I really don't like this:
“You’ve got to settle this trade war with China,” Zandi said. “Otherwise he’s going to make things much more difficult for himself when he runs for election.”
The momentum early in the year is not on Trump’s side, nor does it seem to be pointing to recession. The final reading of fourth-quarter GDP showed growth at just 2.2 percent to finish off a year where gains hovered right around 3 percent. However, estimates for the first quarter show an increase of just 1.5 percent, beginning what could be a tough road ahead.
The administration is expected to roll out an infrastructure program aimed at boosting growth, but chances of its passage are slim. Democrats controlling the House are unlikely to want to give Trump an economic win with the election hovering just overhead. [Source]
I don't like playing politics with the economy.
No, Trump should not rush to settle with the Chinese. He should add democracy as a condition for any deal with China.
He should push for fiscal stimulus. Let the Democrats defend themselves against needed infrastructure spending.
Finally, Trump should admit that his corporate-tax giveaway was a sugar rush at best and only served the uber-rich. People at the bottom did not benefit.