Trump Leans Into Deal-Maker Reputation

President Trump is leaning into his deal-maker persona, seeking to project confidence about the economy ahead of his 2020 reelection bid. 

At the Group of Seven (G-7) summit’s conclusion on Monday in Biarritz, France, Trump’s efforts were on full display.

The president spoke optimistically about the prospect of a deal to end the trade war with China, while championing a separate tentative trade agreement with Japan.

Trump promised a robust free trade agreement with a post-Brexit United Kingdom and spoke confidently about future nuclear agreements with North Korea and Iran. He also assailed the Obama administration for its “bad deal” with Tehran. 

The performance was classic Trump and carried echoes of his first presidential campaign, when he ran on his experience as a celebrity businessman and real estate broker. 

Republicans say Trump’s message, particularly when it comes to China, is meant to counter speculation about the prospect of a recession while fending off uncertainty spawned by a trade war that has resulted in dramatic stock market gyrations.

Economists say the prospect of a recession in 2020 has grown, and a trade pact with China might be one of the few things Trump could accomplish that would bolster economic confidence and even stave off a slowdown.

“Since [Franklin D. Roosevelt], every single president who has avoided recession has been reelected,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “As long as he’s optimistic about getting deals done and getting accomplishments, getting things done, that’s a good message for the American electorate.” 

Read more from Morgan Chalfant at The Hill

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