Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Friday went on CNBC to defend President Donald Trump’s newly announced plans to slap tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum — and he drew widespread ridicule for his boast about buying a can of Campbell’s Soup.
During a CNBC interview, Ross pulled out a can of soup that he said he had just picked up from a local 7/11. He noted that the can only cost $1.99, and he said that the additional cost per can that would result from the president’s new aluminum tariff would be minuscule for most consumers.
“If that goes up by 25 percent, that’s about six-tenths of one cent,” Ross said while holding up the can. “Who in the world is going to be too bothered by six -enths of a cent?”
The bizarre image of Ross brandishing a soup can to explain the president’s economic policies drew hackles from across the internet — check out the best reactions below.
US commerce minister Wilbur Ross takes time from busy social calendar to extol tinned poultry flavored glop for hungry peasants. pic.twitter.com/oGWngRkQCt
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) March 2, 2018
Wilbur Ross expecting us to believe he walked into a store and bought this can of soup is the *absolute limit* of this week.
Going home now. 🙋♀️ https://t.co/RKam8grQUJ
— Alexis Henshaw (@Prof_Henshaw) March 2, 2018
It’s sad that Trump hired Wilbur Ross for his Sex Appeal and not his business acumen smdh
— Brent Dragoo (@Brent_Dragoo) March 2, 2018
Wilbur Ross's Andy Warhol impression sucks. https://t.co/VMFbErVVmV
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) March 2, 2018
— Brian Hancock (@bwhancock) March 2, 2018
Wilbur Ross should stick to laundering Russian money.
— Skeptic (@abqralph) March 2, 2018
The single mother of two who made an extra $1.50 a pay period from the tax cut who will now pay an extra $5.00 a week when she purchases groceries.
— SpinDoctor (@SpinDr) March 2, 2018
BREAKING: Billionaire bottom-feeder businessman now Commerce Secretary says increasing cost of car is no big deal. Reminds me why everybody on earth has always hated Wilbur Ross like poison.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) March 2, 2018
Wilbur Ross, explaining the cost of steel tariffs pic.twitter.com/NObq0cPlFe
— Daniel Lin (@danwlin) March 2, 2018
Famous grocery shopper Wilbur Ross urges soup tariffs because a country with soup is not a country… https://t.co/nC4RArWBYZ
— Corb (@impulse_random) March 2, 2018
Wilbur Ross is the Nick Foles of goofy cabinet secretaries. When the starters go down he comes up huge in a big situation. https://t.co/SW745ZxXGn
— The Mall Krampus (@cakotz) March 2, 2018
I'd trust this Wilbur before Wilbur Ross because he has a smarter boss. pic.twitter.com/IVSM0vOixz
— BlueRootsRadio (@BlueRootsRadio) March 2, 2018
wilbur ross explaining tariffs pic.twitter.com/e5vfYZ4UMc
— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) March 2, 2018
— [REDACTED]™ (@quasirealSmiths) March 2, 2018