It resembles a game of chess in many ways, but the pieces are more akin to those used in a game of checkers, at least until 'deposed'.
It is impossible to ascertain the true intrinsic value of each piece taken until your opponent has made their retaliatory move.
It is reactionary and played entirely in post, switching intermittently between damage and damage control.
Everyone is playing for keeps; but the game, by definition, can not have a winner.
These are my thoughts anyways.
I consider it chess because it's played out by mentally exploring as many of your moves and retaliatory moves ahead of time as possible and enacting the best strategy. In other ways, it operates like Monopoly where by many players simply win by attrition....they get tired of playing or run too low on money.
The unfortunate news for us is that Trump likely cannot play either and will operate purely on retaliation alone.
Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."