That is essentially what President Trump is saying to other nations like Canada, with his America First policy and his recent Defense Production Act order to 3M not to ship face masks that Canada was buying from the company. Evidently, the president missed the lesson that the great Zig Ziglar taught that, “You can get anything you want in life, so long as you help enough other people get what they want.” The synergy of working together to tackle life’s challenges is being lost in Trump’s foreign policy. A simple example will make the point: two horses working together can pull about 9000 pounds. But four horses working together can pull not only 18,000 pounds, but can actually pull about 30,000 pounds. Pulling together works better because of synergy. It is one thing to say America First when it comes to people potentially bringing Covid-19 across the border. It is quite another matter to apply it to essential goods and services such as face masks or food being trucked across, or doctors and nurses coming across to help in the health care epidemic in Detroit or even essential migrant workers to do farming.

 

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