Krugman Calls G7 Meeting ‘Debacle In Quebec’

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The brilliant New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says the worst is yet to come from U.S. President Donald Trump in his trade war with his allies such as Canada:

Was there any strategy behind Trump’s behavior? Well, it was pretty much exactly what he would have done if he really is Putin’s puppet: yelling at friendly nations about sins they aren’t committing won’t bring back American jobs, but it’s exactly what someone who does want to break up the Western alliance would like to see.

Alternatively, maybe he was just acting out because he couldn’t stand having to spend hours with powerful people who will neither flatter him nor bribe him by throwing money at his family businesses – people who, in fact, didn’t try very hard to hide the contempt they feel for the man leading what is still, for the moment, a great power.

Whatever really happened, this was an utter, humiliating debacle. And we all know how Trump responds to humiliation. You really have to wonder what comes next. One thing’s for sure: it won’t be good.

To read the full Krugman column Debacle In Quebec, click here.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Krugman Calls G7 Meeting ‘Debacle In Quebec’

  1. So much time and effort goes into putting together agreements like NAFTA and NAFTA + Mexico, and it’s all dashed by bullies who, in my opinion, want nothing more than to assert themselves. Perhaps I’m wrong, perhaps the NAFTA and other agreements don’t work to the benefit of the American people. I guess I’ll have to do some research.

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    1. sisco,
      Politics, as it is practiced by most politicians, does often involve questionable tactics.

      Questionable tactics are bad enough but Trump’s tactics are down-right? The funny thing is that Trump doesn’t really know how to make a deal. He’s near the bottom of Forbe’s billionaires list, his companies have gone bankrupt several times and, oh yes, he doesn’t know how to wear a tie.

      Some ghost-writer did imply that the art of the deal was a Trump forte but boy, oh boy, was that a misdirection.
      Hopefully, the G8 minus 2 will stand-up together.

      skoal,
      Chaz

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