Recently while speaking about the trade war with China, Donald Trump referred to himself as “the chosen one.” Now Trump is doing his best to downplay his words.
Trump now states that he was being sarcastic when he raised his head to the sky and referred to himself as “the chosen one” amid the intensifying trade war with China.
“You know exactly what I meant,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday before he headed for the G-7 Summit in France. “It was sarcasm. It was joking. We were all smiling. And a question like that is just fake news.”
On Saturday, Trump addressed his statements again posting to Twitter from France.
“When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said ‘I am the chosen one,’ at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realize that the media would claim that I had a ‘Messiah complex.’ They knew I was kidding, being sarcastic, and just … having fun,” he said.
Trump’s trade war with China is no joke and it has caused major jitters in the stock market as fears of a recession mount.
Trump escalated the rhetoric with China on Friday when he announced that he would raise tariffs on $550 billion in Chinese goods in response to barriers that were imposed by Beijing.
Trump stated that he would raise from 25% to 30% U.S. tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products and would increase from 10% to 15% new tariffs on a remaining $300 billion in goods. Some of those tariffs will take effect next month. Trump’s announcement comes at the heels of China announcing that it would levy its own tariffs on U.S. imports, prompting a market sell-off.
“Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of Fair and Balanced Trade that it has become a great burden to the American Taxpayer,” Trump posted on Twitter later Friday. “As President, I can no longer allow this to happen!”