Stephen Colbert had a lot to say about President Donald Trump’s approach to China as well as Steve Mnuchin’s decision on Trump’s tax returns.
Stephen Colbert just can’t resist when President Donald Trump starts talking about tariffs. Trump’s policies have become one of Colbert’s favorite targets. And the Late Show host may have found a new favorite in Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Fans of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert know that there aren’t many policies or ideas from President Trump that Colbert supports. That may be the understatement of the year but nevertheless, it is true.
Tariffs have been one of the most common things Colbert rips Trump over. The late night comedian has dubbed the president “Tariff Man” and also called out Trump’s hypocritical comments about whether or not he supports the use of tariffs.
So now that President Trump is attempting to take a tougher approach to trade relations with China, tariffs have once again come up in the conversation. The problem, according to Stephen Colbert, is that President Trump doesn’t understand how tariffs work.
As we saw just yesterday, President Trump’s Twitter tirades are pretty much a guaranteed part of The Late Show‘s monologue. A Twitter tirade about tariffs? That must have been music to Colbert’s ears.
Colbert quickly points out how Trump misrepresents who pays for higher tariffs. The president tweeted that China took on most of the costs while Newsweek pointed out that American companies pay the additional costs and then pass that off to consumers.
Colbert then turned his attention to another person who doesn’t seem to quite understand how things work. That would be Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who recently denied a request from Congress to hand over Trump’s tax returns.
Mnuchin’s decision will certainly bring on a legal battle that could be drawn out for some time. It may not be a good thing for the Trump administration or the country. But it will be good for Colbert if only so he can use that impression more often. He has to be tired of doing his Trump voice for every tweet, even if “dot dot dot” is still hilarious. Stay tuned.