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The Talk Is Starting Again: Trump Was Angry and 'Unglued' When He Started a Trade War, Officials Say

Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 2:10:47 pm


So here we are again, with the media discussing Trump's fragile ego and unhinged petulant behavior: Trump was angry and 'unglued' when he started a trade war, officials say.

According to two officials, Trump's decision to launch a potential trade war was born out of anger at other simmering issues and the result of a broken internal process that has failed to deliver him consensus views that represent the best advice of his team.

On Wednesday evening, the president became "unglued," in the words of one official familiar with the president's state of mind.

A trifecta of events had set him off in a way that two officials said they had not seen before: Hope Hicks' testimony to lawmakers investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, conduct by his embattled attorney general and the treatment of his son-in-law by his chief of staff.

Trump, the two officials said, was angry and gunning for a fight, and he chose a trade war, spurred on by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, the White House director for trade — and against longstanding advice from his economic chair Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Let's hope he never realizes it's just as easy to start a real war.