According to two officials, Trump's decision to launch a potential trade war was born out of anger at other simmering issues and the result of a broken internal process that has failed to deliver him consensus views that represent the best advice of his team.* I am waiting for the Steve Kates, Trump sycophant extraordinaire, to explain to the world why it's actually not a bad idea idea at all. Or is that a challenge too far even for him? (I'm suspecting he'll go with a "but every single other decision Trump has made has been so good, this one won't undo his tremendous legacy.")
On Wednesday evening, the president became "unglued," in the words of one official familiar with the president's state of mind.
* If you look up Scott Adams on twitter, you will see that not only is he claiming that Trump making decisions irrationally is actually a good "negotiating" tactic (left unsaid is who he is actually "negotiating" with when it comes to tariff wars); he's now on board with the Seth Rich conspiracy. Funny how Adams doesn't seem to realise that chatting into his webcam every day makes him look like a loser talking to himself. (Yes, I know, he does have live viewers during these pieces, but it still makes him look like what he almost certainly is - an eccentric lonely looser with no real friends, even if he does have squillions.)