The fact is that the president is an enormous figure around the world and represents the most powerful nation in the world and people have gradually over the last three years come to respect both how tough he is but also how much he wants to reach out and to expect the other country to also be tough. Trump isn’t for a one-sided American nationalism. He is for representing American interests and assuming for example that Modi will represent India’s interest or that XI will represent China’s interest but that ought tough, honest and direct negotiation. Almost everywhere he goes the president is a salesman. He brings in $3 billion for contracts in helicopters. Not bad for a day’s work.
Right and India has had a long history of being an extraordinarily protectionist country. Goes all the way back to the founding of India after World War II as a country. And so, getting them to start to dismantle some of their tariff and regulatory things is very difficult it’s a great challenge. Something that prime minister Modi really wants to do if he can. He was a brilliant leader of the province — of one of the states and helped raise the tremendous high-technology economy in that state. He would like to do it for all of India and knows that requires him to lower the tariffs and to deregulate.
Well, look, presidents are allowed to have strong opinions. President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court by adding a whole bunch of extra justices because he was so mad at the court for blocking parts of the new deal. So, it’s not unusual for presidents to not always be happy with the supreme court. This president has already added two justices. I suspect if he gets reelected he’ll another couple in his second term and leave behind a court much more conservative it would have been if Hillary Clinton had won or if Bernie Sanders wins. He will eventually get there. Trump, I’ve never seen a president more dedicated to the principle that he is allowed to speak his mind as a normal citizen, which of course he is not. He is the president. No rule that says you can’t have your own opinion. I think Dwight Eisenhower said appointing Chief Justice Earl Warren was the biggest mistake of his presidency. People are allowed to have strong opinions.
Well sure, look. I think Sanders is such a radical that he may well take down the democratic house and cost the Democrat seats in the senate much like say George McGovern did in 1972. The president’s challenge right now is to look at the impact on the coronavirus on the Chinese economy and through the Chinese economy on the American economy. He can’t run as the jobs president if we end up in a downward spiral pulled by the Chinese. The Chinese economy is shattering right now. It is the second biggest in the world. So, the president has to focus very much on what do we need to do to keep America growing no matter what happens in China.