The New York Times
Trump’s and authoritarianism authoritarian leaders exercise a strange and powerful attraction for president trump. as his trip to asia reminds us, a man who loves to bully people turns to mush — fawning smiles, effusive rhetoric — in the company of strongmen like xi jinping of china, vladimir putin of russia and rodrigo duterte of the philippines. perhaps he sees in them a reflection of the person he would like to be. trump’s obsessive investment in personal relations may work for a real estate dealmaker. but the degree to which he has chosen to curry favour with some of the world’s most unsavoury leaders, hurts america’s credibility.