His security-blanket “calmer” Hope Hicks has quit and Robert Mueller’s investigation rolls on unabated, so Donald Trump‘s one-time friend Donny Deutsch sees the president’s new trade war over steel tariffs as his “shiny new thing” to turn attention away from his troubles.
“You’re really starting to see the beginning of a cornered Donald Trump,” Deutsch, a New York City advertising executive said Friday on MSNBC, one day after Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum that sent the stock market falling and had allies like Canada denouncing the move as “unacceptable.”
The tariffs fulfilled one of Trump’s isolationist “Make America Great Again” campaign promises that are important to the GOP base most loyal to Trump, no matter how embattled he becomes. But, notes Retired Naval admiral Jim Stavridis, who is dean of Tufts University’s graduate school on international relations, “There are no winners in trade wars.”
“This was a very bad day, globally,” Stavridis said, also on MSNBC.
Continued Deutsch: “What is [Trump] capable of doing at the expense of the world or the United States or the consumer to save himself? I’m concerned that this is a harbinger of things to come. What will he do with North Korea at the expense of the rest of the world?”