Trump's ‘modus operandi' is ultimatums & threats but China's Xi Jinping ‘didn't fall for the bait'
Added 06-11-19 05:37:02am EST - “US President Donald Trump brought tough talk and threats to hammer out concessions in the trade war with Beijing, but Chinese leader Xi Jinping refused to play by his rules, an analyst told RT.” - Rt.com
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“Trump’s modus operandi is to issue ultimatums, insults, and even threats to put his adversary in negotiations off their game psychologically,” Jack Rasmus, professor of political economy at Saint Mary’s College of California, told RT.
It’s also his way of gaining control of the bargaining agenda from the start. The opponent responds to the hyperbole and Trump negotiates from there. He plans to accept something less but starts from the extreme.
When the US president manages to get some concessions from foreign partners, he “lies and exaggerates what was achieved” in order to impress voters at home, the economist said, adding that Trump wants to demonstrate that he is “tough” on foreign governments.
In fact, President Trump’s stance on foreign policy is shaped by “the neocons and hardliners” on his team, like National Security Advisor John Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who “put the idea in his ear,” Rasmus said.
The president tried to employ his usual tough talk in the ongoing trade war, but China is not playing by his rules.
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