Stephen Colbert thinks Trump and his allies are being pretty glib about the costs of his China trade 'squabble'
Louisiana's governor greeted President Trump on Tuesday wearing big, hairy Trump socks, and Stephen Colbert was impressed. Although "fun fact," he joked on Tuesday's Late Show. "Those socks were made in China and now cost $1,000." Trump was in Louisiana to talk to a group of energy workers, and among his topics of conversation were his 2016 election victory's TV ratings, Joe Biden, and a "brief tangent about wind power," Colbert said. But "Trump's not just tilting at windmills, folks, he's also jousting with China."
Colbert ran through the latest developments in Trump's trade war with Beijing. "Trump is not worried, as he demonstrated by getting up at 6:30 a.m. and calming sending out 10 tweets," he deadpanned, reading some of them. Asked later about his trade war, Trump called it a "squabble," then explained how it shouldn't harm U.S. consumers or businesses. Yes, "to stop paying tariffs, all you have to do is stop using products made in China," Colbert repeated. "That is going to be awkward for Trump. He's going to have to stop using his own ties — and his hair, I'm guessing."
"Of course the people suffering the most in this trade war are America's farmers," Colbert said. Trump insists America's "great Patriot Farmers" will come out ahead, but the farmers don't think his promised $15 billion in subsidies will cover their losses — and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) doesn't think their "sacrifices" are that big compared with soldiers in a real war. "Wow, that is true, of course, but it's a weird way of getting out of answering a question," Colbert said. "'Honey, did you take the garbage out?' 'No, but neither did the men who laid down their lives at D-Day!'"
"Speaking of politicians using the troops, we might be going to 'squabble' with Iran," Colbert said, and Trump didn't exactly deny drafting plans to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East. Watch below.