Trump’s ‘second thoughts’ on China ‘greatly misinterpreted,’ says White House

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Only days after the media misinterpreted President Donald Trump’s sarcastic joke about being “the chosen one” as a serious remark, the media again misinterpreted the president when he said that he’s had “second thoughts” about his ongoing trade war with China.

While eating breakfast with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson early Sunday morning at the G7 Summit in France, the president was specifically asked by a member of the media whether he boasts “any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China?”

“Yeah, sure. Why Not … Might as well. Might as well … I have second thoughts about everything,” he replied.

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The key words there were second thoughts. The definition of second thoughts is “[a] change of opinion or resolve reached after considering something again.”

Nowhere within the definition is there any mention of regret, which is defined as “[a] feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over an occurrence or something that one has done or failed to do.”

Yet despite the strikingly different definitions of second thoughts and regret, here’s how the allegedly non-biased media interpreted the president’s remarks on Sunday:

Other notable figures shared the fake news as well:

They all seemed to interpret the president’s remarks as him expressing regret for plunging the United States into a trade war with China that they argue is damaging the economy.

However, both White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow have since refuted this interpretation.

In a statement, Grisham said that the only “regret” the president has is not raising tariffs against China even higher.

“The president was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'” she said. “His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative — because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.”

Kudlow echoed this during an appearance on CNN.

“What he was intending to say is he always has second thoughts, and he actually had second thoughts about possibly a higher tariff response to China,” he said. “So it was not to remove the tariff. He was thinking about a higher tariff response.”


Source: CNN

It’s an ironic turn of events, given that the president had tweeted complaints about the media’s coverage of the G7 Summit only moments before the breakfast with Johnson.

Such False and Inaccurate reporting thus far on the G-7. The Fake News knows this but they can’t help themselves! Leaving now to have breakfast with Boris J,” he tweeted.

Dovetailing back to the tariffs, the president effectively gut-punched China on Friday by announcing even more tariffs. He did so in response to the Asian nation announcing a slew of new tariffs on U.S. goods.

“Starting on October 1st, the 250 BILLION DOLLARS of goods and products from China, currently being taxed at 25%, will be taxed at 30%,” Trump announced via Twitter. “Additionally, the remaining 300 BILLION DOLLARS of goods and products from China, that was being taxed from September 1st at 10%, will now be taxed at 15%.”

As of 10:00 am Sunday morning, the president had not yet responded to the media’s false interpretation of his “second thoughts” remark. It’s strongly suspected however that sometime eventually Sunday afternoon or evening, he’ll drop another rant about the “fake news.”


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