Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.
Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.
"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."
Few on the Internet were buying it.
@Acosta Does Stephanie Grisham think the world is stupid?— ShellMarie (@ShellMarie)1566735736.0
@DavidNakamura @gtconway3d Another DUI for Grisham... Dissembling Under the Influence.— Freddie Miles (@Freddie Miles)1566734714.0
And here we all thought Sarah Sanders was a professional liar. Looks like Sanders and Conway graduates from the Ste… https://t.co/fJHE1fbe44— Edward A., MD, PhD (@Edward A., MD, PhD)1566737420.0
@Acosta Someone always has to follow behind Trump and “clarify” when he says anything stupid— Nana J (@Nana J)1566734109.0
@Acosta If this is not madness, tell me what is.— Carol Mahabir (@Carol Mahabir)1566732629.0
@Acosta No other president in history has required an English to English interpreter.— Lisa Riegel (@Lisa Riegel)1566733252.0
@DavidNakamura Pathetic— DPCE (@DPCE)1566736202.0
@DavidNakamura Three sentences.... is there no one in the administration that can ensure three sentences do not contain errors?— TQC (@TQC)1566734371.0
@DavidNakamura Breaking video of Grisham this morning: https://t.co/sPetLvoZr6— Fohtohgirl💎 (@Fohtohgirl💎)1566733727.0
@DavidNakamura He literally said, “I have second thoughts about everything.” But sure, reporters are the ones in th… https://t.co/vKtR9ySJnv— jenn kauffman (@jenn kauffman)1566735395.0
@DavidNakamura @gtconway3d I give @PressSec about 6 months or less.— Richard Findlay (@Richard Findlay)1566734891.0