President Donald Trump voiced his discontent with The Washington Post on Thursday morning by changing the headline of an article to praise his recent trade policies.
The Fake News Washington Post, Amazon’s “chief lobbyist,” has another (of many) phony headlines, “Trump Defiant As China Adds Trade Penalties.” WRONG! Should read, “Trump Defiant as U.S. Adds Trade Penalties, Will End Barriers And Massive I.P. Theft.” Typically bad reporting!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2018
Copy-editor in Chief https://t.co/UmVNPncyZI— Paul Owen (@PaulTOwen) April 5, 2018
The president has recently directed his attention toward the online retailer’s prominence, lobbing false criticisms at the company about its taxes and use of United States Postal Service, among other complaints.
I think Trump might be losing his thunder. Amazon's stock is up 2 percent this morning after this tweet: https://t.co/GFSSp5SJ3I— Rani Molla (@ranimolla) April 5, 2018
His alterations to the headline seemed to humor journalists at well-established outlets.
"While the president has attempted to couch his attacks on Amazon with the false claim that the company takes advantage of the US Postal Service, it’s clear that Trump’s anger lies with the paper.
On Thursday, Trump made that even more apparent. He also may have inadvertently revealed another reason behind his latest revenge obsession: his private ambitions to become a newspaper editor.
If true, Mother Jones invites the president to our robust Slack headline channel, where editors would be happy to workshop the far-too-wordy nonsensical headline proposed above."
China has signaled confidence in its ability to win a trade war. A Washington Post analysis found that China’s retaliatory tariffs on items, including agricultural products, will significantly affect Trump voters.
The president’s Twitter messaging might temporarily maintain the support of his constituents, but if their economic stability starts crumbling, they won’t back him forever.