We are in a trade war. It raises the price of many items. When prices go up, sales go down, stores close and people lose jobs. Both the Chinese and Americans will pay a hefty price. US farmers are basically on welfare, accepting government handouts Our relations with many countries, including Canada and Mexico have been severely weakened. Other countries, not the US, will take the lead in cut carbon emissions and slow the devastating effects of climate change. We applaud dictatorships. We turn our heads as Brazil dismantles the oversight environmental groups, so President Bolsonaro can step up the destruction of the Amazon rainforest without any internal dissent. We will soon present to the world a Israel-Palestinian peace plan, which has zero support in Palestine. It is hope only a political document, aimed at Trump’s re-election. We have cause serious disruption in the UN negotiations for peace settlement in Libya by siding with General Haftar, (with Egyptian, UAE, Saudi Arabia direct military support and Russia’s support as well).
I correctly predicted this back in August 2015 in my blog:
Ok. I’m in favor of fresh blood, but not that fresh. Donald Trump can sell. He’s been selling his whole life. If you put up a luxury condominium, you have to sell it for top price- and this is what Trump has doing for the last about 30 years. These days, he pushes Trump brand. All I hear from Trump is marketing. Great marketing and maybe it’s enough for domestic consumption. He isn’t capable of building international cooperative agreements. He’s thinks way too much in terms of power relationships as dividing the world into friends and enemies. This was the great Bush/Cheney failure.
Did I get it right? Yesterday, Trump downplayed the missile launches by North Korea as unimportant, while John Bolton, US National Security Adviser stated that they were a direct violation of the UN resolution against North Korea. In this case Bolton was clearly right. Trump leaves Japan with Prime Minister Shinzou Abe not knowing who to believe.
Trump is not the master of negotiations. It’s all themes. He is a salesman, and more at home at his rallies.