"The President's been lying, non-stop, saying that China would pay for the tariffs – just like Mexico would pay for the wall."
President Donald Trump followed up his weekend of nearly 100 tweets with an early Monday morning tweetstorm starting at 6:09 AM.
Most of the President's tweets were in defense of his tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods imported from China into the U.S. – the vast majority of which increase costs to Americans because the tariffs are paid for by the companies that import the goods, who generally pass them on to consumers via higher prices.
And the president was widely mocked for these tweets, by an informed general public and many experts.
One set of Trump's defensive tweets garnered a great deal of attention, for being wholly false.
"The President's been lying, non-stop, saying that China would pay for the tariffs – just like Mexico would pay for the wall," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough noted.
"What's so important for American taxpayers to know is this is a $200B tax increase on them." -- @JoeNBC https://t.co/d3gkMPLtir— Morning Joe (@Morning Joe)1557744339.0
Politico's Chief Economic Correspondent also weighed in:
The exact opposite has been proven. https://t.co/qsCsafTz3b https://t.co/ltLhsTqyDt— Ben White (@Ben White)1557745046.0
But it was this totally false Trump tweet that drew total mockery:
The unexpectedly good first quarter 3.2% GDP was greatly helped by Tariffs from China. Some people just don’t get it!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1557745338.0
Here's a noted American development economist:
Yeah. The people who “don’t get it” include your own economic advisors —> https://t.co/hQ0rC32oeS Maybe if you jus… https://t.co/cc6BMUMwss— Michael Clemens (@Michael Clemens)1557746047.0
A CNN Business economy reporter:
Chart from @OxfordEconomics shows the difference: https://t.co/Gyq37Ise5d— Lydia DePillis (@Lydia DePillis)1557746041.0
Editor-in-chief, SAIS Observer. Freelance journalist:
London Bureau Chief for The Street:
"Tariffs from China." Lolz https://t.co/R8XV4DBw3y— Martin Baccardax (@Martin Baccardax)1557745956.0
Professor, Washington University in St. Louis:
Senior Writer, Bloomberg Economics:
"Some people just don't get it!" https://t.co/tCb860JBkR— Shawn Donnan (@Shawn Donnan)1557745639.0
Wall Street financier, Morning Joe Economic Analyst:
Anyone who really looks at the GDP report would “get” that half of the 3.2% was due to transitory factors (inventor… https://t.co/J6voBA7Awb— Steven Rattner (@Steven Rattner)1557747721.0
Bloomberg News economics editor:
GDP got a boost because imports fell after surging in the second half of 2018 to beat tariffs that were then put on… https://t.co/Y98et2gmkU— Scott Lanman (@Scott Lanman)1557746159.0