— CNBC (@CNBC) August 21, 2019
“This isn’t my trade war, this is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.
“Somebody had to do it,” the president said. He added, while looking to the heavens: “I am the Chosen One.”
Trump continued: “Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China. I’m taking on China on trade, and you know what? We’re winning.” (CNBC)
This right here -- this is why Trump's trade war isn't ending anytime soon.
Trump's trade war is crucial to his cult of personality, not the economy, and he can't give it up.