- Trump talks about building infrastructure.
- Trump talks about immigration and takes some action.
- Trump actually takes aggressive action against China.
Trump has been focusing on three major issues during the last few days: immigration, tariffs, and infrastructure. Of those issues, infrastructure is the one that seems at least a bit refreshing. The last time Trump really made infrastructure a major focus was during his 2016 campaign.
During that campaign Trump compared U.S. infrastructure to that of “a third world country.” His promise to rebuild and reinvest in the country’s infrastructure was something that excited and pleased many Americans. However the administration’s efforts to rebuild the country’s infrastructure have thus far fallen short of many Americans’ expectations. Perhaps Trump will bring the focus back to infrastructure as we enter the campaign season.
Trump recently met with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to discuss an infrastructure plan and tweeted Saturday that he is “looking hard at a bipartisan plan of 1 to 2 trillion dollars” and said that the plan was “badly needed,” echoing statements made during his 2016 campaign.
Immigration has been the issue that Trump has championed the most. During the midterms Trump spoke daily about the need for immigration reform and border security. Once again immigration dominates the twitter account of President Trump. On Wednesday the President tweeted, “Big Court win at our Southern Border! We are getting there – and Wall is being built!” On Tuesday Trump tweeted, “Democrats in Congress must vote to close the terrible loopholes at the Southern Border. If not , harsh measures will have to be taken!”
The third issue, and the one that we’ve actually seen aggressive Presidential action on is tariffs. Trump announced that new tariffs on Chinese imports will take effect on Friday. The markets didn’t like this announcement, with the Dow dropping 473 points on Tuesday, following the announcement.
On Monday Trump tweeted that “The United States has been losing, for many years, 600 to 800 Billion Dollars a year on Trade. With China we lose 500 Billion Dollars. Sorry, we’re not going to be doing that anymore!” and on Friday Trump tweeted “Your all time favorite President got tired of waiting for China to help out, and start buying from our FARMERS, the greatest anywhere in the World!” Although the ever escalating trade war with China has long been a focus of the President’s critics, Trump doesn’t seem like he will be backing down. Tariffs and the trade war with China will likely be an issue of the 2020 election.