It’s no secret that Donald Trump isn’t perfect.
While he’s better than the overwhelming majority of Republican politicians, even his supporters have readily admitted on numerous occasions that he’s made some self-inflicted missteps.
But this blindside attack an ally hurled at Donald Trump came so far out of left field it will leave you utterly flabbergasted.
For much of former President Donald Trump’s more than seven year political career, he’s rightly been the Teflon Don in the eyes of many of the 74 million Americans who voted for him.
After all, the overwhelming majority of attacks and accusations Democrats and their lapdog media allies threw his way weren’t exactly based in reality.
But in the first two months of his third White House run, Trump has admittedly made some decisions that have for possibly the first time – really caused many of his supporters to do a double take.
There was the Mar-a-Lago dinner with Kanye West in the midst of his anti-Semitic meltdown in which a self-admitted white supremacist and Holocaust denier also attended, Trump’s call for the “termination” of the Constitution, his unwarranted attacks on fellow America First freedom fighter Ron DeSantis, and his claim that pro-life voters are the reason the GOP underperformed in November’s Midterms, amongst several others.
And, of course, there are issues from his Presidency that some supporters still harken back to, like his initial handling of COVID lockdowns and restrictions, or his decision to sign off on massive spending bills that helped spike the national debt – before President Joe Biden sent it to the moon, of course – just to name a few.
But one thing no one ever thought Donald Trump could ever be attacked for supposedly being “too soft” on Communist China.
Besides, combatting China was a centerpiece of Trump’s campaign from the moment he came down the golden escalator inside Trump Tower.
During his Presidency, Trump canceled the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal former President Barack Obama forced America into, put tariffs on goods imported from China, and renegotiated many new and tougher trade agreements with the Communist nation – all moves the ruling class claimed were “too tough” at the time.
Nevertheless, being “soft” on Communist China is the exact accusation Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made against his former boss in his new book, Don’t Give An Inch: Fighting for the America I Love.
To give credence to his accusation, Pompeo claimed that Trump had scolded him on a conference call in the early days of the COVID pandemic for criticizing Communist China because the U.S. supposedly needed medical equipment for them.
“According to Pompeo, who listened in to the call, Xi told Trump that his cabinet member was jeopardizing the “phase one” trade deal that the principals had just agreed to,” Semafor reported. “Pompeo believed that Xi was trying to get Trump to fire him — ‘My Mike, that fucking guy hates you!’ the president said after the call — and a few days later, in the Oval Office, Trump told Pompeo that he was ‘putting us all at risk’ by angering Xi, in part because the United States still needed protective health equipment from China.”
“‘Stop, for God’s sake!’ said the president,” the report continued. “Pompeo writes that he ‘honored’ Trump’s desire to stop criticizing China, but that he ‘spoke the truth’ about the situation. ‘We needed health equipment and were at the CCP’s mercy for it,’ Pompeo writes. ‘I worked for the president, and would bide my time.’”
Interestingly though, rather than taking the typical corporate-controlled media strategy of simply running with an accusation against Trump whether it’s actually true or not, in its reporting of Pompeo’s accusation, left-wing rag Semafor actually did it’s homework.
And wouldn’t you know it, as it turns out, Pompeo’s claim that Donald Trump – of all people – was soft on Communist China was likely rather exaggerated.
“A former Trump official familiar with the situation suggested Pompeo’s account may be somewhat exaggerated,” Semafor noted. “They said that the President listened to Pompeo’s views on China, and moved in his direction during the pandemic, but that it was a stretch to say that Xi was trying to get him fired.”
At the end of the day, Mike Pompeo is clearly angling to challenge for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2024.
He’s been making the corporate-controlled media rounds, hitting up conservative think tanks, and the timing of this book dropping is no accident – everyone who wants to run for President writes a stupid book.
And this attack is nothing more than a very, very poor attempt at trying to distance himself from Trump the person, while latching onto the populist movement within the Republican Party that the former President ignited.
But ultimately, trying to attack Donald Trump for being “too soft” on Communist China is just further proof that Mike Pompeo has no chance in a Republican Presidential Primary.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.