At the beginning of 2019, the players are showing their cards. The game is entering its critical phase.
In Trump’s strongholds in Ohio and Michigan, of all places, the lights are set to go out in several plants because costs are skyrocketing.
"Canadians won't forget Trump's disgraceful treatment of Canada. Our economic partnership has been reaffirmed, but trust can't be rebuilt with the stroke of a pen."
The partial triumph of his demands reaffirms his policy of threatening first, then imposing tariffs, then negotiating after a process of intimidation.
Neither growth nor stability is assured, much less fairness.