisclosed provision in the agreement with Mexico “That will be announced at the appropriate time.”

It is as if he were saying “You don’t like these fake Rolexes I have arrayed on my arm? Don’t worry! I have another one that you’ll love! Just let me run home and get it for you.”

The real tell in Trump’s con is his conflation of his own failures with those of the United States in his accusing the media of deliberately attempting to destroy the nation.

After manufacturing a crisis and then rushing in to proclaim himself the savior in that same crisis without actually achieving anything new — knowing that his bluff had failed after facing a rebellion from his own party over his threats to destroy the U.S. economy through the imposition of what amounted to a massive tax hike — Trump refuses once again to accept personal responsibility for his debacle and tries to claim that reporting the truth about his pitiful attempts at trade and immigration policy are attacks on the nation rather than the mere declaration that the would-be emperor is standing naked.

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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.


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