G20 opens with Tweets, tough talk and psychological diplomacy

Trump's tough talk appears to be shifting international rhetoric, especially in the areas of trade and economics.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 6, 2017 – There are millions of people who will not accept it, and many more who will dispute it. But according to a  new report from the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research Donald Trump’s “mouth that roared” is finally beginning to have an effect on other countries that were emboldened during the Obama administration.

Trump’s tough talk appears to be shifting international rhetoric, especially in the areas of trade and economics. If true, the even better news is that the president is a maverick and whether his critics agree with him or not, he will at least attempt to do what he believes is best for this country.

Because the source of the latest revelations comes from the conservative “Daily Caller” a dispute is inevitable. But no information either side puts out these days escapes the scrutiny of the mass media microscope.

“‘The world isn’t nearly facing the same intense levels of turmoil under President Donald Trump than under the previous administration,” says ‘The Daily Caller,’ ‘and nowhere else is this new calm resonating as well as on the global financial stage.'”


President Theodore Roosevelt used to say, “speak softly, and carry a big stick.” Speaking softly is hardly a Trump trait, but the principle remains the same as the president uses bluster to strike fear into the hearts of global trading partners who are frightened by retaliation, duties, and limits on U.S. imports.

Perception, be it real or imagined, can be a powerful tool in any leader’s arsenal of diplomatic weapons.

Certainly, ISIS and other terror organizations learned that lesson quickly. The former president was significantly undermined by his weak strategies against Islamic jihad.

As the G20 Summit unfolds in Hamburg, Germany, a number of researchers have expressed a noticeable trend by countries which are softening their self-protectionary measures.  Reporting in its Global Trade Alert, the authors argue that since the G20 has failed in its attempts to slow protectionist trade practices among its members, Trump finds himself in the desirable position of having “plenty of ammunition” with which “to attack multilateral trade deals and promote U.S. protectionism.”

While Trump’s tweeting methods irk a high percentage of the American people, the opposition media continues its barrage on “lowest common denominator” issues which may sound sexy on the covers of “People”, “The National Enquirer” or CNN but have little or no effect on the problems that present genuine concerns for most Americans.

Consequently, Trump’s tortoise-like efforts at getting legislation enacted may be taking longer than he would like, but it does appear to be working.

Simon Evernett, one author of the G20 report and a professor of economics at St. Gallen University in Switzerland, stated that

“The G20 countries that had hit U.S. interests more often before President Trump was elected are the very G20 countries that have cut back on protectionism the most in 2017.”

In simpler terms, the report explains,

“President Trump is to trade relations what Uber is to licensed taxis: a disruptive, brash force against which rules and conventional practices pale.”

Using his now familiar Tweeting tactic, Trump recently sent a message that read,

Meanwhile, yellow-journalism anti-Trump forces continue their negative polling, simplistic non-news issues, conspiracy witch hunts regarding collusion with the Russians and other distractions that add time-consuming hurdles to the process of governing.

Donald Trump is unconventional to be sure. Time will tell whether his policies are ultimately successful. Part of that is due to the president’s oddball personality and part is due to the agenda set by his predecessor.

It’s a bittersweet mix. If Mr. Trump doesn’t know what his next move will be, then it’s impossible for his opponents to know either.

 

About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

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