The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a multi-national, intercontinental trade agreed to by then-President Obama in 2016 – which, as usual, gave us the short end of the stick.  President Trump pulled out of TPP immediately after taking office.

Now, a year later, he’s talking about getting back in.  And the New York Times, with a level of obtuseness surprising even for this formerly great newspaper, doesn’t have a clue about the what and why of it.

From Ana Swanson’s article in today’s edition:

 President Trump, in a sharp reversal, told a gathering of farm-state lawmakers and governors on Thursday morning that the United States was looking into rejoining a multicountry trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal he pulled out of days after assuming the presidency.

Mr. Trump’s reconsideration of an agreement he once denounced as a “rape of our country” caught even his closest advisers by surprise and came as his administration faces stiff pushback from Republican lawmakers, farmers and other businesses concerned that the president’s threat of tariffs and other trade barriers will hurt them economically.

Can Ms. Swanson and the editors at Times headquarters possibly be this dense?  Or is their hatred of Trump so all-pervasive that they are determined to ignore what is in front of their eyes?

President Trump threatened to pull out of NAFTA, because we had a lousy deal with Canada and Mexico.  Canada and Mexico, came running with offers to make that deal more equitable.  A new, more USA-friendly version of NAFTA is currently in negotiation.

President Trump threatened to pull out of NATO because, most of its members were not paying their share and we were getting stuck with their deadbeat bills (23 of the 28 were in arrears).  Suddenly, a bunch of NATO members who were skating along as we footed the bill started ponying up.

Now, after a year out of the TPP, President Trump is making sounds about getting back in.  Is there any doubt at all that the other countries in this partnership – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – want us back in?  And is there any doubt that, to get us back in, they will provide a far better deal for us than the one President Obama agreed to?

When you elect a President who spent his entire career outside of politics, in the business world – and managed to make billions of dollars in the process – you probably are going to get a President who knows something about the art of the deal.

And, whatever else you might think of President Trump, that is certainly what we got when we elected him.

Too bad the New York Times can’t figure this out.

Hmmmm, “The Art Of The Deal”.  I’ll bet that would be a great name for a book…….

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