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Brooks said coming from a world like the real estate business where you work with and cultivate a lot of thugs helped Trump, who he called "thuggish," deal with North Korea, China, and Iran. The columnist said the president understood being "tough" with a thug produced results in North Korea and even acknowledged that the U.S. is in a "better situation" with the rogue nation than we were otherwise. Brooks said being "tougher" on trade with the Chinese has led to the "right policy." Additionally, Brooks said former President Obama's argument for the Iran nuclear deal, that the country would become moderate and a more familiar member of the world, "turned out to be clearly false."

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Back to Videos David Brooks: "Thug" Trump Understands Iran, North Korea Better Than People Who Have Higher SAT Scores Posted By Ian Schwartz On Date May 12, 2018

PBS NEWSHOUR: New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Amna Nawaz to analyze the week's news, including President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal, reactions from voters in Elkhart, Indiana, where President Trump held a campaign rally on Thursday, the contentious confirmation hearing of CIA director nominee Gina Haspel and more.

Brooks said coming from a world like the real estate business where you work with and cultivate a lot of thugs helped Trump, who he called "thuggish," deal with North Korea, China, and Iran. The columnist said the president understood being "tough" with a thug produced results in North Korea and even acknowledged that the U.S. is in a "better situation" with the rogue nation than we were otherwise.

Brooks said being "tougher" on trade with the Chinese has led to the "right policy." Additionally, Brooks said former President Obama's argument for the Iran nuclear deal, that the country would become moderate and a more familiar member of the world, "turned out to be clearly false."

"They are the most genocidal nation on the face of the earth. They export violence, terror around the earth. And so Trump standing up to them at least has some legitimacy," Brooks said of Iran.

"It's possible that he understands people like that better than people who have higher SAT scores," Brooks said, giving Trump a backhanded compliment.

Brooks, who is big on "norms," realized that people are willing to give them up if it means, 'I can get a better economy, a better society.'

"I was struck by a survey which must have been old, but I hadn't seen it until this week, which was that in the last election 65 percent or so of Americans thought he was unfit to be president, and of those 20 percent voted for him anyway," The New York Times writer said.

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"It's possible that he understands people like that better than people who have higher SAT scores,"

It's also possible that he doesn't.

"Fifty years to judge."

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-13 03:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trump is a disrupter.

We hear a lot about disruptive technology this is a way businesses are successful.

Coming from the business world, this is something Trump understands.

Try a lot of things, if it does not work move on.

To people who have not worked in a business or in the private sector this looks like chaos, but it is the way many successful businesses are run.

This is what the Washington elite do not understand as they have never run a successful business.

#2 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-05-13 11:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

How many successful large businesses has sawdust run? Zero. Dunning Kruger again.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-14 01:23 AM | Reply

How many successful large businesses has sawdust run? Zero. Dunning Kruger again.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-14 01:24 AM | Reply

How many successful large businesses has sawdust run? Zero. Dunning Kruger again.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-14 01:24 AM | Reply

How many successful large businesses has sawdust run? Zero. Dunning Kruger again.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-14 01:24 AM | Reply

How many successful large businesses has sawdust run? Zero. Dunning Kruger again.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-14 01:24 AM | Reply

#2 like... move on from healthcare, Veterans, refugees... in fact nothing domestic on the plate...except wealth transfer -- which is just as easily done overseas.

#8 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-05-14 01:24 AM | Reply

#2 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

So your claim is that the best thing to do is throw time and money at a problem and see what sticks? Doesn't sound like a good business plan to me.

#9 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-14 06:30 AM | Reply

There are many companies who do this. They have whole divisions dedicated to innovation. They spend time and money to see what sticks.

Bell labs at AT&T was a good example of this.

Xerox PARC labs is another.

#10 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-05-14 07:21 AM | Reply

Trial and error in a lab is different than implementing multiple programs and hoping one of them is successful.

#11 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-14 07:32 AM | Reply

"Trump is a disrupter.
We hear a lot about disruptive technology this is a way businesses are successful."

^
Dude.
You bait-and-switched yourself.
You mentioned a disruptive person, then acted like it's the same thing as a disruptive technology.
It's quite a trick, to be able to trick yourself that way.

Sawdust's post is an example of how cognitive dissonance plays out in the real world.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-14 12:16 PM | Reply

We hear a lot about disruptive technology this is a way businesses are successful.

Most of that is -------- coming from precocious tech execs who are running a long con, not building viable long-term businesses.

Anyone who tells you that Trump is a business genius because he breaks things all the time must have amnesia about his career. It's full of dismal failures and outright frauds like Trump University. Without shadowy Russian millions and reality TV paychecks from NBC he would have been broke a long time ago.

#13 | Posted by rcade at 2018-05-14 12:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Flying airplanes into the WTC was... disruptive.
That's just one example of how Osama bin Laden is a business genius.
That operation only cost him $500,000, but his competitor has blown through $4 trillion and counting, and we're still letting that moment define us, seventeen years later.
He unilaterally re-framed the dialogue and altered the course of American foreign policy for decades.

Is that how this works, Sawdust?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-14 12:39 PM | Reply

"Trump is a disrupter."

No, Trump is a liar and a cheat:

Hundreds Claim Donald Trump Doesn't Pay His Bills in Full

www.nbcnews.com

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-14 12:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"This is what the Washington elite do not understand as they have never run a successful business."

Neither has Trump:

To be sure, Trump and his companies have prevailed in many legal disputes over missing payments, or reached settlements that cloud the terms reached by the parties.

However, the consistent circumstances laid out in those lawsuits and other non-payment claims raise questions about Trump's judgment as a businessman, and as a potential commander- in- chief. The number of companies and others alleging he hasn't paid suggests that either his companies have a poor track record hiring workers and assessing contractors, or that Trump businesses renege on contracts, refuse to pay, or consistently attempt to change payment terms after work is complete as is alleged in dozens of court cases.

www.usatoday.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-14 12:56 PM | Reply

No, Trump is a liar and a cheat:

Hundreds Claim Donald Trump Doesn't Pay His Bills in Full

Trump is the self proclaimed King of Debt.

And that is his most positive attribute.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-14 01:32 PM | Reply

A Skunk Works is a side project, not the main thing. Jeebus man.

#18 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-05-14 03:47 PM | Reply

"Strong opinions, loosely held," seems to be a key component of great deal makers.

#19 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-05-14 07:22 PM | Reply

"Strong opinions, loosely held," seems to be a key component of great deal makers.
#19 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

Great deal makers are innately mercurial?

#20 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-05-14 07:32 PM | Reply

mercurial? #20 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

Not recklessly unpredictable, but malleable and able to change when it accomplishes a goal. Moreso pragmatic.

#21 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-05-14 10:47 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by bored, That is more than a little myopic. Trump has failed in business several times. Noticeably in Atlantic City. But he has had several phenomenal successes. Hotels, real estate, golf clubs, and many that spoken of much. He has overextended himself several times. He survived and thrived. He doesn't quit. He thrives on a good fight. He is as Yankee as you can get, Brooklyn born, more money than some countries, brash, rude, and insanely confident. I don't like him, but I have to admit, he is a better president than Obama. Obama accomplished nothing in eight years, except that ACA, which will not survive, unless allowing North Korea to develop nuclear weapons, spend more money than all the presidents in history, creating the debacle in Libya, and creating the civil war in Syria. He would have to line a bunch of people against a wall and shoot them himself to do worse.

#22 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-05-15 01:29 PM | Reply

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