Once upon a time, there was a White House press secretary who had a fine way with words. When his president said one thing on Monday and contradicted it on Tuesday, Ron Ziegler declared the former statement to be “inoperative.”
Hold that thought.
Last week, one of our number was with former governor-turned-agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue in Michigan – part of his third RV tour across the country. A brewing trade war was on the minds of farmers who have profited by doing business with China. Soybeans and such.
“I’m convinced the president will not allow agricultural producers to bear the brunt of any kind of trade retaliation efforts,” Perdue told reporters.
On Monday, Perdue was off the road and in a Cabinet meeting in the White House. We didn’t see the ag secretary in any photos, but President Donald Trump called him out by name during a discussion about who would suffer in any economic confrontation with, say, China. From the official White House transcript of the president’s remarks:
“But if we do a deal with China, if during the course