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Trump is well-known for his "alternative facts", but most people hoped at least his advisers would keep him in check with actual reality.
Worryingly though, it seems that Peter Navarro, his top trade adviser, is cut from the same cloth.
Turns out that one of the main economic experts quoted in Navarro's books is actually a made-up character named Ron Vara - a pretty obvious anagram for 'Navarro'.
Peter Navarro, Trump's trade adviser and chief cheerleader of his China policy, has apparently been quoting staunch… https://t.co/EezEiqj5gD — Megan Cassella (@Megan Cassella)
It seems that Ron Vara's key characteristic is an apocalyptic view of China's impact of the global economy, which - unsurprisingly - Navarro largely shares.
@mmcassella @AsteadWesley @tebartl So, Navarro essentially pulls a Trump, who we should recall regularly called in… https://t.co/9P7U7Hy6jW — lawhawk #vaxxedforfamilyandcommunity (@lawhawk #vaxxedforfamilyandcommunity)
@mmcassella @tebartl “Ron Vara is an amazing fellow, believe me.” - David Dennison https://t.co/OEa3WsrssT — Natalie Eilatan ³³º¹ (@Natalie Eilatan ³³º¹)
@mmcassella @tebartl Does Ron Vara know John Barron? — Greg Olear (@Greg Olear)
@mmcassella @tebartl Like trumps friend , Jim who lives in Paris? Or like trumps other nomme de plumes? — 🇨🇦Canadian Cousin🎶🐾 (@🇨🇦Canadian Cousin🎶🐾)
@mmcassella @tebartl Is it like "John Miller" or "John Barron"? — J. Lang Wood (@J. Lang Wood)
@mmcassella @tebartl Reminder that Genius Jared found Navarro during an amazon search and thought he would be a gre… https://t.co/40txfO2rbq — miss speech (@miss speech)
@mmcassella @tebartl "ARE YOU RON VARA?!!" https://t.co/Ab8zmyhrw5 — Heisenberg Report (@Heisenberg Report)
@lindachetkof @mmcassella @Susan_Hennessey @tebartl This is bonkers. Literally, bonkers. — Gail J. McNally (@Gail J. McNally)
@mmcassella @JohnJHarwood @tebartl "In my White House, only the best imaginary people" — Octavius McKool (@Octavius McKool)
In a statement to The Chronicle Review, Navarro admitted that the economist was a “whimsical pen name.” He said:
[It is a] whimsical device and pen name I’ve used throughout the years for opinions and purely entertainment value, not as a source of fact.
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