History Repeating

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Proving that perhaps common ground is not as far off as some might think, Breitbart News reported that the Associated Press reported that President Obama was dutifully assuring U.S. trade partners not to be overly concerned by by the policies of incoming president Donald Trump. Breitbart gave high marks to President Obama, stating that the AP reports that while talking with foreign trading partners, Obama took the time to preserve international trade relations and assuage their concerns, advising them not to assume the worst regarding the next administration.

“I think it will be important for everybody around the world to not make immediate judgments, but give this new president-elect a chance to put their team together, to examine the issues, to determine what their policies will be,” Obama said. “How you campaign is not always how you govern.”

The article’s glowing praise continued, giving Obama accolades for his tough talk on trade while campaigning for president, and also drew multiple parallels between Trump’s recent campaign statements and similar tough talk from Obama eight years ago. Breitbart was keenly fascinated by Trump’s ability to say today many of the same things that Obama had said eight years ago, and even cited this example for its similarity:

“China needs our market” Obama said in 2008. “Their economy is dependent on exports to the United States. And we have bargaining power…what we need to do is to just be better bargainers, and say look, here’s the bottom line, you guys keep on manipulating your currency, we are going to start shutting off access to some of our markets.”

Breitbart ultimately had praise for the tough talk of both leaders, and concluded the article with complements to Trump for following Obama’s lead in the best interests of U.S. international trade relations.

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