Will you say, Thank you, Mr. President at least? Huh? — Trump said some crazy stuff to corporate bosses after signing the China trade deal

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  • President Donald Trump teased some of America’s most powerful executives on Wednesday at the signing of his preliminary trade deal with China.
  • “I sign things, and the next night I see them on eBay,” the president jokingly complained to eBay’s interim CEO, Scott Schenkel. “Sometimes it’s the senators and the congressmen that do it.”
  • “It’s not your fault — you just got here,” Trump assured Boeing’s new CEO, David Calhoun, referring to the airplane maker’s 737 Max troubles.
  • Trump also alluded to his beef with Disney CEO Bob Iger while talking about the News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch’s $71 billion sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney.
  • “He sold it to some group that doesn’t like Trump as much — that’s the only problem,” Trump said.
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President Donald Trump teased some of America’s most powerful executives on Wednesday at the signing of his preliminary trade deal with China.

“Most of you, I can say, you’re doing fantastically well,” Trump said while greeting and backslapping the assembled bosses. “‘Thank you, Mr. President.’ Don’t worry about it. Don’t feel guilty.”

The new trade agreement centers on the US halving a 15% duty on $110 billion worth of Chinese goods and delaying planned tariff hikes in exchange for China spending at least $200 billion more on American goods in the next two years than it did in 2017, improving protection of intellectual property, and opening up its financial markets.

Trump jokingly complained to eBay’s interim CEO, Scott Schenkel, that items he signed were being put up for sale on the auction site.

“I sign things, and the next night I see them on eBay,” he said. He gave the example of someone asking him to sign a pair of sneakers and then finding them on sale for $5,000 on the website. “Sometimes it’s the senators and the congressmen that do it.”

The president also reassured Boeing CEO David Calhoun, who started Monday, that he was off the hook for the airplane maker’s 737 Max woes. “It’s not your fault,” Trump said. “You just got there.”

Trump also demanded credit for JPMorgan Chase’s record revenue and profits last year. “Will you say, ‘Thank you, Mr. President’ at least? Huh?” he asked Mary Erdoes, the boss of the bank’s asset and wealth-management division.

After failing to spot Ken Griffin, Trump suggested the billionaire manager of the hedge fund Citadel was squirreling away his cash. “Where the hell is he?” Trump said. “He’s trying to hide some of his money.”

When he reached News Corp CEO Robert Thomson, Trump praised the media titan’s founder, Rupert Murdoch: “Is he the greatest, though, or what?”

The president lauded Murdoch’s $71 billion sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney, though he alluded to his long-standing beef with Disney CEO Bob Iger.

“He sold all the stuff he didn’t want,” Trump said. “He sold it to some group that doesn’t like Trump as much — that’s the only problem.”

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