There ran an extraordinary story in The New York Times on Monday in reaction to President Trump’s decision to suspend a plan to impose a slate of new tariffs against China. Suddenly, this newspaper, which was so against the administration’s trade war with Beijing only a month ago…now thinks the president will lose his “leverage” against China and find himself back in the same unfruitful negotiations that plagued previous presidents.
Here’s a sample:
The Trump administration has suspended its plan to impose sweeping tariffs on China as it presses forward with trade talks, a gesture that will temporarily ease tensions between the two nations but rapidly increase pressure on President Trump to secure the type of tough deal that he has long said is necessary to protect American workers.
Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said on Sunday that the two countries had made progress as they concluded three days of intense trade negotiations in Washington late last week. The planned tariffs on as much as $150 billion worth of Chinese goods are off the table while the talks proceed, he said.
The reprieve came as many crucial details remained undecided, and trade experts warned that the suspension of tariffs could undercut Mr. Trump’s leverage and thrust the United States back into the kind of lengthy — and ultimately fruitless — negotiations with China that have bogged down previous administrations.
This is a fascinating look at how the mainstream media (and their chosen Establishment experts) will bounce back and forth between any position in order to maintain the only important ideology: Criticizing Donald Trump. We are certain that Trump could come out tomorrow with a plan to implement universal free healthcare, subsidize a Palestinian state, increase funding to Planned Parenthood by $5 billion, and ban every gun in America and The New York Times would find a way to slam each initiative in a series of editorials.
The article on China isn’t the first time that the liberal media has sacrificed credibility for the sake of bashing the president, but it is one of the most hypocritical.