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Quiet The DC Chatter

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Bill Ehrman

Rarely has the global economic and corporate backdrop been so good only to have the financial markets held back by the needless, sometimes reckless, chatter out of Washington.

While few disagree with most of the messaging coming out of Washington on trade, no one likes how those messages are delivered. Someone should take Trump's cell phone away so he can't tweet 24/7. Let him say what he wants by speaking to all Americans on television and/or holding press conferences fully explaining his positions, his desired remedies and how they would benefit America and our trading partners. It is time for Trump to calm down, act more Presidential, and gather support both here and abroad to press forward with a unified front.

Again, we support most of his economic agenda including his stance on trade calling for open and free trade with reciprocal tariffs, but his delivery is woefully lacking. He is a bull in a china shop when dealing with foreign leaders. No human wants to be embarrassed in public, never mind the head of China. It's time he learned to improve his Emotional Intelligence. We are on the cusp of a great market only if he was courageous enough to be humble and admit this significant weakness in how he relates to others and get to work on correcting it.

He needs act thoughtfully and I don't say this lightly. My wife is an Executive coach and works with leaders to help them learn to communicate in ways to engender trust and build collaboration. It is a simple fact that we live in a global economy where some countries operate under different political, economic and financial systems than our closest trading partners and us. We need enforceable rules that all can live by to promote fair and open trade with remedies for misbehavior, including

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Managing partner of Paix et Prosperite LLC, educator, mentor and consultant.  Former Senior partner and CIO at EGS Partners, Soros Fund Mgt and Century Capital Associates. Experience over 50 years  successfully managing money, investment banking, consulting and mentoring. He incorporates a top down global economic, financial and political view with bottoms up independent research industry by industry and company by company.

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