Donald Trump enjoys pitting one employee against another. That creates an atmosphere of chaos and fear. He first employed this technique against his employees. Then, he did it in the White House. Now, he is pulling his unfortunate technique on the world stage — with disastrous results.
After a fit of rage, 45 decided to start a trade war. While that is arguably better than starting a nuclear war, the president could tank the U.S. economy and alienate most of the nation’s allies.
Trump claimed in his early morning tweet that only “real friends” will “treat us fairly on trade:”
‘Looking forward to 3:30 P.M. meeting today at the White House. We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military.’
The man in the Oval Office lost his top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, over this decision. The adviser almost quit after a white nationalist used his car as the weapon that killed a peaceful protester, but Trump’s ill-advised economic ideas were too much. He resigned.
Cohn came from Goldman Sachs and the stock market respected him. His resignation caused the Dow to tank.
Donald Trump apparently believes that he can go back to the industrial revolution, when manufacturing jobs were plentiful and paid well — due to the unions. Of course, that is a fantasy. Manufacturing has become more automated.
Those jobs simply are not there any longer. Trump has been hyping a pipe dream. The Twitter world went wild after the president’s early morning tweet. Here are some of our favorites below:
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