How to Deal With Donald Trump
This might be one of the most important geopolitical posts and podcasts we’ve done in years, so you’d be wise to pay close attention. The end is near. President Obama will be leaving the White House in a matter of hours. And although he intimated in his last press conference he’d use his influence as a former president to protect American values should those values come under pressure, the world needs to prepare to deal with this new entity “some” will call the president of the United States. And the best way to deal with an entity like Donald Trump, is not to deal with Donald Trump. Let us explain.
Because Trump has been such a braggadocio about his negotiating style and business practices, the world has gained valuable insights into the core nature of this dangerously narcissistic egomaniac. Whether he’s engaging another nation state or members of Congress, Donald Trump should be viewed as a zero sum player. Simply put, he has to win, and you have to lose. Therefore, going forward, anyone dealing with Donald Trump should know that he intends to take advantage of them. Trump is not a win-win kinda guy. Many voted for Donald Trump because he is a tough, successful businessman. But to be as successful as Trump purports to be, you’d have to be willing to cross red lines of ethics most would not. And therein lies the problem.
Although Americans elected this “tough successful businessman” to make America great again, they should never forget, this businessman is one hell of a liar, cheat and thief. The students who received settlements from a class action lawsuit claiming fraud after attending Trump University will attest to this. Even his book, The Art of the Deal was not his book, according to the real author Tony Schwartz. The ugly details are behind this link. We could go on and on about Donald Trump’s history and dealings that should make anyone cautious when engaging this man, but we’re certain you’ve gotten the point. When dealing with Donald Trump, one shouldn’t be surprised to get less than what one bargained for. And many of his supporters will realize this fact when they lose their healthcare and the Wall isn’t built.
Until Donald Trump is voted out of office, most nation states would be wise to avoid dealing with America. Donald Trump is a disruptive, destabilizing and unpredictable force. This is his preferred mode of operation and he seems to be proud of it. Any multinational business, nation or group of nations considering major trade agreements, defense alliances or global economic initiatives that are not of a critical nature or time sensitive, should be held in limbo for the next four years. To knowingly expose one’s nation or business to someone of such questionable character would be imprudent, to say the least.
We realize this won’t be easy. The Unites States is big and powerful, with military assets and economic interests spread all over the world. And due to the interconnectivity of international economics and social globalization, in many instances, the United States will be impossible to sidestep. So our advise would be to adopt the diplomatic tact of the Chinese. Take the longview. Be respectful, be polite and say a lot of nice things about the man “some” Americans call their president. But the idea is to stall by slow walking everything and just string Donald Trump along with a smile. If pushed for a decision, let him down easy with: Thank You, Mr. President, but we’re not interested at this time. Allow him to think you’ve left the door open for further negotiations down the road, but you know full well, you’re just running out the clock. Again, we’re only talking about four years.
Bottom line: We as Americans Fu@ked up big time by allowing this creature to assume the presidency of the United States and we’ll all pay a heavy price for that error over the next four years. But most nations and multinational corporations looking to do business in an environment of certainty and stability can mitigate the damage of a Trump presidency by maintaining a safe distance and proceeding with caution whenever forced to engage. But complete avoidance should be the goal until “We the People” can find a more reasonable and rational replacement. And next week, we’ll provide advice for America’s intelligence community as well as the media, because neither have a clue how to deal with this man. Podcast below.