Trump Will Have "Phenomenal Relationship" With Obama, Doesn't Want China Trade War, Says Adviser
The president-elect will win over his doubters so they will "start seeing him the way I see him,” predicted Anthony Scaramucci, at the Davos World Economic Forum.
One of president-elect Donald Trump's closest advisers took the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday to tell everyone to calm down.
Anthony Scaramucci, a well-known financier who co-hosts Wall Street Week on the Fox Business Network and is Trump's director of public liaison, used the global platform to quiet fears on both sides of the Atlantic ahead of Trump's inauguration Friday.
Scaramucci compared the concerns from Trump opponents to those ahead of Ronald Reagan's presidency. "People in Europe were very concerned about Ronald Reagan but eight short years later, they saw he was a man of peace," Scaramucci told the crowd of international journalists. “Let me put your minds at ease: (Trump) has the elements of a great leader."
In a wide-ranging interview with Philipp Rosler, the former German economics minister and vice chancellor, Scaramucci dismissed concerns that a Trump presidency would be politically divisive or result in strained relations between the U.S. and its European partners.
“President Trump will have a phenomenal relationship with [outgoing] president Barack Obama,” Scaramucci said, predicting that “two years from now they will be on the golf course trying to help each other.”
He said the president-elect has "tremendous respect" both for Russian President Vladimir Putin and for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, downplaying comments Trump made in a recent interview, in which he criticized Merkel's policies toward immigration.
Scaramucci also downplayed Trump's comments, from the same interview, that NATO was “obsolete” and that other European countries would follow Britain's lead and vote to exit the European Union. On NATO, Scaramucci said Trump was merely suggesting the military alliance be altered to focus less on the threat of global communism and more on the dangers of radical terrorism.
As for the EU, “I don't hear him calling for the breakup of the European Union,” Scaramucci said, “all he was saying was maybe the people in [the EU capital] Brussels don't know the best policies to implement in Manchester...[and that] the EU bureaucracy has to play close attention to working-class families and the middle class.”
On the issue of China, Scaramucci said Trump wanted more “fair and equitable trade” and not a “trade war,” noting that the Chinese and Americans “have a common cause” to grow the middle class in both countries. The issue has been in focus for entertainment industry watchers given the growth of the Chinese box office in recent years and the relationships and deals between Chinese companies and Hollywood studios.
Scaramucci concluded by predicting that the president-elect would win over most of his doubters once he takes office. “My prediction is you are going to start seeing him the way I see him,” he said.