The “ultimate dealmaker” couldn’t recognize a good deal when it was right in his face.
Donald Trump, the character, and Donald Trump, the man, don’t have much in common. Donald Trump the character was created in the ’80s and came to be synonymous with wealth and business expertise. Donald Trump, the man, was a rich kid who squandered fortunes over and over again while simultaneously being a misogynistic and racist monster. And as many times as the latter tried to convince us that the former was the real guy, that he should be defined by his gaudy towers that stand out like herpes on the skylines of every city they’re in, the fact is that he’s never been that skilled at business. And never has this lack of actual business acumen been on display as clearly as it was when Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
You see, the question in every deal is “What do you want, and how much are you willing to give up for it?” Well, Trump wanted to distract from the Russia scandal for a minute and get credit from his most loyal supporters for undoing something Barack Obama did. Never mind that the Paris Agreement is one of those rare things where people on both sides have been polled and the results showed that the overwhelming majority of people think staying in the agreement is a good situation for all. Nope. Trump doesn’t care. He wants that sweet love from the MAGA wing of the GOP. It’s certainly not the business wing that overwhelmingly thinks staying in is a mistake. See, everyone from the CEO of Goldman Sachs:
…to giant oil companies:
President Donald Trump faces some unlikely opposition to the idea ofpulling the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris climate accord: Exxon MobilCorp. and ConocoPhillips, two of the world’s biggest oil producers.
…to basically every CEO in Silicon Valley. You know, people who actually know what they’re doing.
So what is Trump willing to give up to make those who just want to see Obama’s legacy burn like him? Well, he’s willing to give up his and your children’s futures. We’re talking the potential death of the planet. He’s made a decision that could be a damning inflection point that will one day answer the question “Where did we go wrong?” as we all sit around the beach…in Cleveland…in December.
The simple fact is, what he got is not worth what he gave up. That’s bad for business. And I don’t care how many times he tries to make this about coal miners—we know that’s not the real reason. After all, his real feelings on coal miners are well documented.