President Donald Trump on Monday boasted about how successful his trade war with China has been -- even though stock markets took an absolute beating on the news that China was about to slap tariffs on $60 billion of American goods.
While giving remarks to White House reporters on Monday, Trump bragged that his tariffs were making the United States richer, while a stock-market ticker showed that the Dow Jones Industrial Average was falling by more than 600 points.
"We're taking in right now hundreds of billions of dollars," Trump said of his tariffs on Chinese goods. "We're taking in billions of dollars of tariffs, and those tariffs are going to be tremendously, if you look at what we've done thus far with China, we've never taken in ten cents until I got elected, now we're taking in billions of billions."
Trump also falsely credited the tariffs for economic growth in the first quarter of 2019, even though the majority of economists say the tariffs had nothing to do with strong GDP growth.
"This is a very positive step," Trump said as the stock ticker continued showing a bloodbath in the markets. "I love the position we're in."
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