Why doesn't Trump start a war to gain popularity? Even a trade war?
Why doesn't Trump start a war to gain popularity? For example, he could assassinate Kim of North Korea (never mind the law against it, hasn't stopped Trump before). He could start a trade war with China. Or, as suggested by a poster here, he could default on all government debt held by China (or threaten to), which is only 15% of the $26T in total debt. As evidenced by Argentina, default on debt is not as taboo as it seems, and creditors always seem to come back for more lending, especially if you let it be known that it was a 'one-time' event. Anyway Japan actually holds more US government debt than China.
It's well known that the voters 'rally around the flag' when there's a confrontation. It's a mystery to me why Trump doesn't act on this, being behind by 10 points in the polls after the France Veterans gaff (after almost being even on September 2). My only observation is that Trump seems to be good at rhetoric but not good at action. He always talks tough but doesn't follow through. He's very inconsistent and all over the map. That's one of my biggest complaints about him.
I really like the assassination idea though...at some point both Iran and North Korea will have ICBMs that can reach the USA, and that cannot be good with suicidal leaders at the helm.