With global markets shaken by Donald Trump's decision to impose strict tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, the 71-year-old president went into battle mode on Friday.
On Friday, March 2, Trump shared a tweet writing,
Trade wars are good, and easy to win,
Check it out.
When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
But according to a review of an internal White House document, the public showed confidence belies the fact that the president's policy maneuver, which may ultimately harm the United States companies and American consumers, was announced without any internal review by government lawyers or his own staff.
According to two officials, the president's decision to launch a potential trade war began out of anger at other simmering issues which resulted in a broken internal process that has failed to deliver him consensus views that represent the best advice of his team.
On Wednesday evening, 1 March, Trump became "unglued," in the words of one official familiar with his state of mind.
As previously reported, Hope Hicks, the White House communications director who is also Trump's surrogate daughter, is leaving the White House and she will resign in the coming weeks.