Trump Reportedly Slams Administration's Globalists, Demands "Bring Me China Tariffs"

It appears Goldman and the Globalist gang in The White House may have less power and influence than assumed in the absence of Steve Bannon. In what could be one of the most comprehensive (and easily traced) leaks from within Trump's administration, Axios reports details of a small Oval Office meeting with Trump raging at senior staff as they push back against his hawkish trade war position.

Seemingly frustrated at his senior staff's efforts to wage economic war against China, Trump lashed out at his new Chief of Staff General Kelly:

 "John, you haven't been in a trade discussion before, so I want to share with you my views. For the last six months, this same group of geniuses comes in here all the time and I tell them...

 

'Tariffs. I want tariffs.' And what do they do? They bring me IP. I can't put a tariff on IP."

Axios, who confirm this account by sources with knowledge of the meeting and undisputed by the White House, explain in great detail, that Gary Cohn, a globalist who opposes tariffs and the protectionist trade measures pushed by the nationalist Bannonites, had his shoulders slumped and was clearly appalled by the situation.

 Trump added...

"China is laughing at us,... Laughing."

 

"John, I want you to know, this is my view. I want tariffs. And I want someone to bring me some tariffs."

With seeming intimate knowledge of the transcript and actions within the meeting, Axios then describes how senior trade advisor Peter Navarro tried to rescue the situation, only to be rebuked by the president..."I don't even know what I'm looking at here."

However, it is Axios' quoted conclusion of the meeting that raises the most eyebrows about just where the power and influence really remains in The White house...

"John, let me tell you why they didn't bring me any tariffs," he said.

 

"I know there are some people in the room right now that are upset. I know there are some globalists in the room right now. And they don't want them, John, they don't want the tariffs. But I'm telling you, I want tariffs."

Finally, here's the non-denial that the White House gave to Axios:

"The president has been very clear about his agenda as it relates to trade. Discussions pertaining to specific tariffs and trade deals are ongoing and have already resulted in many positive developments."

It seems President Trump is more prone to ignore the Goldman-sponsored Globalist status quo seekers, and is still following Bannon's strategy to maintain hegemony...

“We’re at economic war with China,” he added. “It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path.

 

Bannon said he might consider a deal in which China got North Korea to freeze its nuclear buildup with verifiable inspections and the United States removed its troops from the peninsula, but such a deal seemed remote. Given that China is not likely to do much more on North Korea, and that the logic of mutually assured destruction was its own source of restraint, Bannon saw no reason not to proceed with tough trade sanctions against China.

 

“To me,” Bannon said, “the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we're five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we'll never be able to recover.”

As we noted earlier, China has already implied its response to any 'economic war' actions would likely lead to "unloading dollar assets."

Comments

Soul Glow tmosley Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:49 Permalink

Nobody knows what you're saying because you're a poor writer though.  You are smart, we have known that for almost a decade, but you can't write for shit.  SO basically - from our pespective - it's like you are at the bar eating peanuts blathering about emotions and shit while the rest of us are pointing things out in a logical manner.

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tmosley Bes Sun, 08/27/2017 - 21:05 Permalink

Corporations do whatever makes the most money. They can be sued by their shareholders for failing to do so. Trump is addressing this by making it so that they can't profit from offshoring, and can profit from making things in America.Question is, will you be able to comprehend any of that? Or are you too emotionally invested in your anti-Trump fervor?

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Bes LibertarianMenace Sun, 08/27/2017 - 23:56 Permalink

-weekends-end to child labor-overtime pay-minimum wage-safe working conditions-benefits-termination protectionsall brought to you by unions. errr  progressives....(not by big business)unless you think we should take Jimmy out of school, put him in a sweatshop, pay him 5cents a day, 7 days a week until he gets dismembered, dies, or gets fired for piping up......?

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Oldwood SMG Sun, 08/27/2017 - 22:38 Permalink

No, no, no.Simply ignore reality, numbers, math and shit and repeat after me, WE ARE WINNING!The way we ignore not only war but that our ass is handed to us daily is by proclaiming our loss as a victory. There are many many economists who firmly believe we are winning by buy those crazy Chinese goods at giveaway prices. They say "we don't need no stinking jobs", as we have credit and the almighty irresistible dollar.

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Offthebeach junction Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:21 Permalink

When, at the beginning of the US involvement in WWII,  General Marshall had a private meeting with FDR. ( FDR had in WWI been Secretary of the Navy )  Marshall said he needed to relive/fire/retire.......HALF the Army officer corps.  They were too old, too slow and most importantly were not mentally prepared for the new military reality.  FDR, agreed and gave Marshal a free hand.Corporate cucks are not leaders.  They are hired help and most good at gaming the corporatist system.  If they were truly leaders, visionary, risk takers, disrupters, they would have their own companys, named after them like Trump.  But they don't,  and never will.  

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LetThemEatRand Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:30 Permalink

"Hey everyone, listen to what I'm saying and pay no attention to what I do."  - DT.I guess Trump's team told him again what people want to hear, so we're hearing it again.  But he's only 9 months into his Presidency, right?  Any day now, he'll start delivering and ignoring the Goldman cabinet he selected and hasn't fired yet.

tmosley LetThemEatRand Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:44 Permalink

Effective people get hired. Disloyal people are shown the door.This shouldn't be that hard for people to understand. GS and other Wall Street banks have vacuumed up all the smartest people on the planet. In another generation, those people would have been scientists, but we lost the focus on science and allowed the money to accumulate with the financials. So there they went. Recall Napoleon's rule for talent allocation.

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malek tmosley Sun, 08/27/2017 - 22:00 Permalink

Almost.
We -and especially those smartest people hired by GS and other Wall Street banks- lost the focus on *morals*.

Someone really smart would, at least around age 35, realize what he's been doing at GS etc. isn't really smart from a moral perspective and would have quit.
Didn't happen except in minuscule numbers.

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