In order to correct the balance of trade, Trump will be banning imports from 16 countries including Thailand. Here is the full list, along with Trump’s explanatory Tweets.
Trump is the first to admit that Marijuana on a stick, like pizza in a cup, was one of the great 20th century inventions. However, Trump Tweeted that “Marijuana cultivation was now one of the fastest growing industries in the USA. We also have the best workers in the world and in a few years they will learn to wrap weed round a stick. We don’t need the Thais, the “American Stick” will make America Great Again.”
Tom Yum Goong.
Spicy Thai prawn soup is extremely popular in the USA where it is regarded as the best cure for constipation. “We don’t need it” Tweeted Trump “anybody who has problems going to the toilet can eat at Taco Bell”. Tom Yum Goong is made from factory farmed, chemically enhanced, Thai prawns. “We can make our own” Tweets Trump. “Prawn can be farmed in South California. Monsanto leads the world in introducing carcinogenic materials into the food supply, prawns on steroids will be no problem for them. We can produce prawns that are twice the size of the Thai ones, I intend to see America lead the world in Frankenfish.”
The Trump Tweet was terse “Americans have their own energy drinks that contains real human waste, we don’t need this Thai Bullshit.”
“America has the best bar girls in the world, we invented the pole dance” was the Trump Tweet. “Just because Thai girls are small and feminine and don’t look like men, even when they are men, is no reason why anybody should be interested. Give me a real American Slovenian girl any day. Just go to Vegas, you’ll find plenty. I recommend the Little Darlings Cub.”
Trumps Tweet was revealing: “Container loads of Mexicans are being shipped from Mexico’s East coast to Bangkok. When the containers reach Bangkok the labels are changed to East Asian Sweat Shop Slaves and then shipped to America’s West Coast. Customs officials are fooled by the fake labels and let them through. This is very silly, because they should know that American companies moved all their sweat shops to Asia decades ago. The only place for a Asian sweat shop slave is in an American owned sweat shop in Asia. So, it is just a trick to bring Mexicans in.”
The Story from the Nation (2 April):
THAILAND will be among 16 countries to be targeted by the Donald Trump administration in its attempt to narrow the United States’ massive trade imbalances.
US President Trump has signed two executive orders directing his administration to review the country’s trade deficits and clamp down on countries that abuse trade rules. He said the new executive orders signed on Friday (yesterday Thailand time) would start a new chapter for American workers and businesses.
“I’m signing two executive orders that send this message loud and clear. And that set the stage for a great revival of American manufacturing,” Trump said at his office in the White House.
In Washington DC, the US leader largely blamed “unscrupulous foreign powers” for his country’s trade imbalance. He said those countries were aided by US special interests that have helped push through bad trade deals.
He promised to crack down on “foreign importers that cheat”, saying that the new executive orders would lead to a historic reversal of the nation’s trade deficit.
“They’re cheaters! From now on, those who break the rules will face the consequences and they’ll be very severe consequences,” Trump was quoted as saying by USA Today. One of the two executive orders requires a report on the reasons for the trade imbalance within 90 days. That report will focus on 16 countries with which the US had a significant trade deficit in goods last year – China, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Ireland, Vietnam, Italy, South Korea, Malaysia, India, Thailand, France, Switzerland, Taiwan, Indonesia and Canada – according to the newspaper. The US Commerce Department and the US trade representative will be required to conduct a 90-day review of the causes of the massive US trade deficits. The study will be on the effects of abuses such as dumping of products below cost, unfair subsidies, “misaligned” currencies and “non-reciprocal” trade practices by other countries.
“We’re going to investigate all trade abuses, and, based on those findings, we will take necessary and lawful action to end those many abuses,” Trump said. “Thousands of factories have been stolen from our country, but these voiceless Americans now have a voice in the White House. Under my administration, the theft of American prosperity will end. We’re going to defend our industry and create a level playing field for the American worker, finally,” the US president said.
Trade volume between Thailand and the US was worth was an average US$37 billion (Bt1.29 trillion) annually over the past four years. Thai exports to the US in 2015 and 2016 were valued at $23.6 billion and $24.3 billion respectively, according to the Customs Department.
Over the past four years, Thailand has had a trade surplus with the US – $8 billion in 2013, $9 billion in 2014, $9.8 billion in 2015, and $12.2 billion in 2016. The surplus with the US last year represented 68 per cent of Thailand’s total trade surplus of $17.9 billion.