Caroline Baum: Trump’s nutty views on trade are infiltrating foreign policy

“I love the Saudis. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”— Donald J. Trump, 2015

Not much has changed since Trump uttered those words — except for the fact that he is now president of the United States. He is still a businessman at heart. He still sees selling something to someone else as the only thing that counts. He has never been able to make the leap from what is good for his business — sales — to what is good for the nation: access to cheap, foreign imports.

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