Maxine Waters: ‘You can’t trust this president’

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“Don’t forget, you can’t trust this president. When he comes out with one thing, he’ll change the next day,” Waters told Yahoo News on Thursday.

Waters noted that Trump railed against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) throughout his campaign, only to announce he will not pull the U.S. out of the trade deal.

“Look at what he just did with NAFTA. Remember how NAFTA was a bad deal, how he was going to undo NAFTA? Today, I find out he’s backed off of that.”

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Waters cited Trump softening his rhetoric on China as another broken promise.

“He backed off of China," she said. “He said they were currency manipulators. He had chocolate cake with [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping], and all of a sudden, they’re not currency manipulators.”

Trump earlier Thursday said he will not immediately pull the U.S. out of NAFTA despite frequently characterizing it as “a disaster.”

“I decided rather than terminating NAFTA, which would be a pretty big, you know, shock to the system, we will renegotiate,” he said in the Oval Office.

And Trump admitted Monday that he is reluctant to press China on currency manipulation after meeting Xi.

“It’s really tough,” he said. “I spoke to him last night for an hour. It’s really tough to be going, ‘Thanks. By the way, you’re a currency manipulator.’ ”

Trump repeatedly accused China of deliberately devaluing its currency to hurt the U.S. in trade during his 2016 election campaign.