Tuesday, June 12, 2018
President Trump has had the courage to stand athwart free-trade fanatics (an aside: we never have had free trade with China) and those obsessed with appeasing the Chinese so as to not risk conflict. His initial moves on both tariffs and tone seem to have gotten their attention. With China wide awake and not going back to sleep, President Trump is asserting American power to make sure China stops moving our world.
With the recently concluded G-7 Summit, the president again took decisive action when, at the end of the event, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a shot at the president and his trade policies after he left. By rescinding America’s concurrence in the summit’s joint communique, Trump showed that under his watch the United States is much like John Wayne’s character J.B. Books in “The Shootist”: It won’t be wronged, it won’t be insulted and it won’t be laid a hand on. Even by its allies.
I have no idea if this is true or just spin. Is Trump a new and more portly version of Bobby Fischer? Or is he just winging it, with results that usually follow winging it? Sorry, but we have to just wait and see.