Anyone that knocks Donald Trump….
Friend or Foe gets Trump’s wrath in the media….
That includes a business friendly lobbying outfit …..
Trump responded by insulting Myron Brilliant, head of international affairs at the largest business lobbying organization in the U.S., calling him “not so brilliant.” Trump also accused the association of being more supportive of companies than “for our country” because it did not back his trade war.
Brilliant’s attack — and the president’s slam back — occurred on CNBC, with Trump calling into the “Squawk Box” program after Brilliant’s comments.
Brilliant agreed that some international trade agreements need to be renegotiated, but he warned that threats, unpredictability and tariffs aren’t good strategies.
“The weaponization of tariffs — the increase of threats on our economy, on our farmers, our manufacturers, our consumers — is going to hurt our country,” Brilliant said. Trump’s trade war last year cost U.S companies and consumers an estimated $3 billion a month in higher prices.
The “weaponization” criticism likely referred to Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on Mexico not because of any trade issue but as a cudgel to force the country to stem the number of immigrants heading to the U.S. border.