Orrin Hatch

Witcover: Policy clarity, Trump style

Witcover: Policy clarity, Trump style

President Trump regularly likes to signal his approval or disapproval by flashing his thumbs up or down. But sometimes he remains inscrutable, even to his Cabinet.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross perhaps better summed it up best on Sunday in commenting on his boss's policy on trade tariffs. "Whatever his final decision is," Mr. Ross offered on NBC News' "Meet the Press," "is what will happen. What he has said, he has said. If he says something different, it'll be something different."

The president's intentions were further "clarified" through his White House trade adviser, Peter Navarro, on CNN the same morning. When asked whether...