MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson pointed out to a Republican defender of President Donald Trump’s tariff proposal that the plan was a “hot mess.”
“I want to send a message to the world and the president that I’m standing with him,” Reed insisted. “I’m standing with him in regards to disrupting this trade policy that has left many Americans behind because of the trade policies that allow countries to take advantage of us. And he’s doing something that prior presidents have not done. And that is leading on this issue aggressively and vigorously. And I appreciate that.”
“This is part of a style that the president has deployed,” Reed replied.
“A style of hot messes?” Jackson pressed.
“No, this is a about keeping people on their heels,” the New York Republican remarked. “That causes a lot of people not to react in the way that you typically see D.C. establishment folks react. And that type of disruption comes at it with what some people feel is chaos, which some people feel is disruptive. And that’s what it’s all about.”