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Donald Trump tells his aides to portray him as a "crazy guy" in negotiations with South Korea. Well there's a stretch.

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Courtesy of Axios:  

In an Oval Office meeting earlier this month, President Trump gave his top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, an Art of the Deal-style coaching session on how to negotiate with the South Koreans.

A number of senior officials and cabinet secretaries were present for the conversation, including Defense Secretary Mattis, Agriculture Secretary Perdue, and Secretary of State Tillerson. At issue was whether the U.S. would withdraw from the Korean trade deal — an action Trump threatened but still hasn't done. 

"You've got 30 days, and if you don't get concessions then I'm pulling out," Trump told Lighthizer. 

"Ok, well I'll tell the Koreans they've got 30 days," Lighthizer replied. 

"No, no, no," Trump interjected. 

"That's not how you negotiate. You don't tell them they've got 30 days. You tell them, 'This guy's so crazy he could pull out any minute.'" "That's what you tell them: Any minute," Trump continued. "And by the way, I might. You guys all need to know I might. You don't tell them 30 days. If they take 30 days they'll stretch this out."

Trump does not have to bother to pretend to be crazy, because few of the things he does demonstrate sanity.

As if the South Koreans do not already have enough dealings with crazy megalomaniacs. 



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