Well how about that?
The US has agreed to work towards lowering trade barriers with the European Union, Donald Trump said on Wednesday after a meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
The two agreed to launch a “new phase” in relations and work towards zero tariffs, the US president said.
They also agreed to increase trade in services and agriculture, including greater US soy bean exports to the EU.
A few weeks ago everyone was in agreement that Trump, by entering into a trade war with the EU, was a complete imbecile who didn’t understand the effects of tariffs. Turns out his actions have brought the EU to the table for some sensible discussions aimed at reducing or eliminating tariffs.
Similarly, everyone thought Trump was a warmongering fool bent on bringing about Armageddon when he took a hardline attitude to North Korea. Only a couple of months later he and Kim Jong-un met in Singapore to discuss an end to the deadlock and denuclearisation.
It’s almost as if Trump has some experience in deal-making, and understands strengths and how to wield them: opening with an aggressive move which throws everyone off balance before getting them around the table and thrashing out a deal. You know, if he does any more of this, he might consider writing a book on it. Journalists and political commentators, on the other hand, might consider heading to the nearest McDonald’s to see if there are any openings.