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Washington Post (May 30)

2018/ 06/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Sudden policy shifts are amplifying an air of unpredictability that the president has said gives him an edge at the bargaining table, even as U.S. trading partners complain that it erodes American credibility. Adding to the confusion are divisions among Trump’s trade advisers and complaints from members of Congress, who fear that the president may be stumbling into a costly multi-front trade war.”


Wall Street Journal (April 12)

2018/ 04/ 14 by jd in Global News

“It’s not the Trump Administration, it’s an adventure, and on Thursday there was a glint of good news on trade of all things…. President Trump directed his advisers to examine if the U.S. could negotiate its way back into the Pacific trade deal he walked away from in 2017.” Then again, this might just “another please-the-crowd attempt that will vanish like a tweet.”


Washington Post (January 3)

2018/ 01/ 04 by jd in Global News

“At this moment in time, Kim Jong Un is acting like a more mature person than the president of the United States…. It looks more and more dubious that Trump’s national security advisers know how to persuade him not to stumble his way into a conflict with North Korea. And Trump’s inability to coerce North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons will only cause him to make even more outlandish threats.”


Cover (March 16)

2017/ 03/ 18 by jd in Global News

Disclosure of “how many claims are paid out is absolutely the right thing to do” in the insurance industry. “Paying claims is the only way our industry can prove its worth to its customers and advisers…. This is why publication is so important. Claims statistics give advisers the evidence to help them reassure clients who believe policies hardly ever pay out. Honesty and openness is the best policy.”


Washington Post (November 13)

2016/ 11/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Nobody, probably including Donald Trump himself, really knows what he will do in foreign affairs. The fear is he will drive the world deeper into chaos and start a global trade war, or maybe a real war. The hope is that he will be tamed, as outsiders promising radical change frequently are, by sane advisers, the bureaucracy, Congress and — just maybe — a sense of the responsibilities of office.”


Wall Street Journal (November 9)

2016/ 11/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Donald J. Trump’s unlikely defeat of Hillary Clinton is a political earthquake of a kind that rarely disturbs American politics.” The President-Elect “will now need to pick smart advisers and show generosity in victory” as he “lacks political experience” and his “convictions on public policy are especially elusive.” He has “a chance to succeed if he follows through on his pledge to prioritize the economic growth that creates jobs and lifts incomes for all Americans.” He will need to “govern differently than he campaigned.” He will need to “discover a more optimistic and inclusive politics. Or so we can hope, if only for comity and the good of the country.”


The Economist (August 9)

2014/ 08/ 09 by jd in Global News

Abenomics may be working at the top, but it’s not trickling down to “folk who do not own bundles of shares or a flat in Tokyo’s trendy Daikanyama neighbourhood…. The mantra of Mr Abe and his advisers has been that a virtuous circle would come about whereby wages would rise and lift consumer spending, which in turn would boost investment by companies. Bingo: Japan would emerge from deflation. That is not happening and it is a conundrum.”


USA Today (March 18)

2014/ 03/ 18 by jd in Global News

“It would be foolish to think that Putin — basking in record popularity and surrounded by hard-line advisers — will do anything other than press the objective he has pursued for years: restoring the historic subjugation of Ukraine to Russia’s will.” The U.S. and “Europe, which has deeper trade ties to Russia” must not mislead themselves. They “must make clear how high the price of further aggression will be.”