Trump Bets His Presidency on Tariffs as a Recession Looms

Trump Bets His Presidency on Tariffs as a Recession Looms

Patrick J. Buchanan Tweet President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in November 2017. (White House/public domain) President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes hinge on two things: the state of the economy in 2020 and the identity of the Democratic nominee. The further left the Democrats go to select their candidate, the greater the probability that Trump wins a second term. Thus Trump got good news this week. The verbal flubs of Joe Biden reached critical mass. They are now so numerous and egregious that they have begun to call into question whether Biden, who turns 77 in November, is really up to a year of campaigning, followed by four years of leading the nation. Nor is it only Trump saying this now. The Biden staff appears to be agonizing over the endless reruns of Joe’s gaffes on cable TV. And a media that sees Biden as the best hope of bringing down Trump is showing signs of alarm. A valid question arises, not only for Democrats. Does the Biden we have lately seen in debate and on the stump look like a focused leader who could be confidently entrusted with the most powerful office on earth until January 2025, which would be the end of his first term? What are the odds that, if he won the presidency, Biden could be a two-term president, until 2029, and not a visibly lame duck from day one? Yet if Biden stumbles and falls before next spring, which seems more of a […]

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