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Trump’s Victorious Retreats

  • Why does US President Donald Trump keep making empty threats against other countries?

While his detractors think he is simply a braggart, a fool, and an ignoramus, there could be a less unflattering, though equally depressing, explanation.

  • Anatole Kaletsky
  • Project Syndicate

LONDON – Will Donald Trump back down in his trade war with China, or will he win it?

Xab 1aThe answer is probably both. Trump’s characteristic sequence of blood-curdling threats – “fire and fury,” “squeeze Iran’s exports to zero,” “tariffs on everything Chinese,” “consequences the likes of which few have ever suffered” – followed by a handshake, a…

The most dramatic example was Trump’s abandonment of any…

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