For years candidate and then President Donald Trump boasted and bragged about what a great deal maker he is, while denigrating, destroying, and tearing up trade deals made by his Republican and Democratic predecessors.
U.S. registers the largest trade deficit in goods in its history, growing by 10% to $891.25 billion in 2018 https://t.co/ZdaAuk2C5n— The Wall Street Journal (@The Wall Street Journal) 1551879798.0
That means the U.S. in 2018 imported $891.2 billion more goods than it exported – a massive deficit, and a massive 10% increase.
If you add in the services sector, the U.S. trade deficit is still $621 billion, $100 billion more than under President Barack Obama.
"The president thus begins his reelection drive with a core campaign promise unfulfilled — and with a recent flurry of economic research showing that his embrace of tariffs is damaging the U.S. economy," The Washington Post notes.
Remember this tweet from December?
....I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay… https://t.co/fj8Bwjgywu— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1543935821.0
Bloomberg News does: "Tariff-Man Trump to Preside Over $100 Billion Jump in Trade Gap."