As Mexico, Australia, the European Commission, Iran, China, and even Germany are quickly finding out, Donald Trump is not the type of cool, calm, and collected diplomat that they have been able to run roughshod over in the White House for the past 8 to 24 years. In fact, as one former Australian National Security Adviser acknowledged yesterday, Trump has made everything assumed of America in the past null and void.
Yet even as many of these world leaders are quickly finding out, their long-standing security from being under elitist and globalist protections are quickly dissolving before their eyes with President Trump, as they are now finding themselves in the uncomfortable position of potentially losing all that they had acquired from years of U.S. welfare.
Make no mistake however, some of these nations are quite powerful in their own right, and could easily choose a path which would isolate themselves from Washington and from Trump aggression. But the sad fact of the matter for nearly all nations is that globalism is a two-edged sword, and being interlocked with everyone else means that to disconnect from the foundation (U.S.) would mean very harsh consequences in the short and medium runs.
(Just look at how it took Russia nearly three years after receiving and implementing sanctions to economically recover by having to establish new markets and financial partnerships)
Which begs the question... do most of the nations on President Trump's hit list have that amount of time before civil unrest in their already financially fragile economies tears them apart from within? Even vaunted China is right now dealing with growing unrest over currency issues, and capital controls that are forcing their people to have to keep their money at home domestically.
The answer of course is no, or at least no for the majority of them. And it is this inside knowledge that is giving Donald Trump the upper hand in his sensationalist rhetoric because world leaders have no idea if he is being serious in his intentions, or simply ruffling their feathers before coming to the bargaining table.
Either way, it seems that a few countries aren't willing to wait long to find out, and in just the past two days a couple of them blinked, and are rushing in to appease the America First President to ensure their good standing with especially, the American consumer.
Japan offers to invest in the U.S. and create up to 700,000 new jobs
China wants to expand cooperation with the U.S. in all areas
In just two weeks President Trump has expanded upon Teddy Roosevelt's axiom of speak softly and carry a big stick, to that of speak loudly and carry an arsenal of clubs. And where Roosevelt was willing to support and fund separatists in Columbia to create the isthmus known as Panama just so that he could build his canal, The Donald has shown so far that nothing is yet out of bounds, and leaders around the world are quaking in the aftermath of what Trump's aggression may mean for their economies, and their futures.