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Two Things You Missed in the Trump Interview with Financial Times

Much of the mainstream media focused on President Trump's tough talk on North Korea, but the president also made significant news on two other major issues in 2017.

By NTK Staff | 04.03.2017 @7:09am
Two Things You Missed in the Trump Interview with Financial Times

President Trump’s interview with the Financial Times (FT) was the buzz of Washington over the weekend. The headline, and focus, for much of Washington was President Trump’s vow to deal with North Korea with or without China’s help.

However, President Trump made big news on at least two other fronts. On the issues of U.S.-EU relations and health care, President Trump made statements to the Financial Times that contradict campaign statements and the views of his foreign aides.

More on those two newsmaking items, and what it means for the next four years in the Trump administration.

U.S.-EU RELATIONS

Here’s the key paragraph from FT (emphasis ours):

On Brexit, he is similarly anxious to dispel suggestions that the US would happily countenance a break-up of the EU. Asked if he thought other nations were likely to follow the UK, Mr Trump says: “I would have thought when it happened that more would follow, but I really think the European Union is getting their act together.

Now, candidate Trump hailed Brexit as a “great thing” in June 2016, and said he “could see” the breakup of the entire European Union “happening.” He said in January 2016 that the Germany people will “end up overthrowing” Chancellor Angela Merkel.

So, what changed? Could it be Trump’s first meeting with Merkel two weeks ago led him to change his mind about the European Union?

HEALTH CARE

Here’s the key paragraph from FT (emphasis ours):

“If we don’t get what we want [from conservatives], we will make a deal with the Democrats and we will have in my opinion not as good a form of healthcare,” says the president. “But we are going to have a very good form of healthcare. It will be a bipartisan form of healthcare.”

Trump’s statement should worry Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Republicans are still insistent on Obamacare repeal, and it would seem any deal with the Democrats would either keep or grow Obamacare.

That said, even centrist Democrats don’t seem to itch for a deal with the inflammatory president right now. Still, Trump’s willingness to deal with Democrats is a major departure from the first few months of his presidency.

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