In a fundraising meeting in Missouri Trump complained about unfair trade practices. He gave as an example how the Japanese dropped a bowling ball from 20 feet onto a hood and when the hood was dented they didn’t allow the importation of that model car.
It was quickly determined that this story wasn’t true. When presented with this the White House replied that he was “only joking” or that the story was “allegorical”.
This is typical behavior for Trump, both in the casualness of the story and then the casualness of the retraction. Truth is apparently not a criterion Trump values at all. One has to wonder if this sort of story ends up being the basis for policy. And of course a policy based upon an untrue basis has every potential to be a bad policy.
And the silence from the Republican congress is deafening.