Donald Trump hopes to follow his instincts more rather than staff’s advice

The president has long considered himself his own best consultant, saying during the presidential campaign:. Trump has told confidants recently that he wants to be less reliant on his staff, believing they often give bad advice, and that he plans to follow his own instincts, which he credits with his stunning election, according to two people who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about private conversations.

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ABC News -
How Trump went from insults to talks with Kim Jong Un: ANALYSIS

At some point in May, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un may meet face to face, share a handshake and sit down to talk.

Another surprising move by a president who defies norms continuously and seems to make policy on the fly, whether or not his advisers or Trump himself are prepared. "We are here through a combination of happenstance, impulsiveness on the part of the president of the United States, a little bit of strategy, and a little bit of luck," Michael Fuchs, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration, told ABC News.

Global News -
Donald Trump on Twitter: North Korea promises to halt missile tests ‘through our meetings’

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon that North Korea had promised to refrain from conducting missile tests “through our meetings.”

A White House official said on Friday Trump remained committed to a meeting based on conditions laid out by South Korea: that Kim is committed to denuclearization, will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests and understands that U.S.-South Korean military exercises must continue.

Wall Street Jurnal -
Trump on Kim Talks: ‘Tell Him Yes’

Inside the Oval Office late Thursday, President Donald Trump interrupted a trio of South Korean officials as they analyzed an offer to meet from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and outlined possible diplomatic options.

The general plan is for U.S. officials to have preliminary conversations with their North Korean counterparts and determine that they are serious before Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim meet for talks about negotiations at a place and time to be determined.

Trump: Deal with N Korea is 'in the making'

President Trump has tweeted that a deal with North Korea is "very much in the making", a day after revealing he had agreed to meet its leader Kim Jong-un. Earlier, the White House said the meeting would not take place unless Pyongyang takes "concrete actions" first.

Some expressed concern the Trump regime could "fall into the North Korean trap" of granting concessions with nothing tangible in return.

DW -
Is a Trump-Kim meeting a recipe for disaster? Or so crazy it just might work?

Send Facebook Twitter Google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Any deal would require crafting detailed and nuanced measures to rein in North Korea, but the Trump administration has slim pickings when it comes to expert advise on complex negotiations.

He thinks a Trump-Kim meeting is the least bad option available because it could prevent war and buy time in which North Korea could collapse or evolve.

Fox News -
Trump says Australia could be exempt from steel, aluminum tariffs

President Trump said Friday Australia could be exempt from the newly imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, suggesting Australia’s commitment to a “very fair” and “reciprocal” relationship.

TRUMP IMPOSES TARIFFS ON ALL STEEL, ALUMINUM EXPORTS; EXEMPTS CANADA AND MEXICO FOR NOW . The administration’s move to impose tariffs came after a nine-month investigation, led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from April 2017 through January 2018.

The Guardian -
Donald Trump says he's working on deal with Australia for tariff exemption

Australia appears to have won a reprieve from the United States’s global steel and aluminium tariffs, after the US president, Donald Trump, confirmed that he and Malcolm Turnbull were working on a security agreement for exemptions.

Working very quickly on a security agreement so we don’t have to impose steel or aluminum (sic) tariffs on our ally, the great nation of Australia!,” He is committed to having a very fair and reciprocal military and trade relationship.

New York Times -
What History Has to Say About the ‘Winners’ in Trade Wars

On the question of who wins, “the easy answer is to say that no one wins a trade war,” said Marc-William Palen, a professor of history at the University of Exeter in Britain and the author of “The ‘Conspiracy’ of Free Trade,” which examines trade rivalry between the United States and the British Empire in the 19th century. “But the more I reflect on it, it seems the winners are those nations that don’t take part.”

New York Times -
U.S. Allies Jostle to Win Exemptions From Trump Tariffs

Mr. Norman and five other prominent Australian business leaders signed a letter beseeching Mr. Trump not to take “any action that might have demonstrable negative impact on the mutually beneficial American-Australian bilateral relationship.”

If they offer something in return for favorable treatment — like, say, the increases in military spending Mr. Trump has demanded from NATO allies — they could encourage the president to use access to the United States market as a cudgel in the future.

Wall Street Jurnal -
China, Europe Slam Trump’s Tariffs as U.S. Metalworkers Cheer

China and Europe lashed out against new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, while officials and executives from several American allies caught in the crossfire reacted more cautiously, embracing what the White House promised would be some flexibility in implementation.

South Korea’s trade, industry and energy minister, Paik Ungyu, said the country would continue the diplomatic push and had been offered some hope by Mr. Trump’s comment that some U.S. allies could still be spared the tariffs.

Wall Street Jurnal -
Après Cohn, le Deluge?

The forces of protectionism (led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ) and the forces of the free market (led by Mr. Cohn ) had in fact met in an uneasy middle—and had put on paper a very specific plan.

Mr. Cohn had grounds to resign on that double-dealing alone, but few know that he spent this past weekend talking the president down from an even more Planet Mars idea from Team Ross —to set tariffs closer to 50%.

NBC News -
Trump makes big bets on tariffs and North Korea. Will they pay off?

In the span of a few hours, President Trump and the White House announced 1) new tariffs on steel and aluminum (with exceptions for Canada and Mexico), and 2) that they had accepted an invitation to meet face-to-face with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter. WASHINGTON — Thursday was Vintage Trump.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte