Trump's trade policies have cost Americans and corporations more than $3 billion a month in higher taxes, executives affected by them feel "betrayed," and Trump himself has indicated that he doesn't even know how the tariffs he's so eagerly imposed even work.
But if you told him any of that, you might be out of a job.
Just ask the six economic advisors working for the president who all quit their jobs in one day late last month, Politico recently reported, fearing retaliation for publishing the effects of the president's policies in their reports.
The reports warned specifically of the damage Trump's tariffs would do to America's farmers, whom Trump promised to defend.
"[T]wo ERS researchers presented a paper at an economic conference in early 2018 that indicated the GOP tax overhaul would largely benefit the wealthiest farmers — generating negative press coverage that staff members said irked senior officials at USDA," Politico's report cited as one example.
One of the economists who quit said:
"The administration didn’t appreciate some of our findings, so this is retaliation to harm the agency and send a message."
People think they know why it panned out like this.
@thehill He refused to cook the books. Job creation numbers, lie. Economy booming, another lie. Don't trust this administration.— Serge Tshamala (@Serge Tshamala)1557261117.0
@thehill We could have predicted this from the beginning. NOW, gee, economists see the light.— julie watson -Lover of mil/pol thrillers! (@julie watson -Lover of mil/pol thrillers!)1557263516.0
@thehill Surprise, surprise.....Trump lackeys retaliate because qualified, career staffers opt not to cook the books.— Mitch Eiven (@Mitch Eiven)1557260988.0
@thehill The truth hurts. It hurts the potus to where he snaps to get even mindset. Better to get out now with your… https://t.co/Vwf6oYABoM— Traumabay (@Traumabay)1557262376.0
@thehill Did we need a report? It's not like his garbage ass followers will believe this anyway.— Dick Vane (@Dick Vane)1557261052.0
Who knew winning would be so tiresome?