The Scariest Revelations About Trump and Trade From Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Sept. 21, 2018, Springfield, Missouri (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Sept. 21, 2018, Springfield, Missouri (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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I was hoping that Bob Woodward’s new book would help me understand the strategy behind President Donald Trump’s trade policy. But like much of the rest of Washington, I found the “revelations” in the book, in a sense, shocking but not surprising. On trade policy, it largely confirmed what we already knew—the president just doesn’t like trade and will not listen to anything that contradicts his long-held views. Beyond the broad distrust of trade and trade agreements, specific policy decisions were disturbingly random, often depending on nothing more than who had last managed to catch the president’s ear. So, the […]

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