President Donald Trump knows the most important factor for having a country: steel.
The president made the bizarre declaration on Friday morning, presumably responding to criticism of his decision to place hefty tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum.
“We must protect our country and our workers. Our steel industry is in bad shape. IF YOU DON’T HAVE STEEL, YOU DON’T HAVE A COUNTRY!” Trump wrote.
We must protect our country and our workers. Our steel industry is in bad shape. IF YOU DON’T HAVE STEEL, YOU DON’T HAVE A COUNTRY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
Trump’s plan, which would impose 25 percent tariff on foreign steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminium, reportedly shocked his advisers.
“What’s been allowed to go on for decades is disgraceful, it’s disgraceful,” Trump said on Thursday shortly after announcing his plan.
Following Trump’s announcement, the stock market fell more than 400 points, with shares of several major companies like Ford and General Motors dropping as a result of the announcement, according to CNBC.
But the president tried to shrug off fears of a trade war by declaring that they are “good, and easy to win” in a tweet on Friday.
The response to Trump’s tariffs has not been met kindly by all conservatives. The right-leaning editorial board of the Wall Street Journal called the plan the “biggest policy blunder of his presidency.”
“This tax increase will punish American workers, invite retaliation that will harm U.S. exports, divide his political coalition at home, anger allies abroad, and undermine his tax and regulatory reforms,” the paper’s editorial on Friday read.
But the biggest pushback seemed to be happening on Twitter. Many people quickly pointed out that Trump reportedly used foreign steel for several of his properties in the past.
How come you used steel from China ? https://t.co/wIfHK2nTSM— Leslie Marshall (@LeslieMarshall) March 2, 2018
Says the man who has built in the US with Chinese steel because it was cheaper. https://t.co/7VgDApyuRn— David Sheridan (@SheridanFinAid) March 2, 2018
Bitch, you bought Chinese steel in the 80s/90s & put my old man out of work. 🖕🏻 https://t.co/IX1uMe8esv— Rummy (@RumfordJohnny) March 2, 2018
They also found the president’s suggestion that without steel, you can’t have a country quite baffling—with some speculating he learned about trade from playing board games.
FACT CHECK: It is actually possible to not manufacture steel and still have a countryhttps://t.co/vPgycq6ERz— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 2, 2018
For what it's worth, this strategy works wonders in Settlers of Catan https://t.co/fvWtzBMxii— mattfred (@itsmattfred) March 2, 2018
Settlers of Catan is basically a trade war. And that's fun. So Trump must be right.— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 2, 2018
This message brought to you, not surprisingly, by the year 1953. https://t.co/QuJj3UlNJO— John Tomase (@jtomase) March 2, 2018
However, there’s no chance Trump has ever played Settlers of Catan.