Rex Nutting: With tariffs, Trump finally becomes the rogue president he said he’d be

With his decision to start a trade war, we’re finally seeing the president that Donald Trump said he’d be.

At last, we’re seeing the president who promised to break up the old order, not just in Washington but around the world. The president who would put America first and damn the consequences.

During the Republican primaries in 2016, Trump ran against the Republican establishment, mocking figures such as candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, and House Speaker Paul Ryan as hopelessly beholden to the special interests that had turned Washington against the people. His message resonated with primary voters who were fed up with “the swamp” created by two nearly identical political parties that favored an elite class over the common man.

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