Donald Trump reacts to stock market plunge exactly as you'd expect

The Donald predicts that China will "bring us down," sending the U.S. into an economic depression

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published August 24, 2015 4:02PM (EDT)

Donald Trump                      (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)
Donald Trump (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)

This morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average opened the week by plummeting 1,089 points minutes after the opening bell and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was quick to offer his assessment of the so-called "Black Monday" sell-off.

Trump took to social media to deliver his analysis that “poor planning” was to blame for the global impact of China's continued economic woes, specifically citing the United States' and China's economic interdependency:

Trump, an international real-estate mogul, warned his Instagram followers to "be careful of China," seemingly predicting an economic depression:

Depression- be careful of China!

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on

Earlier in the morning, Trump appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" where he attempted to bolster his credibility as an expert on global markets and the Chinese economy: 

I’ve been talking about China for years. Because China’s going bad, it’s going to bring us down too, because we’re so heavily coupled with China. We are being run by people that don’t have a clue, they don’t know what they’re doing, they’re totally incompetent. We’ve got to stop.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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