Washington Post correspondent Anne Gearan must think that President Donald Trump is in possession of amazing predictive powers. Trump has been talking about renegotiating a new NAFTA deal since the time when he was a candidate for president and Gearan thinks that his real purpose of that deal was to change the subject from Senator John McCain soon after his passing in 2018. Yes, Gearan actually made this claim about the purpose of the new NAFTA deal on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday:
MITCHELL: Anne, first to you. You and I covered NAFTA in the past. You can’t just negotiate one part of a three-way deal. I know they would like to and they’ve been involved into hard negotiations. They can do a side deal with Mexico, but that isn’t NAFTA. He’s now saying that he’s renaming it because he, of course, campaigned against NAFTA.
GEARAN: So three things. Trump hates NAFTA, always has. He said he would be willing to have a look at it to see if it can be redone to his satisfaction. But it’s always been clear his preference would be somehow to do away with it, something he cannot do unilaterally. So this is the next best thing. This is a pressure tactic against Canada and his former friend, now not so much friend Justin Trudeau. And I think it’s also a way to change the subject from John McCain and Trump’s relationship with John McCain because now we’re all talking about NAFTA.
So never mind the trade issues involved and the effect on the economy such as the stock market soaring on news of the new NAFTA deal. It is really about changing from the subject of John McCain according to Anne Gearan.