On Saturday, following a week in which it became clear that President Donald Trump's tariff threats were not going to produce results with China and U.S. consumers could be slapped with ever-higher prices, the president took to Twitter to give everyone "simple" advice: you can avoid his trade war by manufacturing and buying American!
Such an easy way to avoid Tariffs? Make or produce your goods and products in the good old USA. It’s very simple!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1557582914.0
Of course, it is anything but that simple, as tariffs often cause U.S. manufacturers to pay more for raw materials and jack up their own prices as well.
In no time, social media piled on to mock the president's ignorance of basic economics. Many of them noted that Trump and his family do not even hold themselves to this standard, and other simply asked why they should be taking advice from a man who lost over a billion dollars in his own business empire:
precisely the sort of economic wisdom you’d expect from a man who sent a generation of bankruptcy lawyers’ kids to… https://t.co/JGqQuuB9Da— George Conway (@George Conway) 1557585080.0
@realDonaldTrump #BREAKING Guy Who Lost A Billion Dollars And Went Broke Running Casinos Gives Tips For Business Success— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1557583065.0
@tonyposnanski @realDonaldTrump Incase you missed it, Donnie. https://t.co/tKwmOXce0S— Chidi®️ (@Chidi®️) 1557583100.0
@realDonaldTrump For example, because of steel tariffs, the last nail factory in the USA recently has laid off work… https://t.co/kbRrTjH547— Pé (@Pé) 1557592237.0
@realDonaldTrump It’s not simple for Trump, obviously. At least two of Trump’s last three construction projects, Tr… https://t.co/xVnDO5y6Vo— Thorsten (@Thorsten) 1557583666.0
@rolandscahill @realDonaldTrump If the bankruptcy proceedings are any indication, the old man didn’t understand the… https://t.co/OiBEpin5yk— кєηт_ωιℓℓιαмѕ 🇨🇭📸🇸🇪 (@кєηт_ωιℓℓιαмѕ 🇨🇭📸🇸🇪) 1557584797.0