In two cases involving his China trade war this week, President Trump suggested the U.S. should ignore historic separations of power and precedent if it yielded good results, Bloomberg's Shawn Donnan writes.
- Trump said the Federal Reserve should keep rates low to help the economy weather the trade war.
- Trump suggested he'd help free a Huawei executive that the U.S. is currently trying to extradite from Canada.
Why it matters: "U.S. officials have struggled for decades to convince suspicious foreign counterparts about the separation of powers ... They didn’t persuade all of the people all of the time — but the framing was central to America’s ability to lead by example," Donnan notes.