President Donald Trump tried to explain his agitating approach to life, politics and the rest of the world in a flash of impatience during a blustery news conference in France.
“It’s the way I negotiate. It’s done me well over the years and it’s doing even better for the country, I think,” he said.
Trump’s comment encapsulated the untamed personality that his fellow world leaders are beginning to get used to — and work around after his 29 months in office.
But in a deeper sense, Trump also shed light on fundamental judgments about his tenure that voters must make before the 2020 election.
His political future could rest on whether a sufficient number of Americans decide that the Trumpian tumult of his first term expresses their frustration with the Washington establishment and has delivered the wealth, peace and patriotic pride that he promised in the 2016 campaign.