On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested that President Trump would easily get the better of China in a trade war because “he’s the best negotiator at the table.”
When asked by ABC News’ Jon Karl about whether he was still confident about his ability to beat China in a trade war, Sanders said,
I think the president feels like if he is in charge of those negotiations, absolutely. He’s the best negotiator at the table, and we certainly have full confidence in his ability to help move things forward.
We have made great progress on NAFTA and we are hoping to have great progress on the trade negotiations with China.
Press Sec. Sanders tells @jonkarl that Pres. Trump "absolutely" still believes trade wars are easy to win "if he is in charge of those negotiations…he's the best negotiator at the table." https://t.co/XQ7uJkSKKT pic.twitter.com/c0Je4qVInO
— ABC News (@ABC) April 6, 2018
As RawStory notes, despite his past boasts of his “deal-making” skills, Trump so far has been unable to get a Congress that is run by his own party to fully fund a wall along the US-Mexico border, which was his single biggest campaign promise.
Trump’s threats to slap heavy tariffs on China have roiled global financial markets for the last week, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday was down by more than 600 points at the time of Sanders’ press conference.
On Twitter, people had a field day with SHS’s characterization of Trump as a great negotiator. Here are some of the best responses:
"He's the best negotiator at the table" if he's the ONLY negotiator at the table. Then, yes.
— Kris Moore (@renardgirl) April 6, 2018
Best negotiator at the table!!! I can’t with her.. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/hLnbCVYPKu
— Michaelangelo (@lomlplexTOGG) April 6, 2018
Best negotiator? Clinton's blowjob didn't cost him $130,000.
— Tom Underwood 🇪🇺🇬🇧 #FBPE (@Tomunde) April 6, 2018
Sarah Says: In talks with China, Trump will be "…the best negotiator at the table." The problem is, China won't be sitting at the kids' table. #ifhermouthismoving
— George Bufford (@GeorgeBufford) April 6, 2018
Let’s see how far the “great negotiator” (aka Stable Genius) has gotten us with his promise of a “terrific” replacement for ACA, Gun Control (if they are unstable you just go in and take their guns!), DACA and then, Infrastructure Week. Now he’s working his magic with Tariffs!
— CoastalResistance (@traci_altson) April 6, 2018
— Hungry H🍩mer (@WolfWolfshield) April 6, 2018
— Midus Well🗽 (@Miduswell) April 6, 2018
And William Shatner thought it was a great idea to record an album….
— congrats chinaski (@john_mock2) April 6, 2018
Oh well, America had a good run.
— Carly The Nasty Genius Woman #Resist (@ondinemonet) April 6, 2018
Tell that to my portfolio pic.twitter.com/CdhVQPFCZF
— Adam Quinton (@adamquinton) April 6, 2018
— Pacho (@AbogadoFg) March 27, 2018
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: President Trump is the best negotiator at the table.
Every bank in NYC: 😂
Trump casinos: 😂😂
Trump airlines: 😂😂😂
Trump football: 😂😂😂
Trump University: 😂😂😂😂
Stormy Daniels: 😂😂😂😂😂
— nicki 🤓 (@nickiknowsnada) April 6, 2018
— UnitedWeStand (@CoreyVuu) April 6, 2018
Guess that's why he has soooo many bankruptcies
— Rose Ann Barks (@dontpanic1955) April 6, 2018
“Best negotiator at the table” – only if rest of table consists of dead bed bugs.
— Karen Shaw (@kalendaearum) April 6, 2018
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