Is Trump team incompetence and ignorance of foreign trade processes pushing the US into a trade war with Europe?

 

The current U.S. president appears to be jaw-droppingly ignorant of foreign trade processes. European leaders have been aghast at his slow grasp of details. German Prime Minister Angela Merkel reportedly had to explain that it would be legally impossible for Germany to set up trade agreements directly with the U.S. (since Germany is part of the European Union) eleven times before he is said to have grasped that schoolkid fact).

And the ignorance and confusion apparently doesn’t stop with Trump. he Washington Post, notes that Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro appears profoundly confused about Germany’s monetary goals:

Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, seems to think that Germany wants a weak euro. In fact, German officials have spoken out consistently against the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing policy that is helping hold down the euro’s value.

The analysis suggests that while Trump and his team are largely clueless, that doesn’t mean they’re automatically wrong about everything — though they don’t appear to have the operational competence to address the extremely complex trade, savings, and investment relationships at the heart of the issue.

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Merkel: The US can’t be counted on by its allies under Trump

Sadly, I think it’s obvious she’s right.

From abrogation of long-established treaties, to providing the top secrets of US allies to their — and our — adversaries, to a constant barrage of lies, disinformation, and misinformation — Donald Trump and his team of willfully ignorant incompetents have turned the current US administration into a betrayer of allies and a traitor to our national ideals and principles.

Newsweek: ANGELA MERKEL SUGGESTS GERMANY CAN’T COUNT ON THE U.S. UNDER TRUMP

H.R. McMaster doesn’t know anything about it — except that Jared Kushner’s attempt to set up a Russian-controlled communications backchannel between the Trump team and the Kremlin is nothing to worry about.

Remember when national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, had a shred of credibility left? Looks like, instead of him imposing discipline on the Trump team, the Trump style has turned McMaster into one of them…

Even though he suggested it was all nothing to worry about, he ALSO claimed that he knew nothing about Jared Kushner’s efforts to set up a secure backchannel communication with Russia using their facilities — a communication channel specifically designed to prevent US intelligence agents from being able to monitor it: “it’s not something that I’ve in any way been involved with or that I have any knowledge of.”

Got that? He doesn’t know ANYTHING about it — but he can assure you it’s NOTHING to worry about. Thanks, H.R. Great work keeping the country safe and free.

Washington Post: Trump adviser: ‘I would not be concerned’ about a Russia back channel, irrespective of Kushner