Nonstop Trade Lies: Markets Not Exactly Pleased With Trump's Tariff Man Act


The markets have taken back Friday's lie from Mnuchin that trade talks were going well. The lies from Trump continue.

On Friday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin halted a market selloff with a single word, "constructive". That lie was exposed over the weekend. The trade talks with China are not constructive.

Trade Lie of the Day Today

Trade Lie of the Day Sunday

We are definitely not where we want to be. Trump wanted a trade deal did he not? Did he get one?

Trade Lie of the Day Saturday

The US does not collect tariffs. They are a tax on consumers and businesses.

Note that Trump's economic adviser, Larry Kudlow Admits the Obvious: Trump is Wrong.

Lies of the Day Friday

Joke of the Day

Trump takes credit for performance of the Boston Red Sox.

Peter Schiff Rebuttal of Trump's Position on Trade

I agree with Schiff on every point above.


Trump claimed there would be "money left over"after feeding the world's poor to fund other needs.

“With the over 100 Billion Dollars in Tariffs that we take in we will buy agricultural products from our Great Farmers, in larger amounts than China ever did, and ship it to poor & starving countries in the form of humanitarian assistance. ... Our Farmers will do better, faster, and starving nations can now be helped. ... If we bought 15 Billion Dollars of Agriculture from our Farmers, far more than China buys now, we would have more than 85 Billion Dollars left over for new Infrastructure, Healthcare, or anything else.”

That's the biggest lie of all. Effectively, Trump is in favor of a tax on US consumers to protect his political base in the agricultural states from his unwinnable trade war.

Note that Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Going Bankrupt in Record Numbers, Blame Trump Tariffs.

Beaten Badly?

Logic would dictate that you can only be beaten badly in a trade deal if the deal is closed.


Placing demands the other side will never agree with is not beating them badly.

Such foolishness by Trump is why he has not closed a single deal.

In Trump's perverse world there is a winner and a loser in every deal. In practice, both sides have to believe they gain, or they do not make a deal.

Stop the Damn Lies

Trump's trade lies prompted me to pen on Friday Dear President Trump: Stop the Damn Trade Lies.

The lies continue nonstop. More are certain to come.

In regards to Peter Schiff's GDP rebuttal, I said the same things in Explaining the First-Quarter GDP 3.2% Surprise.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Lie of the day.

Take a record stock market and go back a week for doom and gloom article.

Post a chart of the stock market from Jan 20, 2017. Oh - this is just a blip.

"The US does not collect tariffs. They are a tax on consumers and businesses."

Only if choose you to pay it. And, FYI, this how America fully funded itself before the 1913 Federal income tax. Hey! Let's take a Mish poll. Would you rather pay a forced income tax enforced by the corrupted IRS or some tariffs on some imported goods?

The economy (cough - China - cough) that has to import food/energy and must have a positive $500+ billion surplus in the balance of trade just to keep a lid on massive upheavals is going to lose big time.

China has been in an economic war with America for the last 20 years.

Trump knows this. You know this. Voting Americans know this.

And we are happy to finally be fighting back.


I ask again, for all you anti-free trade folks, if tariffs are so powerful to promote US interests, would someone please explain to me CONCISELY why both democratic and republican presidents since Eisenhower have never used them.


I think he likes to say the word tariff. The guy was a C student at UPenn (not wharton). We finally know Trump's business success has been a big lie based on overstating values, getting loans based on those values and then taking writedowns on values and renegotiating loans. As far as I can see its constant renegotiation because he cant negotiate.

The American consumer could have afforded to fight this war in the 80s or 90s. But now that the horses are all out of the stable and the middle class is broke the last thing they can afford is higher prices. Are people really willing to pay higher prices for stuff ? We are going to find out. My guess is no and we nosedive into a recession by the end of summer. Xie has the luxury of time. Trump will simply be thrown out of office and Xie knows he has to deal with someone else.


it may be possible to get some americans ranting about those of the other party but economics is fairly well taught and republican orthodoxy has long been around free trade. on this trump will have an uphill and perhaps impossible battle. republicans have told trump he's running out of time and they do not want more tariffs


By the way if China doesn't show up at the next treasury auction bad things will happen. They already devalued their currency in advance. The next step will be to sell some dollars while the dollars are high. China is a fake economy anyway. The beauty of central control is central control. People in China dont have false expectations. People in the US live based on treasured values like freedom and liberty and go broke in the process. MMT/0% rates arent far away.