Just as his qualifications as a negotiator on the world stage are put to the test – and he fears that time is running out to prove that his diplomatic gambling works – the basis for his deal-artist reputation has become dramatic
While Trump is focusing more on 2020 and a potential Democratic rival, people close to him want to prove to his supporters that the Dealmaker they voted for in 2016 is keeping their promise to negotiate the globe.
And although aides have insisted that the president is not worried about who he will face in the 2020 elections, several people who spoke to Trump in recent days said he had called to speak about the Democratic Party Breed to discuss – especially former Vice President Joe Biden ̵
Trump is always closely associated with his political position and has seen almost all of his steps as President through the lens of his re-election efforts. As he faces a series of global crises challenging his ability to conduct business, he openly questions whether one of his potential rivals would fare better. And behind the scenes, he questions the advice of adjutants, while his negotiating efforts diminish and his re-election is approaching.
His adversaries are everywhere on television
In recent weeks, Trump – whose perception of an event is often marked by media coverage – has turned on. His television is expected to see news about his government, and Instead, one of the nearly two dozen people hoping to run against him occupies the screen. At times he has complained that some of the Democratic candidates are receiving better coverage than he – even through Fox, his erstwhile (and usually still) reliable cheerleader.
When he found himself reporting about himself this week, the headlines were ruled by foreign trouble spots that could not curb his diplomatic efforts.
When Trump again asked questions on Thursday, the acute overseas crisis, which spread to his administration, had pushed tax burdens to the side. Taken together, however, the undermining of his business acumen and the uncertain state of his global negotiations meant a review of Trump's most basic political attributes: his ability to do business.
At the top is a president who, according to his base, proved that they had made the right choice in 2016 – and focused intensely on the democratic race to become his opponent.
At the rally in Florida's Panhandle, where a muted crowd and complaints from the president about a slick stage gave Trump a potential rival – South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg – would go bankrupt against President Xi Jinping of China ,
Trump has even complained in recent days that Biden derailed his trade talks indirectly China claimed that a comment by Democratic leader Xi signaled that he would be a smoother negotiator than Trump (according to Biden's team, the candidate's comment taken out of context).
In reality, most US officials have blamed Xi for the collapse of trade talks that they believe he did not want to do. Make the economic reforms the US has insisted on. Even privately, Trump is frustrated that adjutants led him to believe that a deal was closer than it actually was. Some members of his team had painted a rosier picture of the talks in order to forestall an increase in tariffs.
Interviewing His National Security Team
He This week, he was irritated by his national security team and openly questioned their strategy in Venezuela after a planned military uprising relied on by some US officials failed to gain momentum.
Trump directed his anger at national security adviser John Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sources told CNN.
Trump has told friends that Bolton wants to go to war in several places, and on Thursday the president admitted to reporters that sometimes he had to restrict his advisor.
"He has strong views on things, but that's fine, I actually inhibited John, which is pretty amazing, right?" Trump said.
He went on to voice his complaints about Bolton's dealings with Venezuela in telephone calls later this week.
And Trump polled his Secretary of State last week after Pompeo said in a CNN interview that the Russians had convinced the Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro to stay in the country, and Pompeo asked what he did to deal with it
Trump later called Putin himself.
Nevertheless, the president has blamed his predecessors for most of his foreign policy problems – Russian interference in the elections, North Korea's nuclear capability and the "terrible, one-sided" Iran nuclear deal – Venezuela is a crisis that has escalated during his tenure and Thinking more about Trump is considered about any former president.
And maybe Trump has more than any other foreign flashpoint Priva The situation in Venezuela was directly related to his own political fate, especially in Florida. Some Trump's political advisers see a political upturn as Maduro leaves office and believe that Venezuelan American voters in Florida are more inclined to vote for Trump and Republicans.
But this possibility has not yet arrived, at least not yet. When Trump spoke at the Florida rally this week, he admitted that the progress would be more incremental than immediate.
"How are we in Venezuela?" he asked. "Step by step, step by step."