After a reporter asked Donald Trump about removing or reducing tariffs on China based on an industry organization's request, Donald Trump misinformed Americans. Instead of calling out the president he moved on.
Reporter major fail of not challenging Trump on tariffs
One of the reasons many Americans continue to vote against their interests has little to do with their intellect. We all grew up with a particular ideological slant. But we were all given a mind that computes but more critically attempts to keep ourselves alive.
It is clear that real self-preservation of one's personal economy, health, and other issues are dependent on receiving valid data. Unfortunately, when reporters are gullible, willfully incompetent, or simply in dereliction of their duty, Americans are disserved.
To be clear, Trump's tariffs, read taxes on imports hurt in many ways and has exacerbated the coronavirus health recovery process as specified in WSJ.
U.S. medical distributors are busy hunting for alternative producers and testing their equipment for interoperability when they should be concentrating on getting supplies to those in need. China, in turn, has diverted its sales to other markets. After President Trump hit Chinese medical suppliers with a 25% tariff in 2018, China’s exports to the U.S. dropped by 16%. In some cases, American users had no good alternatives because suppliers must get certified by the Food and Drug Administration, which can take more than two years. U.S. medical-equipment producers have also been plagued by the president’s new tariffs on imported components.
Mexico ranks second to China in supplying protective medical equipment to the U.S. But Mr. Trump’s erratic threats have helped undermine confidence in building that country’s industries for export.
Reporters not doing their job are complicit in bad policy. Why? They deny Americans the knowledge they need to penalize those who create bad policy.