Donald Trump’s Unintelligible Presidency – The New Yorker – Donald Trump Sucks

Donald Trump’s Unintelligible Presidency – The New Yorker – Donald Trump Sucks

Why are we spending so much time trying to match what Donald J. Trump says to reality? Is it because he is the President of the United States, and could start a war with words? Or because we place some sort of value on the truth, or on the meaning of words? Whatever the source of our folly, it is, from the President’s perspective, just that: a big waste of time. Reality will contort itself to match his imagination—his Presidentialness—all on its own. He doesn’t even need to sign laws, let alone accurately describe what he wants to do. He is in the White House; the world and time bend.

That, at any rate, is among the secondary conclusions that one can draw from Trump’s interview, over the weekend, with Julie Pace, the White House correspondent for the Associated Press. (The primary one is familiar: the country is in unsteady hands.) To take one example, Pace asked Trump about his assertions, during the campaign, that he would designate China as a currency manipulator (a label that has consequences under U.S. trade law) for suppressing the value of its currency in order to prop up its exports. China had once done so, but since about 2014, it has basically been engaged in the reverse practice: propping up its currency to stop capital flight. But that is not a timeline that Trump recognizes. According to the A.P.’s transcript (which includes, at a number of points, the note…

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