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Donald Trump’s tariffs are big, fat American snake oil meant to win re-election, not solve real problems

It has become clear that tariffs are the “snake oil” of salesman Donald Trump and his US administration. I am reminded of the endearingly eccentric father-in-law in the 2012 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, who spent much of his time dispensing a spray of glass cleaner as a cure-all for every minor medical complaint. Except that the US president’s obsession with tariff snake oil is anything but endearing. Trump is now unsatisfied with a big, fat ugly trade war with China that looks set to… Source link

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Donald Trump’s re-election chances haven’t been hurt by the US midterm results

US President Donald Trump is the best political campaigner since Ronald Reagan. Perhaps better. Unlike Reagan, he is not a politician – he is a man on a mission; to turn America into Trumptown. He targets his own supporters at the expense of the middle ground, but with aggressive energy. And now, in the midterm elections, which are usually difficult for the president’s party, the Republicans have held their own. Trump would declare victory even if he had been thumped, but this performance is close to a win. He lost…

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