President Trump’s campaign pledge was to put America first, but during an interview on Thursday he declared himself both a nationalist and a globalist. Thus, leaving many who read the interview, including Breitbart News, wondering how one person can be both?
In the interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said, “Hey, I’m a nationalist and a globalist. I’m both.”
“And I’m the only one who makes the decision, believe me,” Trump noted.
During the presidential campaign, Trump also vowed to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he continued to claim he would do “if we’re unable to make a deal, but hopefully we won’t have to do that.”
The president has recently contended that he will negotiate a revision of the treaty that has governed U.S. trade policy with Canada and Mexico since 1994.
According to the Journal report, Trump received calls from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding NAFTA. After those discussions, Trump said, “They’re serious about it and I will negotiate rather than terminate.”
“Meanwhile, Sonny Perdue—the agriculture secretary who took office two days earlier—and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross met with Mr. Trump and showed him a map indicating the states where jobs would be lost if the pact collapsed, according to a person familiar with the matter,” the Journal reported, indicating that many of the states pointed out by Trump’s advisers supported him in the 2016 presidential election.
“Those conversations, along with a flood of calls to the White House from business executives, helped steer Mr. Trump away from an idea that some of his own advisers feared was a rash and unnecessary threat to two trading partners who fully expected to renegotiate the agreement anyway,” the Journal noted.
“I expect the administration to closely consult with Congress before such major trade-policy decisions are made,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees trade. “Withdrawing from NAFTA would have significant effects on the America economy.”
In March, former presidential candidate and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan claimed on Laura Ingraham’s radio show that if Trump abandoned his populist economic stance, it would be “fatal” for his presidency.
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