Donald Trump is threatening a major trade war with Europe, with China, and possibly Canada to boot. Trade wars are pretty serious stuff. They can damage relations among nations, increase existing tensions, escalate out of control.
Which is why an out of control president needs a straight jacket and a powerful IV sedative.
NBC News has a disturbing report of what drove the Mango Mussolini to proclaim a global trade food fight. Hint: it wasn't trade. It was everything else that was crawling under Trump's skin.
Trump's policy maneuver, which may ultimately harm U.S. companies and American consumers, was announced without any internal review by government lawyers or his own staff, according to a review of an internal White House document.
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.
On Wednesday evening, the president became "unglued," in the words of one official familiar with the president's state of mind.
A trifecta of events had set him off in a way that two officials said they had not seen before: Hope Hicks' testimony to lawmakers investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, conduct by his embattled attorney general and the treatment of his son-in-law by his chief of staff.
Trump, the two officials said, was angry and gunning for a fight, and he chose a trade war, spurred on by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, the White House director for trade.
Trump exhibits the judgment and maturity of an unruly child. He cannot control his emotions and will lash out with scant regard for consequences. This is the very personality you do not want having access to the nuclear launch codes.