Trump Rings in the New Year on Twitter


by Sharon Rondeau

(Jan. 1, 2019) — On Monday night, the White House tweeted a New Year’s greeting narrated by President Trump in which he summarized what he considers his administration’s key 2018 accomplishments.

Among the items featured in the video are his signing in late November of a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts and his mid-June Singapore meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

NAFTA was initiated in October 1992, weeks before the late President George H.W. Bush was defeated by William Jefferson Clinton.  The following year, Clinton affirmed NAFTA, which was formally implemented on January 1, 1994.

The video also showed Trump at the U.S.-Mexico border evaluating prototypes for border walls, the installation of which was a major component of his 2016 campaign. “The wall” acted as the catalyst for a partial government shutdown now in its second week after the two chambers of Congress failed to pass an appropriations bill with border-wall funding by midnight on December 21.

At the opening of the video, Trump summarized 2018’s accomplishments as “complicated, but great.”

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. EST Tuesday, Trump tweeted a personal new year’s message directed to “everyone, including the haters and the fake news media!”  “2019 will be a fantastic year for those not suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome,” he added.  “Just calm down and enjoy the ride, great things are happening for our country!”

The Urban Dictionary’s “top definition” of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (TDS) is “a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump, to the point at which they will abandon all logic and reason.”

A second definition appearing below the first dated two days before Trump’s inauguration using British spelling states TDS is “The latest attempt by the alt-right to demonise anybody who thinks that maybe putting a reality TV star who’s declared bankruptcy six times in charge of the country might not have been the best idea.”

During the campaign, Trump promised that Mexico would “pay for the wall,” a statement seized on by Democrats as untrue.  More recently, Trump asked Congress for $25 billion for border and national security, then compromised with his demand for $5 billion in the latest appropriations impasse.

On Monday, he said that “Mexico is paying for the wall through the many billions of dollars a year that the U.S.A. is saving through the new Trade Deal, the USMCA, that will replace the horrendous NAFTA Trade Deal…”




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