Trump might be keeping his campaign promises about immigration and trying to ban Muslims, but in just one day, he’s flipped on four of his positions.
One of the biggest is his view on China as a “currency manipulator.” He once tweeted:
Once again Obama fails to classify China as a currency manipulator. He just helped China steal even more jobs and money from us.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2012
However, he told the Wall Street Journal, “They’re not currency manipulators.”–a full reversal.
Next, he criticized Obama for appointing Janet Yellen to the Fed chair, saying “As soon as [rates] go up, your stock market is going to go way down, most likely,” Yet now, in the same interview with the Wall Street Journal, he says he likes and respects her.
Before taking office, Trump was also critical of the Export-Import Bank. It was one of the many institutions Trump marked for closure. Apparently, he’s had a change of heart. “It turns out that, first of all, lots of small companies are really helped, the vendor companies,” Trump told the Journal. “Instinctively, you would say, ‘Isn’t that a ridiculous thing,’ but actually, it’s a very good thing. And it actually makes money; it could make a lot of money.”
And finally, in another major reversal, he is no longer against NATO, which he once said was “obsolete.” However, after the U.S. and European Intelligence began sharing more intelligence on terrorism, he admits, “I said it was obsolete. It is no longer obsolete,” but he still wants NATO allies to “meet their financial obligations and pay what they owe.”
Is it too much to hope that he’ll change more? Most likely.