MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace came up with a metaphor to describe the current situation between Donald Trump and Mexico that any parent can appreciate.
On Friday, the president
backed off imposing a 5% tariff on all goods entering from Mexico after claiming our neighbor to the south had just agreed to try to stop illegal crossings on its southern border.
However, The New York Times reported Saturday that
the border enforcement deal was made months ago and had nothing to do with Trump’s recent tariff threats.
The president also tried to claim that Mexico had agreed to immediately
start buying large quantities of U.S. agricultural products, but Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. would not confirm the deal Sunday. Bloomberg News spoke to three Mexican officials who said they were unaware of any agreements on agricultural purchases like the one Trump touted.
On Monday, Wallace said that the president’s handling of the situation was classic Trump:
“Threaten, back down, then declare victory and ignore every last one of the facts, and attack the media every step of the way,” she said.
Wallace then compared Mexico’s relationship with Trump to a mother sick of her kid’s bad behavior.
“To me, this seems like in parenting, when the child cries wolf so many times, and then at the end, Mexico’s the mom and they’re like, ‘Yeah, no, we’re done with this phase of our diplomatic relationship with you, man-child,’” she said.
You can see the segment below:
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Launching his Presidential bid last June, Donald Trump held up his financial statement to prove
he had assets worth a total of $9 billion.
In a tasteless boast, Trump went on to reveal he refused a bank's loan of $4bn.
“I don’t need it. I don’t want it. And I’ve been there.”
While millions of Americans continue to suffer the effects of sluggish economic growth, Trump is blissfully unaffected. Well, that's how he makes it sound.
More But He's Never Used A Cash Machine
Trump says he's never had to withdraw cash from a cashpoint.
During an appearance on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', Trump said that he'd never seen the need to use ATMs, all the while hinting at his extraordinary wealth. More He Gets Super Defensive About Money
Like many of his voters, money is always on Trump's mind.
But unlike those struggling to make ends meet, Trump is more concerned with the perception of his wealth, which he says is "more than $9 bn".
When an author
suggested Trump had a net worth of less than $300m
, the property tycoon sued him for libel.
Yet during testimony, Trump admitted his own estimations depend on his "feelings".
It was reported
"Yes, even my own feelings (guide estimates of my wealth), as to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change rapidly from day to day."
Trump lost the libel case.
More He's Leading A Fact-Free Campaign
Despite pretending to offer something different from the tired-old ways of Washington, Trump has admitted that he's more than willing to use dubious non-facts and statistics in an effort to further his White House ambitions.
In a remarkable exchange with FOX News host Bill O'Reilly,
the famously impertinent presenter took exception to flawed statistics banded about by Trump. O’Reilly: This bothered me, I gotta tell ya. You tweeted out that whites killed by blacks — these are statistics you picked out from somewhere — at a rate of 81 percent. And that’s totally wrong. Whites killed by blacks is 15 percent, yet you tweeted it was 81 percent. Now … Trump: Bill, I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert, and it was also a radio show. O’Reilly: Yeah, but you don’t wanna be. … Why do you want to be in that zone? Trump: Hey, Bill, Bill, am I gonna check every statistic? I get millions and millions of people, @RealDonaldTrump, by the way. O’Reilly: You gotta, you’re a presidential contender, you gotta check ’em. More He Takes His Name Way Too Seriously Love HuffPost? Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today. This article originally appeared on HuffPost.