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STEALTH JEFF @drawandstrike
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Quick primer on the mess Trump is attempting to fix on trade with countries like China, Canada & the European countries:

1) You can't trust our own politicians to tell you the truth about trade because they've been paid to lie to us.
Here's just one example:

Why have none of the talking heads or politicians who put themselves forth as trade experts ever told you that?

Well it's simple. Our trade 'experts' and 'representatives' in our gov't have been paid a BOATLOAD OF CASH by foreign lobbyists to NOT TELL YOU these kind of things.

According to them, nothing to see here, everything's fine.
You don't know about the staggering trade imbalances because the people who've found their niche on TV, in Congress & in the print media make bank on hiding this kind of information from the public.

They've all been bought off.
2) These same people who've been taking foreign lobby $ to hide the massive trade deficits from the public will attack anyone who publicizes the information they're hiding.

So Trump knows going into this there would be a concentrated effort to attack him for talking about it.
Instead of educating the public about the actual trade situation, what the trade lobby does is shriek that TRUMP IS THE PROBLEM and he needs to be stopped. He's going to make everything worse! etc. etc.
3) Before Trump every single President over the last 50 years or so looked at the situation & opted out of dealing with it. They knew if they really tried to put American trade interests FIRST, the trade lobby & special interests would mass at the gates and storm the castle.
4) Trump not only expected to be attacked by these people, he's successfully GOING AROUND THEM and making his case directly to the American public using his Twitter account and his rallies. He understands how to use his bully pulpit, and so the trade lobby doesn't scare him.
5) Trump is determined to end the huge scam politicians & the trade lobby - among others - have been pulling on American voters for decades.

Here's how the scam works:
Step 1: Politician raises donations to run for office promising to get fair trade for our industries/farmers. Voters give him lots of $.

Step 2: Politician wins election, goes to DC

Step 3: Trade lobby/special interests offer politician massive bribes to maintain status quo
Step 4: Politician takes the $ from the trade lobby, finds endless excuses why things are really fine, no reason to rock the boat, etc.

Nobody knows better than Trump how this game is played, because he was once 1 of the special interests buying influence in DC.
6) Trump is being successful at SHOWING the public how bad the trade imbalances are, how unfair the trade practices are. Then he's moving to actually FIX the problems.

Of course, this drives the professional elite class of trade lobbyists nuts.
This the first time a President cut through all their BS and put American trade interests first, and no matter how hard they try with their counter-messaging to try to stop him or rob him of support, the trade lobby can't make any headway against Trump.
American trade interests have not come first in decades because a corrupt system developed in which foreign interests with deep pockets discovered they could simply BUY American politicians/influence & craft our trade policy for us.
And President Donald Trump is 100% correct. The present trade system as it existed when he took office is GROSSLY UNFAIR to American workers and industries and he is determined to change that situation.

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ADDENDUM: Q Meme Warrior tweeted a graph that makes a key point: the foreign lobbyists pay off REPUBLICANS far more than they do Democrats.

If you want to know why the RINO Never Trump establishment brigade wants Trump gone as fast as possible, 1 *big* reason is his trade policies are threatening to expose/end their gathering of this huge stash of cash every election cycle.
So what? Plenty of people still in gov't positions view Trump as their enemy. I can make the case "Trump's own administration" was SPYING on him after he assumed office.

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