Trump says he will get China to pay by getting money from them
By Shea O’Grady, Contributor
In addition to the wall that the Trump campaign promised to build (and have Mexico finance) along America’s southern border, he will also be seeking funding from other countries, for other American necessities.
Trump announced during his speech on super Tuesday that if elected president he intends to pressure China into providing an annual subsidy to the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, or NASCAR as it is more commonly known.
In his speech, Trump laid blame on China for recent economic downturns felt throughout the United States. “We’re gonna do a lot of things, good things, they’re gonna be great, we’re gonna deal with China, we’re gonna make America great, NASCAR is great (applause) and so China is going to pay for NASCAR,” he said.
The statements were met with uproarious applause and support from the Trump base, and attendees of the rally were brought to tears by the joyous news.
It is not at all clear how Trump will convince either foreign nation to fund his initiatives, yet it still resulted in a five point jump for the Trumpster.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer discussed the move shortly after its announcement with a panel of expert political strategists.
The consensus among the panelists was that this was a smart move for the Trump campaign, a campaign that has clearly conducted thorough research on its base. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper added to the conversation by suggesting that this tactic may be used again by Trump.
When asked about these rumours, Trump confirmed Cooper’s suspicions by issuing a statement:
“You know these Russian guys… they think they’re pretty tough, so I say…if they’re so tough why don’t they prove it by giving me $100 million to make improvements to the WWE franchise? Wouldn’t ya like that? How’s that for foreign policy?”
This move again is likely to increase support for the Trump base.
Although these moves are not without some puzzling concern, strategists on the CNN panel made note that this move will not likely move Trump away from his already dedicated base. Research shows that Trump already has WWE and NASCAR fans in his pocket, so this move cannot be said to help Trump gain new ground on his campaign.
From here, the campaign will have to make some strategic moves towards the centre of the political spectrum if it is to defeat the democratic nominee, though Trump is confident that “those hippies will come around.”