President Donald Trump is currently in a weird phase of his young presidency, as the latest 24 hours seem to have transformed him from God Emperor into a mainstream politician.
If you weren’t paying attention to the news, well, we did: in the span of just 24 hours, Donald Trump seems to have flipped to “mainstream” positions on at least 5 of his core campaign promises and that’s very worrying for the deplorables who put him into office.
Judging from his statements from a Wall Street Journal interview and also during the following press conference, President Trump either completely reversed his positions on a number of economic and foreign policies or he shifted drastically.
The issues include how to handle China, the fate of the US dollar and the future of the FED’s chair.
Trump said that the US dollar is getting too strong in his WSJ interview, sending markets into turmoil, and also that he would prefer for the FED to keep interest rates low, which means sayonara strong dollar and high interest rates:
“I do like a low-interest rate policy, I must be honest with you,” Mr. Trump said. “I think our dollar is getting too strong, and partially that’s my fault because people have confidence in me. But that’s hurting—that will hurt ultimately. Look, there’s some very good things about a strong dollar, but usually speaking the best thing about it is that it sounds good.
“It’s very, very hard to compete when you have a strong dollar and other countries are devaluing their currency.”
During the campaign, candidate Trump has said multiple times that the US economy would benefit from a stronger dollar.
President Trump also changed his position with regard to China being a currency manipulator, saying that China is not devaluing its currency artificially, which is the opposite of his pledges from the campaign, when he said that he will label China as a currency manipulator.
The Donald also said that he’s considering re-nominating Janet Yellen as the FED’s chair, which also marks a steep departure from his campaign rhetoric, when he attacked her repeatedly, accusing her of keeping interest rates down to boost the stock market and make Obama’s economy to look better than it is.
Finally, NATO is no longer obsolete dixit President Trump, totally reneging on his campaign criticism of the organization.
“I said it was obsolete. It is no longer obsolete,”
Add to these Trump’s initial and most important reversal, i.e. last week’s air strikes on Syria after he repeatedly bashed Obama for even considering such a scenario and there you have it: the new Trump, now completely turned into a mainstream politician. The circle is complete.
And that means the witches who have been casting spells on The Donald each month have finally succeeded. Or maybe I’m not that good at 4D chess. What do you think?
PS: when does amnesty come back as a hot issue on the public agenda?