The You’re Fired’ed Chronicles, cont.
Jonathan Swan in his Axios Sneak Peek newsletter:
President Donald Trump has put Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross out to pasture.
“Wilbur has lost his step,” Trump told one of our sources, shaking his head in resignation. “Actually, he’s probably lost a lot of steps.”
One problem: Ross’s efforts to wheel and deal with the Chinese have left the president unimpressed. Another problem: He keeps falling asleep in meetings.
“Wilbur is good until about 11a.m.,”
— a former senior administration official
Shocking, I know. Swan continues:
The Financial Times reported in August that Trump rejected a China steel deal that Ross thought he’d closed. But nobody has reported the extent of Trump’s castration of Ross. Trump has effectively taken his Commerce Secretary — who he once called a “killer” — off the playing field.
One example: Ross made a deal to open the U.S. market to cooked Chinese chicken, in exchange for the Chinese opening their market to American beef. Ross told reporters it was a “herculean accomplishment,” and “more than has been done in the whole history of U.S.-China relations on trade,” per the AP.
But Trump wasn’t impressed with this deal — at all — and told our sources he found Ross’s boasting to be laughable and ridiculous.
Oh, yeah, well just wait till Trump orders delicious Chinese Chicken McNuggets! You want steel girders with that?
Then Swan gives us the coup-de-grace:
But sources close to Trump say he’ll never again trust the 81-year-old to be his “killer” negotiator. The recent Forbes article — revealing that Ross vastly exaggerated his net worth — did not help his internal standing.
It seems Comrade Stupid was boasting that he had a fellow billionaire working for him. He doesn’t look as powerful if Ross is actually only a multi-millionaire.