He’s mad at Jeff Sessions.
He’s upset over Hope Hicks.
He’s angry with Mueller.
He’s frustrated about Jared Kushner.
He was gunning for a fight.
These are the reasons given for the Trump announcement of aluminum and steel tariffs. These are the only reasons proposed for the sudden and unvetted news. However, the script for the pending trade wars is missing one hot button event.
On Thursday, March 1, NBC’s Megyn Kelly scored her second interview with Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation. This event occurred on the same day of Trump’s tariff declaration.
Remember Megyn Kelly? Trump does. She was his nemesis on the debate stage, the brunt of his crude “blood coming from her…” insult. Megyn Kelly, the female who dared to rebuff Trump and who earned his undying hatred and a top spot on his Revenge List.
Here she is again, upstaging him, separating the eyes and ears of the world from the megalomaniac that is Donald Trump.
You bet he came unglued.
To add insult to injury, Kelly is speaking one-on-one with Putin, the character who looms over his head like a black vulture, the origin of the Mueller turmoil, the single name dirtying Trump’s ultimate glory as president. That Trump and Putin are witting players in his questionable victory matters not. In the frenzied mind of Trump, the autocrat of Russia is just another interloper, one more bit actor interrupting the god drama of Donald.
Yes he was fuming.
What could Donald do but find something – anything – to boot Putin from the stage and insert himself?
Little wonder that Trump bypassed all the norms of policy-making. He didn’t have a moment to waste. No time for review or a heads up to Congress or approval from his relevant Cabinet.
And so, we have the complete surprise announcement of aluminum and steel tariffs.
The press have been nipping at his heels ever since. Even NBC News sacrificed Kelly’s substantial interview for Trump’s tariffs, giving her cursory headlines and limited coverage rather than a full-on promotional campaign.
The American media are lapdogs. They have facilitated an unpardonable crime – publicizing an unofficial, maybe-policy from a puffed-up, halfwit in lieu of a threat of nuclear proliferation by a world power. That the instrument of this power is accused of information warfare on the United States makes their malfeasance inexcusable.
Trump won – again. We see why and how that happened. Look to the media.