Trump turns trade into bargaining chip

President Trump is increasingly using trade as a point of leverage to win concessions on national security and foreign affairs.

Trump in July suggested he would unwind access to the U.S. market for China if it did not do more to pressure North Korea, asking on Twitter, “Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?”

On Sunday, he floated the possibility that the U.S. could end trade with any country doing business with North Korea, a threat that would cover China and Germany.

Trump also is considering a withdrawal from a free trade agreement negotiated by the George W. Bush administration with South Korea, a move the president has previously blamed on a steep trade deficit, but which comes as he presses Seoul to take a tougher line with North Korea.

Mexico is yet another target. Trump suggested the U.S. could withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada if Mexico does not pay for a border wall.

Many see Trump’s use of trade deals as a cudgel in foreign policy negotiations as a dicey strategy.

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  • jgarbuz

    He said he would and he should, and get whatever concessions he can wring out of them. No mor “nice guy America.” Schmuck, to use the Brooklyn expression.

  • generalJed

    It’s about time we demanded some respect around the World! Go, Trump!

    • The Redman

      white-folks ruined everything “around the world”. hahahahhahahahahaha. cpl. jenna. hahahahahhahahahh

  • mike


    • The Redman

      trump-ah-hump U boy. hahahahahahahah

  • george briar

    he wrote the book the art of the deal so he knows what he’s doing more than the stupid media will say. Obama wrote the book on the art of the steal and in 8 years he stole millions.

    • The Redman

      Nah, georgie mae, white-folks love 2 steal, kill, and lie. hahahahahahahahahah

  • Ironmike4610

    I’m so glad Obastard’s reign of terror is over. Now if he was 6ft under that would be even better!

    • The Redman

      Like dem babies yo mama aborted, huh, tin-boy. hahahhahahahhahaha

  • The Redman

    trump-ah-hump anyone in his path. hahahahahahahaha