You didn’t think a natural disaster would stop the man-made disaster currently ensconced in the Oval Office, did you?
Because, even though Il Douché is currently focussed on Hurricane Harvey: visiting Houston, telling residents there was “a lot of water, a lot of water,” marveling at the “happiness” all around him, and telling the crowd to “have a good time,” there were other things on his mind. Namely, South Korea.
According to the Washington Post, the President is considering withdrawing from a free trade deal with South Korea, known as KORUS. Senior advisors, including H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn are trying to talk him out of leaving.
And it’s not just because of the hit the American consumer to take if we withdraw. Cellphones, electronic devices such as TVs and computers, and automobiles will become more expensive, but more importantly, it could isolate South Korea at a time when the North is growing more belligerent.
There has to be some reason why would anyone want to roil the waters of an already unstable area:
Trump has expressed widespread frustration that he has not been able to follow through on campaign promises to rip up trade deals that he argues have disadvantaged U.S. workers. He came close several months ago to starting a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement, but he stopped short after intense lobbying by advisers and the business community.
He needs to appease his base. Harvey has forced him to confront reality —even touting the necessity of the federal government—and that is driving the Breitbart wing crazy. Or, to be precise, crazier. Sebastian Gorka, who appearently can’t not sound like a bad James Bond villian, warned that “it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House.” McMaster and Cohn are scorned as “globalists” by the alt-right, so their opposition to withdrawing only makes Breitbart, InfoWars, and Sean Hannity: Presidential Proctologist! cheer it on harder. Steve Bannon may be out of the West Wing, but his influence lingers, like a cheap cologne.