Longtime diplomat Richard Haass on Friday said that President Donald Trump had one of his “best days” in office on Thursday, when the stock market jumped, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was re-elected, and news broke that a trade deal has been reached with China.
"You said something on the break that was fascinating, that was you thought yesterday may have been one of Donald Trump’s best days as president. Why?" MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough said to Haass, who is the president of the Council on Foreign Relations and typically a critic of Trump.
"The stock market went up dramatically, showing the economy’s in decent shape," Haass said, adding that the Dow Jones closed on Thursday after hit a record high point. "You had the China trade deal outlines of a Phase One deal, which will help things. The avoidance of a government shutdown, apparently. Boris Johnson’s win. And you look at all of that and you’re Donald Trump waking up in the White House and the polls show it and you go, 'Not bad.'"
Haass, who has worked in the Departments of Defense and State during several administrations, went on to say that days like this are just what Trump will need to win reelection in 2020.
"This is a formula where he has strong economics, he can go — regardless of who the Democratic candidate is, he’s going to run against the excesses of those people in Democratic Party who stand for something else," he said. "And he’s going to basically say, you know, there’s a case for me."
He added, "And I think for Donald Trump, yesterday was the kind of day that you have to say he should never be discounted or counted out.”
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