Five Eyes Leverage – Europe Imposes Steel Tariffs on China…

In November of last year the New York Post interviewed President Trump asking specifically why he was not declassifying “spygate” documents, and inquiring about the purpose for his reluctance.  President Trump responded: “Maybe it’s better that the public not see what’s been going on with this country.”  Many people were disappointed, but its always been President Trump’s primary MAGA agenda to focus on economic security.

As the president has repeatedly stated: “economic security is national security.”  And with that cornerstone as the foundation, any evidence of a ‘Five-Eye’ ally participating in the scheme against Trump becomes leverage.  Cue the example:

EUROPE – European officials said today they will make tariffs on steel imports to the region permanent to help stem the glut of supply sparked by Donald Trump’s trade war against China.

The move highlights that protectionism is spreading and Donald Trump’s trade war with China is entrenching itself into the global economy.

The EU will impose quotas on 26 product categories and levy a 25% duty on imports exceeding those quotas, the executive arm said on Wednesday. The move cements proposals laid out last July with the stated aim of protecting European steelmakers amid Chinese overcapacity.

[…] The European auto manufacturers association ACEA said it was “extremely disappointed” and called the measures protectionist, citing statistics showing that steel exports to the US had only dropped marginally, meaning little extra steel was being imported to Europe.

“These measures do not take into account the needs of downstream users of steel, such as the automotive sector,” it said in a statement.  (read more)

A reminder from last year.

[…] President Trump has fifty years of business skills in various predatory and adversarial financial deals.  Leverage, or the ability to force an opponent to take an action that benefits your position, is the most valuable weapon in deals; business or politics the same is true.

This type of leverage is extremely valuable and it’s not just against Democrats, Obama and the Never Trump alliance (ie. Sea Island group).  President Trump is in a fight against multiple enemies from all sides, across all aisles and political alignments.  The declassification leverage is like an atomic hammer that strikes everyone in a 360° blast radius.

And it is not limited to domestic adversaries.  This leverage has a geopolitical value.

Think about geopolitical trade deals with Five-Eyes allies.  Think about how President Trump may need an ally to take a position adverse to their preferred interests. The potential for declassification of intelligence documents showing complicit corruption within the U.K. and Australia could destroy politicians external to the U.S.

Think about an ally being asked to take a position on China (trade), Iran (sanctions), Russia (energy), etc.  Movement on any of these geopolitical issues, and many more, can be tilted -in part- based on the threat of sunlight or declassification. Leverage is a tool.

Getting particular democrats to support the USMCA; what’s that worth?

Getting a southern border wall and sensible immigration law; what’s that worth?

What does President Trump value?  What is important to him?

What part of the transactional relationship can be enhanced by leverage?   Pro-tip: it’s not personal; it is not leverage to benefit Trump personally; he doesn’t care about that shallow stuff… his view of the horizon is much longer, much further; much more consequential.

It annoys the heck out of many people, me included, that Donald Trump is willing to absorb so much inbound fire, unnecessarily; which, by extension, means that his supporters are forced to absorb so much inbound and unnecessary fire; but he is.

What is President Trump’s primary objective?   Save the U.S.A. through economics.

Economic security is national security.

I think much of our angst is because we look too short-term; and the media does a great job of convincing us President Trump is selfish.  Perhaps they are correct. Perhaps I’m wrong; but I see this leverage issue as something Trump views as important – obviously; or he wouldn’t approach it that way.

Would President Trump trade a $500 billion per year positive benefit to the U.S. economy in exchange for never outlining the fraud against him?

Would President Trump accept new jobs for a million Americans in exchange for never outlining the 2016 fraud against him?

Yeah.

He would.

Without question.

And he wouldn’t care if it meant he could never win in 2020.

He ain’t a politician.

Piss you off?

Probably.

That’s Trump.

All of those resistance “politicians” and their schemes, ploys, games and strategies are annoying gnats.  Nothing more.  President Trump’s MAGA agenda is the primary focus. That agenda is bigger, much bigger and far more consequential, than their obstruction.

All of the collective political gnat activity is less than.

 

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188 Responses to Five Eyes Leverage – Europe Imposes Steel Tariffs on China…

  1. Katherine McCoun says:

    President Trump is much more forgiving of others and shakes off the past misdeeds of others more easily and more quickly than I do. And it serves him well. He is (obviously) more successful and more effective than I could ever hope to be.

    And maybe he is just wiser, sees the bigger picture and remembering what his goals are. I guess he doesn’t let himself get sidetracked by personalities and by other’s misdeeds. Big picture, long term goals and keeping his eye on the prize. The big win v. the revenge/payback/small wins.

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    • Ace says:

      Or maybe he will keep using it until its no longer useful then he will release it.

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    • Rachel Guess says:

      Katherine,

      President Donald Trump is the man this nation has needed at the helm for a very long time, and he took office at the time we needed him the most. My only fear is that we will not find someone to carry his torch when he is no longer in office.

      This administration, after President Trump was swept into office via a perfect storm of events, has been absolutely amazing in correcting a lot of the damage done by administrations dating back to the Reagan years in just his first two years in office. There is no question that Donald Trump is the man that is the driving force behind those corrections. I do believe he will easily win re-election in 2020, but we need to start delving around for a replacement for him in 2025 because honestly, I can’t think of anyone that could even provide candlelight when compared to his nuclear blast power.

      Maybe it’s too early to think about these things, but the thought that much of what Donald Trump has accomplished for the nation could be undone by selecting the wrong candidate to replace him in 2025, or heaven forbid that a liberal would win again and push the country back to square one, is enough to curdle the blood in my veins.

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      • Which is why, in the end, we have to win the minds of the Democrat followers of today (of Obama’s radical, anti-American agenda), not just one election, or any number of elections.

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        • Louis Genevie says:

          Have you ever tried to ‘win the mind’ of a Leftist? I may be weak in my persuasive ability, god knows. But the Left-leaning people I have spoken with are so entrenched in a ‘position’ that has no substance it is difficult to carry on an intelligent conversation with them. They do not think in terms of ideas and policies. They emote. They call names. In the end, they have nothing to say. If anyone has been successful in convincing these people, I’d appreciate knowing how it is done.

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          • nofreelunch says:

            It is impossible to change the mind of a closed minded person. Open minded ones will see the truth as they gain life experience. Probably 20% , or more, of conservatives were once liberals.

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    • william couch says:

      Agreed.. But this last one on peeeeeeeelooosie was genius..

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    • mugzey302 says:

      I believe our President sees business as one thing, and personal loyalty as something else. And, he probably views his position as POTUS as business (America is, after all, a corporation) and he is the CEO. So, that approach makes him very different from the lawyer/politician class that has been entrenched in DC for so many years. You see his personal loyalty demands with the removal of leakers and treasonous subterfuge. He is a force of nature, and we are blessed to have him at the helm.

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  2. TheLastDemocrat says:

    We bankroll NATO, and UN.

    To protect them from who? Russia and China.

    EU countries doing great in deals with Russia (natural gas) and China (steel).

    Can someone add this up for me?

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  3. Invisigoth says:

    China’s surplus with the U.S. grew 17 percent from a year ago to hit $323.32 billion in 2018.

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  4. “And he wouldn’t care if it meant he could never win in 2020.”
    He has already announced his intention to run in 2020 with Pence as his VP. VSGPDJT and DJT, the businessman is known by ALL as a “Man of his Word”….Even his enemies acknowledge that.
    POTUS cares about the 2020 election, because of ‘we the deplorables’ and he is planning on winning and ‘we the deplorables’ will see to it that “we Win” in 2020. That is exactly what all this Hoopla is all about…2020!

    “He ain’t a politician.”
    Right now I’d say we are seeing a great politician at work everyday in DC, taking on the Swamp, setting up the evil doers and helping them expose their true beings.
    The businessman in POTUS is handling all the rest in DC and nationally; the trade deals, the shutdown, the economy, the DC cronyism, the extreme leftists running businesses and Congress, etc., etc…..

    DJT believes in revenge, when the time is right and of his choosing. DJT loves to Win Bigly.
    Using a ‘reasonable man’s theory’: Why would VSGPDJT change his core beliefs at this point in the game?

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  5. jeans2nd says:

    But Wait! There’s More!
    Not just steel tariffs.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Al Brown says:

    I don’t know if it was meant to convey this, but every time I see Shinzo Abe in this picture, I can’t help but feel a little gratitude for his show of support. He may not have been supporting our POTUS, but the effect of the picture was excellent

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  7. Republicanvet91 says:

    “European officials said today they will make tariffs on steel imports to the region permanent to help stem the glut of supply sparked by Donald Trump’s trade war against China.”

    “I think much of our angst is because we look too short-term;”

    Mea Culpa

    I never would have considered any leverage he had from the Muh Russia! scam as being strongly useful beyond DC.
    I was wrong.

    Yes. I can be patient when that leverage can be used on a global scale resulting in a reset that will be lasting many years after POTUS has retired from the field.

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    • De Oppresso Liber says:

      Me too….prior to this announcement, I could not recognize ANY “leveraged” advantage gained by the withholding of the FISA docs. Now, if this leverage also sees USMCA passed, the Wall built, etc….those would be great accomplishments, but I would still like for some of the most egregious voter fraud felons to see prison relatively soon, maybe others too (child rapists, murderers, thieves, etc…).

      I can wait a few years to see the TRAITORS punished, hopefully at a public gallows constructed on the Washington Mall.

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      • Perot Conservative says:

        I believe the leverage on USMCA is pulling 100% out of NAFTA. That’s part if the agreement, he needs no support for that is my understanding.

        So its either back to basics before NAFTA, or USMCA.

        Different item, different option / leverage.

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  8. “it’s not personal; it is not leverage to benefit Trump personally; he doesn’t care about that shallow stuff… his view of the horizon is much longer, much further; much more consequential.”

    With all due respect SD this bit may stray into the wishful and overly idealized. At the least it’s subject to qualification. If Trump feels his daughter, son or son-in-law are being delivered into the grinder of personal destruction, he could deploy some leverage. As the consummate family man who frankly dragged his family into this insane level of scrutiny, he might feel duty-bound as a patriarch to come to their aid. I think I might even admire him more for that despite it costing the us something.

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  9. The criminal spying/FISAGATE crap pales in comparison to the myriad crimes everyone in the swamp has been complicit to for their entire careers… never knew why “this” was such the only “big deal” going on and all that was talked about.

    I do not believe that President Trump plans to leave the nation he is fighting so hard to restore in the hands of evil actors. I also don’t believe that ANYONE other than President Trump and possibly a very limited handful of MI know what the hell is going on “behind the scenes”.

    Working to restore national security through economic security is common sense genius, and our VSG isn’t doing it to waste his time, which is exactly what it would be if criminal traitors or those who are seditious weren’t punished.

    Evil can only triumph when good men do nothing. President Trump will do something… and I suspect it will be quite the reckoning of well maneuvered, business like corrective measures.

    First things first though, and back to let Trump be Trump.

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    • De Oppresso Liber says:

      I am grateful someone finally explained exactly what this magnificent “leverage” that the president has recently attained consisted of, exactly, because I sure as hell couldn’t see it; I sincerely hope it all works out like Sundance has it outlined.

      I realized very quickly, when President Trump kept Adm. Rogers in his position as the commander of the NSA, that he (POTUS) probably had a virtual treasure trove of intelligence at his fingertips. Combined with Rudy (and his NYPD contacts) he also has Huma’s laptop contents implicating only God knows how many Uniparty scum, as well as international bad actors. Add it all up = President Trump can take out almost all of these America-hating, TREASONOUS vermin anytime he wants.

      But, as you point out, why would he work so hard to build us back into the undisputed, lone Hyper-Power nation on Earth, just to turn it back over to those who would rob, rape, and pillage what he has worked so hard to accomplish? Simple answer – he wouldn’t. Perhaps he is wanting to establish enough of a DOJ to make sure the charges stick, but is going to hurt their ill-gotten “fortunes” as much as possible until then? Maybe.

      I believe President Trump is an honest man who genuinely loves our country, and wants to do the best he can to see her prosper and be secure. If he actually does everything he promised – Build the Wall, Lock Her Up, and Drain the Swamp – I will start the GoFundMe account and yell for all to hear, that we make room for him on Mt. Rushmore; He will have EARNED the honor.

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      Sure. But I’m not so quick to believe PT had Barr suggested to him by President Bush at his Father’s funeral, and it was a go 1 day later. Wouldn’t Joe DiGenova or others make that recommendation weeks ago?

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      • Vicus says:

        Joe becomes Trump’s lawyer. Client-attorney privileges. Discussions take place. Joe leaves. Why? To seek an AG to replace Sessions. Hence Barr.

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  10. RJones says:

    He fails if the corruption isn’t cleaned up. It’s a cancer and it grows each time Dems get in power. Yes, we all need a great economy. But I’d happily suffer economically, severely so, to see that cancer killed and to see the chagrin of the mendacious media and the arrogant, narcissistic, moralistic, progressive PsOS than have infected our country. Money isn’t everything. Leaving a decent country for grandkids is.

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    • wolfrom1 says:

      Rjones/ To me justice and revenge are nearly the same,except revenge goes a step further and is more personal. I seek justice under the law. You are right, if we don’t clean up our justice system the next generation will suffer.

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  11. David L says:

    Here’s a thought. What if Trump authorized the recent release of the transcripts of Page, Or, and Papadoofillus? Because, that’s legal, and opposed to the Dem’s who are illegally leaking “supposed classified” documents? I really think this is/has been a goad that exposes the real leakers, like, “little Adam Schitt” as a prime example. There’s way more going on than we surfs have any clue, and YES, that’s frustrating as all get out!

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  12. 300 says:

    Soo asking for a friend doesn’t economic war always precede real war. Not that I disagree with his policies but just the facts folks.

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  13. Perot Conservative says:

    He can do both. He has already raised over $100M for 2020 by October of last year!

    And with Twitter alone he has 55 Million followers?

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      Imagine this. What if DJT replaces Ginsburg … and then has a 2nd term where hd at least replaces Justice Thomas.

      He replaces the mist liberal and most conservative. Potentially 4 SCJs, and maybe a 5th? 2023 is a long ways away!

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  14. Broseph Mcgee says:

    Those evil ones will fall. No need to worry.

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  15. Pyrthroes says:

    Time will tell, but this humbling perspective seems spot-on. Two years past Trump’s inauguration, we sense that our (risibly limited) capacities just plain fail to appreciate the concerted thrust of Trump’s initiatives.

    Dangerous as it is to trust in any dominating figure, it’s getting to the point where we simply watch and nod VSG’s initiatives . In this rare case, pragmatism embodies principle… let armchair types opposing DJT consider the abjectly wretched, defiantly corrupt and treacherous alternative.

    ” … sail on, O Ship of State!
    Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
    Humanity with all its fears,
    With all our hopes for future years,
    Is hanging breathless on thy fate!”

    Longfellow, 1865
    Quoted by Winston Churchill, 1942

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  16. Well, we are impatient to see the truth brought out, not because we are short-sighted, but because we are even longer-sighted than “economic security”. A house divided against itself cannot stand, and that is what we have, with an utterly deluded Insane Left, set upon building their new world order on blatant lies and old, divisive hatreds. As many of us have said, the truth about the insane criminality we have witnessed over the last 10 years MUST come out, there is simply no way it cannot — because our side, numbering in the scores of millions, already knows it.

    I would assume Trump knows this. But I would assume the Insane Left and the globalists in both political parties, obsessed with resisting President Trump, know it too. The incriminating documents WILL come out, in the end.

    So it comes down to a matter of judgment, as to how long Trump’s supposed leverage using those documents will work, before it becomes irrelevant in the larger picture, not of economic security (which is not enough security, in itself) but of national political health, of national coherence altogether. We can’t live with a balkanized, Disunited States (or Disunited Tribes, the DTs).

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  17. GW says:

    He had better Not sacrifice his 2020 reelection ! Because the victorious democrat along with the democrat controlled house and newly controlled senate will undo everything he accomplished !
    I truly hope he is Not that laser focused and loses sight of the bigger, long term picture. We Need him to win in 2020, and gain seats in the senate, and retake the house ! That should be paramount !

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  18. frjas says:

    Bless you, Sundance!

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  19. Alison Wilson says:

    Trump is a master of the “what if” game. He knows that China and or Russia would (and are planning on) declaring war with the US. That is why I think he is working so hard to get our manufacturing base back. When war breaks out, we need to be able to produce our own weapons, ships and planes again. They all need steel. Steel needs coal. They all need fuel (atomic and diesel) – so do our enemies. We will need allies. This is why Germany must not buy its gas from Russia. This makes them beholden to Russia. We need then to be on our side.
    Trump is also looking at what would happen if he lost in 2020 or even lost a majority in Congress. He knows the best way to protect the US from dems is to stock the courts with constitutionalist. Which is why is was so nice to read that Grassley told the dems he would not gavel the Senate closed and ergo let them go home, until all the pending appointments had been voice voted in. I believe that was in December.

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  20. Doug Amos says:

    Politicians run to the fools; controlling them with intelligence insulting lies, soul destroying dreams. President Trump goes to work everyday, selling his country, it’s people. What he says is for real, what his country makes is in demand and the people feel worthy again; they make no apologies for the United States of America and their future, the futures of their children is the envy of the world. The goal is always the future, the past is where it belongs. Well done Mr. President.

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  21. jameswlee2014 says:

    Take your time moving your pieces. Give every indication of doing what you will not do. Do what you have given no prior indication. Play to win by knowing the difference between defeating an enemy and annihilating an enemy and that the only real peace is a Carthaginian Peace. Trump is a good guy. He is not a nice guy. He waves the hammer above them seeing which way they run. When he can get them all at once, he will pulverize them.

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