Conservative Michael Rivero – a smart guy – notes: I too am alarmed by Trump’s rhetoric. But there are two factors to consider…..
The first is that Trump is still trying to win Senate confirmation for his nominees, and Trump and the Nominees may be saying what they know the Warmongers in the Senate (like McCain and Graham) want to hear. What Trump does after the confirmations will be telling.
Second, if you read Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal”, he writes that the opening bid in any negotiation should be very aggressive, far beyond reasonable, then let the counterparty negotiate back to what you actually wanted in the first place. That tactic served him well in business and he may well be using it here with Russia, China, and Iran.