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Donald Trump has admitted to having "second thoughts" on his ongoing trade war with China.

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The White House later insisted that Trump's only regret was not escalating the trade war further.

"His answer has been greatly misinterpreted," his spokesperson said.

"President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."

The comments came as Trump was warned by allies that he risks pushing the world into a global recession.

Trump denied to reporters that world leaders were pressuring him on the issue.

"Nobody would tell me that," he told reporters, adding that "I think they respect the trade war."

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-08-25 10:24 AM | Reply

Second thoughts? He has trouble enough with first thoughts.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2019-08-25 04:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

"His answer has been greatly misinterpreted," his spokesperson said.

After three years of being president, you'd think Trump would figure out how to make statements that wouldn't be open for misinterpretation.

After three years, you'd think people would stop making excuse for him and allow Trump to stand on his own two feet.

But. He's been pwning the libz, 4 more years!

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-08-25 04:35 PM | Reply

"After three years of being president, you'd think Trump would figure out how to make statements that wouldn't be open for misinterpretation. "

One would think that after 50 years as a public figure Joe Biden would be able to figure it out, too. But some people just can't.

But people will interpret things if they don't hear what they want to hear. I make very plain and unambiguous statements that can't be misinterpreted, yet there is always someone who tells me, "Well, you meant *this*. You didn't mean what you said."

#4 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-25 04:42 PM | Reply

One would think that after 50 years as a public figure Joe Biden would be able to figure it out, too. But some people just can't.

I'm sure this has something to do with the topic of the thread.

Or perhaps you were just commenting on how good my post was.

I already know it was. Thanks for acknowledging it.

But people will interpret things if they don't hear what they want to hear.

Apparently hearing what's said isn't enough anymore. You now also need to wait for the official interpretation as well.

I make very plain and unambiguous statements that can't be misinterpreted, yet there is always someone who tells me, "Well, you meant *this*. You didn't mean what you said."

And people say you try to make everything about yourself...

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-08-25 05:04 PM | Reply

"I'm sure this has something to do with the topic of the thread."

It was a resonse to your statement, "you'd think Trump would figure out how to make statements that wouldn't be open for misinterpretation. " So if my reply has nothing to do with the thread, neither does your statement. But sorry, I didn't mean to trigger you. I know it doesn't take much and I should have known better.

"And people say you try to make everything about yourself...

#5 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK "

I gave an example to back up my claim -- something others rarely do. Again, I did not mean to set you off. Sorry

#6 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-25 05:10 PM | Reply

Now that most of the major Orange Man Bad Narratives have been blown out of the water, the DR Left has to get in a tizzy because Trump admits that he thinks about both pros and cons of various issues and has been known to change his mind.

You can't make up this kind of fauxrage.

Outstanding.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-08-25 05:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

As far as Trump though, any thoughts?

As pertaining to his words always being described as being misinterpreted. Or just straight up lies.

Do you believe the media is giving him a hard time, or do you believe he's ignorant. So he says thing in the moment because they sound good.

I mean. Listen. Trump admiring trade wars are difficult and perhaps he shouldn't have jumped into one. Isn't the worst thing he could say.

He's not Infallible, he's a rich guy's son who skated through life and won a contest by saying the right things to the people who wanted to hear it.

But, to the point. After being president for three years. Knowing his words are analyzed, as EVERY presidents words have been. Why not learn and respond accordingly? Be precise with your words. Know what you're talking about. Don't blurt out shht you don't want people to hear.

Perhaps he's a brilliant strategist and is playing the media and everyone.

But, most likely, it's never mattered what Donald has said, he always got what he wanted. There have never been consequences. And he doesn't care who hears him.

#8 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-08-25 05:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Do you believe the media is giving him a hard time, or do you believe he's ignorant.

How about both.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-08-25 05:29 PM | Reply

--Japan backs USA in Red China trade war. "Japan just agreed to buy all our surplus corn. This is its way of backing us in our trade war with Red China. . ."

Amazing. Japan is a better friend of American workers and farmers than the Democrat party.

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-08-25 05:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

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But, most likely, it's never mattered what Donald has said, he always got what he wanted. There have never been consequences. And he doesn't care who hears him.

Dingdingding, we have a winna!!

Donnie little hands is a narcissistic NY Real Estate Developer, they say and do anything to get what they want.

He's in his 70's and is never going to change.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-08-25 05:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

G7 tells Fat Nixon that trade war is bad and he agrees with them.

White House walks back his comments.

He will double down on trade war once he is back inside his bubble.

He's as resolute as cooked pot of pasta.

#12 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-08-25 06:22 PM | Reply

"--Japan backs USA in Red China trade war. "Japan just agreed to buy all our surplus corn. This is its way of backing us in our trade war with Red China. . ."
Amazing. Japan is a better friend of American workers and farmers than the Democrat party.
#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-08-25 05:30 PM"

Any news like this is good news!

Not sure why you slammed the Democrat party, though.
Did you expect them to purchase the surplus corn? LOL!

Given that there is not much surplus corn, especially with this year's late planting, this is a modest (but, again, WELCOME!) good news.

It would be better news if someone would buy the surplus soybean crop (well, other than the US taxpayers). * cough *

#13 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2019-08-26 01:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Donnie little hands is a narcissistic NY Real Estate Developer, they say and do anything to get what they want.
He's in his 70's and is never going to change.
#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-08-25 05:32 PM"

Sounds about right.

The pertinent question is whether the voting public will change.

#14 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2019-08-26 01:23 AM | Reply

"The pertinent question is whether the voting public will change.

POSTED BY TRUEBLUE "

Sure. Of course they'll change. All it will take is a good Democratic candidate.

#15 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-26 01:36 AM | Reply

" '"The pertinent question is whether the voting public will change.
POSTED BY TRUEBLUE'

Sure. Of course they'll change. All it will take is a good Democratic candidate.
#15 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-26 01:36 AM"

A statement that is true, but not useful.

What makes a good Democrat candidate, in your opinion?

To put it another way:
What would it take for any candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020, in your opinion?

#16 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2019-08-26 02:51 AM | Reply

"What would it take for any candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020, in your opinion?

#16 | POSTED BY TRUEBLUE"

Probably what we all want: Honesty, free of baggage, want what's best for the country.

But only the most pollyannaistic would ever hope a candidate like that hits the ballots. Dynasties are forming (duh) and they don't follow the rules or care about the people.

#17 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-26 02:59 AM | Reply

"Donald Trump has admitted to having "second thoughts" on his ongoing trade war with China.

Trump's "thoughts" depend on who he has talked to in the last five minutes . . . subject to change depending on who he's talked to in the last three minutes . . . and on down the line until they start all over again the next day.

But mostly they're all about him, the repercussions on his re-election (recession) . . . and screw everything else.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-08-26 03:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Actually, Trump is in the horse race of his life.

Who's going to get to the finish line first on November 3, 2020?

Stars & Stripes? . . . or Hammer & Sickle?

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-08-26 03:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Probably what we all want: Honesty, free of baggage, want what's best for the country.
But only the most pollyannaistic would ever hope a candidate like that hits the ballots. Dynasties are forming (duh) and they don't follow the rules or care about the people.
Posted by goatman at 2019-08-26 02:59 AM"

I'd agree, up to a point.
For example:

IMHO, it's not pollyannaistic to hope for such a candidate, but likely it is pollyannaistic to expect such a candidate to appear on a ballot.

I'm also inclined to disagree on "what we all want". I have encountered quite a few folks who do not concern themselves with "baggage" or "honesty" or at least consider them a very low priority criteria for deciding on who to vote for. Of course, it likely depends upon the degree of "honesty" and "baggage". I suspect there has not been a person on Earth who was completely honest and had no baggage for almost two millennia. BTW, as I recall, He was not particularly well-received by everyone.

IMHO, "want what's best for the country" is definitely open to debate. It also seems like the old adage on how to make money in the stock market. Buy low; sell high. Again, a true statement, but not useful (especially if there's disagreement on "what is best for the country").

I realize that my question was quite broad, but was hoping to narrow it a bit by limiting the answer to just your opinion.

#20 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2019-08-26 03:38 AM | Reply

The reason I don't think Trump had second thoughts is there's no evidence he had first thoughts.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-26 06:26 AM | Reply

"After three years of being president, you'd think Trump would figure out how to make statements that wouldn't be open for misinterpretation"

After three years, you'd think you'd figure out this president thrives on having his words taken out of context. This is a blatant fake news story, just like the ones attacking Biden. It's all about getting clicks for the corporate media. If in the end the media decide that he will continue to make the most profit for them, then they will chose him again no matter the cost to the rest of us.

#22 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-08-26 09:54 AM | Reply

After three years of being president, you'd think Trump would figure out how to make statements that wouldn't be open for misinterpretation.
After three years, you'd think people would stop making excuse for him and allow Trump to stand on his own two feet.
But. He's been pwning the libz, 4 more years!

#3 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK AT 2019-08-25 04:35 PM | FLAG:

After three years you would think chumps like Clown would realize that Trump says stuff like this throw off people who he is negotiating with. I take that back, chumps like Clown will never figure that out.

#23 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-08-26 02:51 PM | Reply

Trump says stuff like this throw off people who he is negotiating with.

Good to know. Let's see how it all works out.

#24 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-08-26 02:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

SNOOFY @ 21

"The reason I don't think Trump had second thoughts is there's no evidence he had first thoughts."

That's not true, Snoof. Steve Miller re-programs him 3 or 4 times a day.

#25 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-08-26 04:14 PM | Reply

China sells over 500 billion in our market every year, we sell them less than a third of that. There is no way they can win a trade war with us and they know it.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-08-27 09:35 AM | Reply

There is no way they (China) can win a trade war with us and they know it.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-08-27 09:35 AMFlag: (Choose)FunnyNewsworthyOffensiveAbusive

If only we had a serious, un-conflicted, competent president to pursue that.

#27 | Posted by Zed at 2019-08-27 09:39 AM | Reply

"Trump says stuff like this throw off people who he is negotiating with"

Trump says stuff like this because he's mentally disorganized.

#28 | Posted by Zed at 2019-08-27 09:41 AM | Reply

"Trump says stuff like this throw off people who he is negotiating with'

If Trump were your next door neighbor rather than the man who pretends to be president you would have called the mental health authorities on him long ago.

#29 | Posted by Zed at 2019-08-27 09:47 AM | Reply

Now that most of the major Orange Man Bad Narratives have been blown out of the water, the DR Left has to get in a tizzy because Trump admits that he thinks about both pros and cons of various issues and has been known to change his mind.

#7 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

"In a tizzy"?

I counted the posts in this thread, and of the first ten, five are from leftists and five are from Trump sycophants.

By your logic, it seems like the Trump -------- are also "in a tizzy" defending him.

#30 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-08-27 11:28 AM | Reply

Probably what we all want: Honesty, free of baggage, want what's best for the country.

#17 | POSTED BY GOATMAN

Awww... thats cute. Looks like Goatman misses Obama.

#31 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-08-27 11:30 AM | Reply

China sells over 500 billion in our market every year, we sell them less than a third of that. There is no way they can win a trade war with us and they know it.

#26 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

They can take more pain than we can. Their economy is growing, and the government very carefully regulates that growth. China is not going to go into a recession, because the Chinese government has, for most of recent history, intentionally been holding the economy back. They just have to let off the brakes to counteract the trade war.

OTOH, the US does not have any leeway to counteract the effects of a trade war. Hell... Republicans have steadily been INCREASING the deficit while the economy has gotten better. We have very little headroom to lower interest rates, and even less headroom to increase spending to stimulate the economy.

We are going to send ourselves into a recession and the average American is going to be feeling the pain, while the average Chinese person is not.

Also, China is pushing for more products to be "designed in China". When this trade war ends, the US will go right back to buying the cheap products from China. But China will pushing really hard to have local companies providing the goods that they currently buy (other than things like agricultural), so by the time the trade war ends there will be alternatives that the Chinese consumer is used to (and has been forced to use because they can't get the American ones). That trade is not coming back.

Republicans are simple minded. They like to use big, blunt tools to solve their problems, because those big, blunt tools are easier to understand (like nuking hurricanes, or wide-ranging tariffs). But the problem is that these problems are complicated (do you remember... "nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated"), and using powerful, blunt objects usually result in unintended consequences. Since you don't understand economics, you can't use better solutions. And, again because you don't understand economics, you are always surprised when those pesky unintended consequences come around to bite you.

But, you know, at least he is TRYING. Isn't that what his supporters say (when you point out how ineffective his "trying" has been). That is what really matters.

Give him a participation trophy for "trying". Hell... give the whole snowflake party a participation trophy. Will make those poor little persecuted Republican "victims" feel like they actually accomplished something.

That is what happens when, as a party, you label "education" as "elitist". It just leaves you with the "uneducated" in your party. Have you ever seen the movie, Idiocracy? That is what the Republican party has done to itself.

#32 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-08-27 11:48 AM | Reply

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