President Trump attacks the media for coverage about tariffs in a speech he delivered to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention on Tuesday.
"But remember, they have the biggest, best, strongest lobbyists, and they’re doing a number," the president said. "Just stick with us. Don’t believe the crap you see from these people — the fake news."
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We’re now in the midst of a great economic revival. And it’s for that reason that I chose — this is the time. Last year, our country lost 817 billion — with a “B” — dollars on trade. We lost $817 billion. And people say, “Oh, could you do it this week? Could you get it done immediately?” These countries have been ripping us off for decades. It doesn’t take a week. It takes a little longer. But we’re going to get it done. But just remember, we can’t lose $817 billion.
We rebuilt China. What the European Union is doing to us is incredible. How bad. They made a $151 billion last year — our trade deficit with the European Union. They sound nice but they’re rough. They’re all coming in to see me tomorrow. They’re all coming to the White House.
I said, “You have to change.” They didn’t want to change. I said, “Okay. Good. We’re going to tariff your cars.” They send millions of cars — Mercedes, all of them, BMW. So many cars. I said, “We’re going to have to tariff your cars.” They said, “When can we show up? When can we be there?”
“Would tomorrow be okay?”
Oh, folks, stick with us. Stick with us. Amazing.
But remember, they have the biggest, best, strongest lobbyists, and they’re doing a number. Just stick with us. Don’t believe the crap you see from these people — the fake news.
I mean, I saw a piece on NBC today. NBC — not just CNN. CNN is the worst. But I saw a piece on NBC; it was heart-throbbing. They were interviewing people — they probably go through 20, and then they pick the one that sounds like the worst. But they went through a group of people. In fact, I wanted to say, “I got to do something about this Trump.”
And that piece was done by the lobbyists and by the people that they hire. It was a total setup. This country is doing better than it’s ever done before, economically. This is the time to take off the rip-off of tariff. We have to do it.
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