How Should We Read and Understand Trump’s Tweets, Calls and Other Actions?
Trump’s tweets and other actions seem to be a constant source of controversy, especially among the uber left. Trump just doesn’t seem to do things the way the “old establishment” expects them done. From the uber left’s warped perspective, Trump’s tweets break protocol more often than seasoned athletes break a sweat.
Take Trump’s call with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. That really raised red flags for violating protocol. The uber left demanded Trump apologize and say he made a terrible mistake. But, was it a mistake at all?
Are Trump’s tweets actually brilliant negotiations ploys? Are they attempts to frustrate Trump’s adversaries? Are they actually attempts to move America away from the uber left’s stifling of Freedom of Speech with political correctness? Let’s discuss now …
What about Trump’s Call with Taiwan’s President?
In my view, Trump’s call with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was brilliant and masterful. I think it was the opening position in a complex and clever negotiation dance. He let them know it’s not going to be business as usual. He’s capable of shaking up the status quo, where we tip toe around China’s sensitivities, yet discount our own needs.
Indeed, Trump intends to negotiate with China to achieve more equitable trade deals. In addition, the U. S. wants to pressure China to be tougher with North Korea. While taking an outwardly strong stance on North Korea, some believe China has gone too easy on North Korea in the area of nuclear weapons. China has considerable clout it can use to reign in North Korea’s actions.
From China’s perspective, China is particularly concerned Trump might increase weapons sales to Taiwan. It’s another bargaining chip in the U. S. negotiations with China.
@realDonaldTrump tweets on Sun 12/4/16:
- Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into..
- their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don’t think so!
Conclusion #1 – Trump’s tweets and some actions (calls, meetings) are used to open or continue negotiations.
What about Trump’s Tweets with Saturday Night Live?
Sometimes Trump’s tweets take on his opponents and the uber left thinks he can’t take criticism and shouldn’t respond. In effect, they are suggesting he should allow himself to be bullied. For example,
@realDonaldTrump tweets on Sat 12/3/16:
- Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad
My view is that Trump believes to do his job as president, he needs to be tough with opponents who have pushed around Republicans for decades. Also, I think many of his tweets are meant to throw off his opponents by inserting some humor and some political incorrectness into the conversation and on-going debates.
@realDonaldTrump on Thu 11/29/16:
- I thought that @CNN would get better after they failed so badly in their support of Hillary Clinton however, since election, they are worse!
- Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
Conclusion #2 – Trump’s tweets are meant to throw his opponents with exaggeration, criticism, and humor.
What Overall Conclusion Can You Make about Reading and Understanding Trump’s Tweets?
Conclusion #3 – Don’t take Trump’s tweets at face value. Look for the deeper context and meaning.
President-Elect Donald Trump is very intelligent, has an incredible sense of the thoughts and feelings of Americans, and does not tweet things without having a real purpose.
Someday, the old mainstream media might just catch on.
New Book – Book #5
I’m happy to share with hosts, producers and readers that I have just started writing my next book. It’s my fifth book and I’m very enthusiastic and excited about it.
I can’t share share the title just yet; actually, it might change several times before the publication date. I also can’t share the content this early. But, I will give you a few hints. My new book is about:
- The new Trump administration.
- Major trends in the culture, in our politics, and in our economy that I see coming in the next few years.
- Plus, the impact of those major trends on Trump’s success.
I think you will love reading it. Look for it to come out right before Trump’s 2018 State of the Union Address.