It's from a CNN report about the trade war. Here is the context:
Driving Trump, according to aides, is a persistent aversion to appearing weak, even in the face of dire warnings and political fallout. But he has also allowed internal divisions to persist -- a management style he prefers -- offering up uncertain negotiating territory and giving Beijing an opening to exploit divisions among the President's top economic advisers.
I've got three questions to ask.
- What does "driving" mean here?
- Is the "is" in phrase "is a persistent aversion to appearing weak" a misprint? I have only found a phrase "have an aversion to doing" in the Cambridge Dictionary.
- What does "offering up uncertain negotiating territory" mean?