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.
Does Stephanie Grisham think the world is stupid?
— ShellMarie (@shellmsl) August 25, 2019
This guy is chaos. We are all becoming manic-depressives because he has Adult ADHD.
— David (@David21770870) August 25, 2019
Another DUI for Grisham… Dissembling Under the Influence.
— Freddie Miles (@thetwitabides) August 25, 2019
And here we all thought Sarah Sanders was a professional liar. Looks like Sanders and Conway graduates from the Stephanie Grisham post graduate school of lying. The dark horse has been unveiled.
— Dr. Edward Alley (@all_eddy) August 25, 2019
Someone always has to follow behind Trump and “clarify” when he says anything stupid
— Nana J (@nanaj79) August 25, 2019
If this is not madness, tell me what is.
— Carol Mahabir (@carol_mahabir) August 25, 2019
No other president in history has required an English to English interpreter.
— Lisa Riegel (@MaxBuick) August 25, 2019
— DPACE (@DMPACE1) August 25, 2019
Does she think we believe that?
— Patricia Wales (@p_a_wales) August 25, 2019
Three sentences…. is there no one in the administration that can ensure three sentences do not contain errors?
— TQC (@EnGardeGo) August 25, 2019
Breaking video of Grisham this morning: pic.twitter.com/sPetLvoZr6
— Fohtohgirl💎 (@fohtohgirl) August 25, 2019
She’s a drunk. Apply that reality to every statement.
— People Paying Attention (@pplpayingattn) August 25, 2019
He literally said, “I have second thoughts about everything.” But sure, reporters are the ones in the wrong here. https://t.co/rNSDxd7g0l
— jenn kauffman (@jennaudrey) August 25, 2019
I give @PressSec about 6 months or less.
— Richard Findlay (@RichFindlay) August 25, 2019