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Two of the thorniest problems facing the nation at the moment actually have been created by Donald Trump and his odd, lingering resentment of the past accomplishments of his predecessor and his administration, according to a Republican former governor and congressman.
The current ongoing trade war with China and the attendant tariffs which are hurting US farmers and many other businesses is due to Trump deciding not to follow through on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, negotiated by President Barack Obama and members of his team, suggested John Kasich, who also ran for GOP presidential nomination against Trump in 2016.
Meanwhile, the nation could go to war with Iran specifically because Trump tore up the nuclear weapons deal the Obama administration set in place, in concert with several key US allies, Kasich offered.
“Again, I hate to say this, but we have a bunch of countries that are connected to us through the World Trade Organization. It is the way in which we manage this trade relationship. If you don’t have good trade relationships it can lead to conflict. The president was right to go after them from the standpoint of them stealing our intellectual property, not having a level playing field, having state subsidized businesses, but the best way to resolve this was to work with all of the nations in the West who share the same view we have to increase the leverage and the pressure on China,” Kasich said in an on-air appearance on CNN. “Furthermore, we also withdrew — we never ratified the Pacific trade agreement. You know why? Because it was Obama’s. You know what we’re doing with Iran? Because it was Obama’s. There are some things that people in the other party do that make sense. And so here we are in this trade war. It’s hurting farmers. If there’s one thing that farmers want, it’s two things. They want great weather and they want access to international markets. And they’re not getting it now. And they wake up in the morning and say: ‘What’s going to happen to my family, what’s going to happen to my business?’ It’s serious stuff, because other countries are going to fill in the gap for the things we’re not exporting, other nations will do it.”
Both the trade war with China and the standoff with Iran could have negative results which come back to haunt Trump as he seeks re-election.