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Trump Has Become Obsessed with NY Times, Here’s Why

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Over the weekend, President Donald Trump has spent most of his tweets railing against the New York Times, one of the nation’s most prominent newspapers.

Trump began his morning tweets on Saturday with the first of three tweets that he sent against the publication that morning.

“The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!”

He followed that up with a typo-ridden second tweet: “Thr coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost gas been so false and angry that the times actually apologized to its … dwindling subscribers and readers.They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will. DISHONEST.”

He added, “… dwindling subscribers and readers. They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will DISHONEST.”

Unlike most of Trump’s attacks on Twitter, there was nothing that seemed to have occurred during the hours before to provoke him. The new president has rarely, if ever, been able to display any control over his temper.

What did happen on Friday was that one of Mexico’s most prominent business tycoons, billionaire Carlos Slim held a very rare press conference, seeking to assuage any anxiety that Mexico’s citizens have over what is widely viewed — especially in Mexico — as Donald Trump’s anti-Mexico rhetoric.

The tycoon was anything but complimentary of the newly minted U.S. President. He told Mexicans that Donald Trump was a ‘negotiator,’ not the ‘Terminator,’ and that Trump’s policies aimed at growing the U.S. economy would boost Mexico’s growth as well as provide jobs for Mexican laborers living north of the border.

“The circumstances in the United States are very favorable for Mexico,” Slim said.

He said businesses should not be too worried if Trump’s policies led to the collapse of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) underpinning Mexico’s economy, saying the country could fall back on World Trade Organization tariffs.

He also explained that Mexican workers in the United States would benefit from Trump’s planned infrastructure push, but warned that U.S. protectionism and other policies could hurt American consumers.

In short, the business leader, who many in his country are urging to run for president, simply called Trump’s attacks smoke and mirrors. In effect, he stated that no matter which direction the U.S. turns, Mexico is going to prosper.

Slim’s statements are a blow to Trump’s plans on having Mexico pay for his election cornerstone — his border wall — and to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement on terms more favorable to the U.S., which largely rests on Trump’s sole negotiating tactic, bullying and ultimatums. If the Mexican people are not concerned about the consequences of any of Trump’s threats, then it is unlikely that they’ll serve as any sort of leverage over the country.

How is that related to the New York Times?

Slim’s high-profile holding in the New York Times Co, made him a target during the U.S. campaign, when Trump accused him of using the newspaper to try to help Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.

Likely, Trump is lashing out, as he has before, because Slim has gotten under his skin and has now spoken publicly and basically popped the balloon that is Donald Trump’s bluff and bluster toward Mexico.

Trump began Sunday morning by attacking the ownership of New York Times: “Somebody with aptitude and conviction should buy the FAKE NEWS and failing @nytimes and either run it correctly or let it fold with dignity!”

Surely, that was a dig at the Mexican business tycoon and more venting. Ultimately, Trump is out of his league in the White House, especially when it comes to foreign affairs, and getting called out on his simplistic, grade school negotiating tactics must be hard for him to take.

The thoughts and opinions expressed here are those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect the views of CitizenSlant.

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