Trump to American jobs: Drop dead.
Trump’s trade war will cost Americans at least 146,000 jobs, but Sarah Huckabee Sanders made it clear this administration just doesn’t care about that.
At her most recent daily briefing, Sanders was asked about a new report showing that Trump’s snap decision to start a trade war will cost 146,000 Americans their jobs.
“Has the White House studied how many jobs would be lost or created because of this policy?” asked Fox Business Network’s Blake Burman.
“Look, this is something the president is committed to doing, and he feels that both our national security (sic) are vitally important in this process, and we have to be able to have these industries to protect that, and so that’s a big part of the goal,” Sanders responded, completely skirting the question.
Sanders’ response makes clear that there hasn’t been a White House study on job losses since Trump’s snap decision, and that job losses didn’t figure at all in Trump’s decision making.
“Uh, I’m not going to say that we’re not looking at every facet of this, because we certainly are,” Sanders said as she made it clear jobs weren’t a strong concern. “It’s been a very thoughtful and long process, um, but [national security is] the focus of… the decision that he’s making.”
And the news can only get far worse, because the Trade Partnership study does not account for the effects of trade retaliation, which has already begun.
Trump’s hasty decision has been a rolling political disaster that has made a fool of every administration official who has tried to defend it. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the latest, but she surely won’t be the last.