Trump Overrules Cabinet, Plots Global Economic Collapse Over Low Approval Ratings
While everyone was distracted by President Trump’s deranged attacks on the media, one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency unfolded during a tense meeting Monday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Axios reports. More than 20 top officials were present, including Trump and Vice President Pence, and a small group of America’s top advisers.
Administration sources told Axios the president made it clear he’s hell-bent on imposing tariffs — potentially in the 20% range — on steel, aluminum, semiconductors, paper, and appliances and other imports, despite opposition from nearly all his Cabinet.
Almost everyone in the room, more than 75% of those present, were adamantly opposed, arguing it was bad economics and bad global politics. At one point, Trump was told by his entire cabinet this was a bad idea. The outcome, with a potentially profound effect on U.S. economic and foreign policy, could be catastrophic.
One official said the sentiment in the room as 22 against and 3 in favor — but since one of the three is named Donald Trump, it was case closed.
Everyone left the room believing the country is headed toward a major trade confrontation.
The reason, administration sources said, the president wants to improve his approval ratings. Trump’s base —which drives more and more decisions, as his popularity sinks— likes the idea, and will love the fight.
The problem, according to top officials who argued strenuously that the move is ill-advised: The trade war wouldn’t just affect China. The collateral damage would include a slew of allies, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.
God help us all.