Super Stupid

Trump Backed Off NAFTA After He Was Shown a Map

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Reports that Trump was very close to unilaterally withdrawing from our signature trade agreement with Canada and Mexico were apparently true, but his advisers and cabinet members persuaded him not to press the button at the last second.

According to the Washington Post, other members of the regime convinced him not to by showing him a map of areas of the country that would be completely screwed if he did it.

As news of the president’s plan reached Ottawa and Mexico City in the middle of the week and rattled the markets and Congress, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and others huddled in meetings with Trump, urging him not to sign a document triggering a U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA.

Perdue even brought along a prop to the Oval Office: A map of the United States that illustrated the areas that would be hardest hit, particularly from agriculture and manufacturing losses, and highlighting that many of those states and counties were “Trump country” communities that had voted for the president in November.

“It shows that I do have a very big farmer base, which is good,” Trump recalled. “They like Trump, but I like them, and I’m going to help them.”

From this we can infer many things.

Obviously, Trump will make world-changing decisions based on whims if someone close to him doesn't stop him. We can also infer that Trump doesn't understand who his own base of voters are.

The latter is very revealing because Trump often brags about his electoral college win, but he doesn't seem to understand who voted actually vote for him. He doesn't seem to understand where those electoral college votes came from.

  • muselet

    I think we’ve heard this song before:

    [W]hile Mr. Obama liked policy option papers that were three to six single-spaced pages, council staff members are now being told to keep papers to a single page, with lots of graphics and maps.

    “The president likes maps,” one official said.

    “The president likes maps.” Good grief.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Foreign and domestic economic policy of the most powerful nation on earth was just determined through show & tell. Something that doesn’t normally occur outside of elementary school.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Somewhere in Elementary School some girl rejected Grover and he still hasn’t gotten over it.
      So he’s determined to be the entitled asshole who makes life miserable for everyone else. Because that’ll show her!

  • Draxiar

    Reading between the lines I have to wonder what decision trump would have made if the areas affected most didn’t vote for him.

    • ninjaf

      He damn well would have done it and bragged how he was putting those “elites” in their place.

  • I really don’t know how to feel about this. On the one hand, I can see how to corral him, and when the time comes get rid of him. On the other hand, what the actual fuck?

  • ninjaf

    The next president is going to come in and burn everything in the office that this man has touched (figuratively and maybe literally) so that The Stupid™ he is infected with doesn’t infect them. And who could blame him/her?

    • I would start with the bed sheets.

      • ninjaf

        Yeah, there ain’t no coming back from Cheeto stank.

    • Victor the Crab

      Unless it’s Pence taking over after Drumph quits/is impeached/dies and he looks around and goes “This is fine.”