Yesterday, leaders of the building trades unions went to the White House, to meet with Donald Trump. Trump was just signing the executive orders to move ahead with the Keystone XL pipeline, and the Dakota Access Pipeline, both projects that many of those unions support.
When they came out, the union leaders spoke glowingly of Trump, who just delivered two projects to them. In fact, North America’s Building Trades Unions put out this release, which positively gushed about Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is, if nothing else, an avid salesman of himself. He got what he needed – the unequivocal praise of unions, for the price of just two projects.
Meanwhile, he is pushing through a harshly anti-labor nominee for the Labor Department, opposes any minimum wage, and supports so-called “Right to Work” laws that will end unions. Nowhere in their press release was any warning from the unions that they’d oppose Trump on such moves.
Looking at the whole exercise, I was reminded of the 1990s, when Bill Clinton engaged in what became known as “triangulation.”