In Japan, Trump presented an unusual gift


"I also want to recognize the business leaders in the room whose confidence in the United States-they've been creating jobs-you have such confidence in the United States, and you've been creating jobs for our country for a long, long time", Trump said during a speech in Tokyo on Monday attended by business leaders.

Hours later, after being shamed on social media, CNN updated the piece to include Trump's full quote but, as if to once again prove the truth means nothing to them, the utterly dishonest headline remained the same.

Donald Trump's trip to Japan has been predictably dotted with supposed faux pas: He scolded Japanese automakers asking to make cars for the USA market in America-but they already do.

He singled out Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. for a recent announcement of plans to build a $1.6 billion joint assembly manufacturing plant in the USA that could open in 2021. "Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over", he added, apparently forgetting, or conveniently ignoring, the fact that 75 percent of Japanese cars and trucks sold in the US are made in North America. I don't think so. Exports from Japan to the US have fallen from 3.5 million cars a year in 1986 to just over 1.5 million in 2016. "And you do know that", Trump said. Yet the focus on Trump's antics-much like the obsessive mocking of his hair color, relative hand size, and bad taste-do nothing to help his opponents, or, worse, democracy.

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Foreign firms have been eager to play up their investments in the USA following the election of Trump, who blames lopsided trade agreements for decimating American industry and killing blue-collar jobs. (Laughter.) If you could build them.

This was shortly after telling the business leaders that the USA and Japan would have "more trade than anybody ever thought" under the Trans-Pacific Partnership that the US pulled out of after signing an executive order to that effect earlier this year. It has also scaled back a planned $700 million investment in a new manufacturing plant in Mexico.

But from there, according to the report, he dropped his knowledge about the Japanese auto industry-and by that, I mean there doesn't appear to be much. Subaru's in Indiana, Nissan is in Tennessee and Alabama, and even tiny Mazda is planning to build a plant here soon-with Toyota. That's big stuff. Congratulations. (Applause.) They're going to invest $1.6 billion in building a new manufacturing plant, which will create as many as 4,000 new jobs in the United States.