Donald Trump is miles ahead of the DC beltway and even further ahead of the Australian media who are crying doom and destruction over his threats of aluminium and steel tariffs.

Australia’s Bluescope would be only marginally affected but it has larger plants across the rustbelt and Washington State that would benefit to a forecast $US200 million.

Hasn’t anyone in the ABC or Fairfax noticed that Trump prepares very well for every battle? What he is doing now is gathering his chips for a game he intends to win… that’s what he always does.

He puts himself in a position where he could hurt his opponent if necessary before he sits down to negotiate. Otherwise he can't win

This time he is scaring the crap out of Europe and China with steep tariffs. It is they who have been gaming the system for centuries and he had foreshadowed (indeed promised) that he intended to stop the trade imbalances all through his election campaign.

Why does the Left complain so bitterly when all he does is exactly what he promised to do?

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Chief
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Chief

lets remove ourselves from the commonwealth, ok we miss out on a truckload of medals, implore Donald to make us the 51st state of the usa and perhaps then we can move forward

Skeptik
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Skeptik

Why does the Left complain so bitterly when all he does is exactly what he promised to do?. Because the Left never does what they promise to do.

MagillaGorilla
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MagillaGorilla

Go the Don ! I must be getting old , but haven’t I been saying that for about 2 and a half years ?

MagillaGorilla
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MagillaGorilla

Go the Don !

Robbo_75
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Robbo_75

Trump is only doing his same stuff. If you read his books, he asks for the Stars and then settles for the Moon.

alio
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alio

Game, Set and Match.

noucg
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noucg

they seek asylum from their own country then go back there for a holiday ,one went back three times ,At Australian Taxpayers expense of course !

20674837
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20674837

Shock, horror as an election promise is enacted.

Pablo
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Pablo

The Australian MSM are blowing Trumbles horn loud and proud as the New Saviour, because Trump has offered Australia a deal..Trumble has grabbed this and will squeeze all the sugar he can from it, in an attempt to get the taste of Shit and Lemons out of the Australian Voters mouth. The more he tries to talk it up the bigger the Goose he appears to be, and the Stronger Trumps position has become. Trump has OFFERED, to drop the extra duty on Steele and Aluminium in exchange for an appropriate military agreement. Now Trumble has announced it and effectively… Read more »

Alejandro
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Alejandro

He is the best person to ever take office in America in recent years. We need someone of his ability to take over in Australia.

howdyjohn
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howdyjohn

Go, the Donald.

AnnieMac
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AnnieMac

Maryanne…I love the way they are so true-to-life!

-sailor-
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-sailor-

Trump should push China even harder. He should insist that illegally produced American copyrighted goods be seized in countries where they are sent from China. The world trade mob should agree with that one because China copies just about anything & everything they want. US cars in China have a 25% tariff, theirs have a 2.5% the USA. China likes to flex its muscle on the world stage put comes the *poor bloke* when it suits let them come to the *level playing field* & see how they fare.

chumo
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chumo

He has been promising since 1988, same threat to USA trade , with more participants. Why are they surprised at his consistency ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZpMJeynBeg

dante
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dante

If only Abbott had done that – did exactly what he promised to do – he would still be here.

blyth
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blyth

Oh yes the “”level playing field””One of Keatings favourite ideas if i remember, How can we have a level playing field as regards trade if your free trade opponents undercut your home industries at almost every turn,Even the lefties on the blog know that we cannot compete on an equal basis with economies that pay their workers a pittance.and no unions, super , pensions or worker protections ,I would have thought that the level playing field crap would have long gone out of favour by any one with half a brain by now,

BITS.
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BITS.

for years China in particular flouted copyright laws of american products and churned out their chinese copies. I daresay America and Trump have some scores to settle and we will hear all about it in due course

Pablo
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Pablo

We need OUT of the UN and the Paris agreement Now, and probably a Host of others we have not even been told about…….You would think these Peckerheads were on commission for every deal that some Leach can place in front of them for a Signature…….Yet here in Australia we have Aid Agency’s advertising in Australia for help to put shoes on school kids, and make sure they are fed, Here in Australia People, HERE in Australia, whilst this bunch give Billions in Aid to Despot Regimes who are hell bent on Killing us…….Where the HELL did all this fall… Read more »

Fedup
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Fedup

See Paul Keating has come out and stated that Trumpy is OK. Knows how to play hardball with Global competitors and isn’t soft or misguided like Obummer, Clinton (both of them) and Bush.

noucg
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noucg

Trans Pacific Partnership ,another nail in Australias coffin

Jack38
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Jack38

He is doing it for political purposes. This will give him votes in the swing states. It is a populist stance.

maybearedneck
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maybearedneck

What is wrong with a reciprocal tariff arrangement… Whatever the average tariff value on goods we export to a country, that is the tariff we apply to all goods from that country. Of course the average must include all costs / hidden taxes like import duties, bogus clearance / inspection charges etc

ApplePie
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ApplePie

lewa – they have a rubber stamp down at the Mosque.