The LTE is caught up in Trump mendacity.
TPP was in the works from 2008 to 2016 ending with 12 signatories including our biggest trading partners, Canada and Mexico. China was excluded. Another half dozen or so, including South Korea, India and Indonesia were in the wings for later membership. The pressure on China would have been a lot stronger than just the US. Our obvious vulnerability in agriculture as well as long standing supply lines in China made going alone more painful And, so far, ineffective after 1 1/2 years. Not to mention the taxpayers are having to cough up tens of billions to support farmers. Trump needs those votes, after all.
Trump is lining up scapegoats: “whiney” farmers, mismanaged businesses, The Fed Chairman’s, the Democrats, the media, my dog Max… Absent from that list, of course, is Trump himself. Mr. “trade wars are easy to win” which is a stupid slap in the face of Xi, leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world.
As for the memory lapse, a friendly reminder to the LTE author of the lofty goals of the GOP after the 2010 midterms:
“Here’s John Boehner, the likely speaker if Republicans take the House, offering his plans for Obama’s agenda: “We’re going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell summed up his plan to National Journal: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
How easily and conveniently the right wing bubble wrapped followers seem to forget the flagrant attempts to destroy our lest President.