Angry Rust Belt voters, Donald Trump has played you for a fool.
You thought Trump was going to fix America’s trade problem. He promised he would put your interests first when it came to trade with China, Mexico and the rest of those countries that are eating our lunch. You thought he was going to bring back all the jobs and make America great again.
Surprise! He’s not even going to try. When it comes to trade policy, Trump is just like all the other presidents who while out on the campaign trail promise to defend American jobs, but then change their tune once they are in the White House.
The 180-degree switch in Trump’s policy can be traced in a few tweets. In two weeks, he went from talking about what China would give us to talking about what we’d give China.
First, Trump aggressively challenged China’s Xi Jinping on the “massive trade deficits and job losses” before their meeting at the Winter Palace in Mar-A-Lago:
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