It must be difficult to be Chuck Grassley when it comes to Trump’s tariffs. Whenever I see Grassley talk or write about free trade and tariffs, I can’t help but remember what LBJ once said about what he wanted in an aide or political ally: loyalty.
“I don’t want loyalty. I want loyalty! I want him to kiss my ass in Macy’s window at high noon and tell me it smells like roses. I want his pecker in my pocket.”
Does Trump Tower has a big front window for the lobby? Because Grassley is auditioning for kissing Trump’s ass at high noon in Trump Tower.
“I have some sympathy for Trump's lack of patience with the Chinese. Enough is enough,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Senate Finance Committee chairman who earlier this month threatened to block Trump’s signature trade deal from advancing if he didn’t scrap tariffs on Mexico and Canada.
“We've gotta get [these] negotiations right, and we have to applaud Trump being the first president to call out China on bad behavior and bring them to the negotiating table,” he added.
This was after Trump raised tariffs on Chinese goods — again.
And if you are in any doubt of Grassley’s ass kissing of Trump, this is what he said earlier about the renegotiated NAFTA deal:
As the process has moved forward, I’ve been impressed with the president’s ability to negotiate smartly, strongly and to the benefit of Iowa and the country. The updated trilateral agreement, named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), shows that America stands ready to do business and negotiate trade agreements that create mutual economic prosperity while leveling the playing field to correct trade discrepancies that hurt Iowa and U.S. interests
But what a minute Chuck? DIdn’t I just read where you threatened to not vote for USMCA unless Trump got rid of those nasty steel and aluminum tariffs that hit Canada and Mexico?
Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday that the president once again refused to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies when pressed, a requirement that Grassley has laid out to consider the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to replace NAFTA. Trump also refused to rule out imposing tariffs on foreign automakers, Grassley said.
If Trump is so brilliant, why is he holding on to those tariffs and making you threaten to bury the USMCA? Or are you just talking out of both sides of your mouth? I’m betting that your doing the latter.
Of course, from what I have read, the USMCA was already negotiated by the Obama Administration, and like everything else in life, Trump is just putting his name on another person’s work.