Trump’s Self-Defeating Actions Weaken U.S.

Missing the whole picture.

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Richard Bolling, the scholarly congressman of an earlier generation, taught me, as a young reporter, that politics is a seamless web: Every act affects other actions.

It's a shame the late Missouri lawmaker isn't around to counsel Donald Trump. In the past few days, the president displayed anew his ignorance of this reality by threatening to terminate a trade pact with South Korea, and by having his administration end a Barack Obama order to protect young immigrants who came here as children from deportation.

Even if you are a raging protectionist, taking on South Korea or China on trade at the same time the U.S. needs their cooperation in dealing with the North Korean nuclear threat, perhaps the most dangerous global situation since the Cuban missile crisis, is just dumb.