Trump the Negotiator Violated the Cardinal Rule of Negotiating

Edward Alden: “… Trump showed he does not understand the first thing about trade negotiations. In announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, Mr. Trump has just unilaterally given away the biggest piece of leverage he had to deal with the biggest challenge in the world of trade, which is the increasingly troubling behavior by the world’s second largest economy, China. It is the first rule of any negotiation that you don’t give away something for nothing. Mr. Trump just did. And as foreign policy analyst Dan Drezner tweeted: ‘That sound you hear is the clinking of champagne glasses in Beijing.’”

Plurality of Americans Pessimistic About U.S.-China Relations Under Trump

47%

Of Americans expect U.S.-China relations to deteriorate under the Trump administration, according to a YouGov poll from December. Just 19% expect them to improve, while 17% expect them to remain the same. The same poll asked if it was more important to punish China or maintain good relations, and 59% of respondents said maintaining good relations and only 13% wanted to punish China.

Clinton More Trusted on Foreign Policy

59% to 36%

Spread by which Hillary Clinton has widened her edge over Donald Trump as being perceived as more trusted to handle foreign policy, and she has pulled even with Trump on handling terrorism, 48% to 48%, just as foreign policy has come to the forefront of the campaign, a new CNN/ORC poll finds. “And on the most prominent foreign policy issue of late, Russia and its relationship with the US, nearly 6-in-10 see the country as unfriendly, and about half say they think the Russian government is attempting to influence the outcome of the US presidential election.”