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Khaleej Times - - OPINION -

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.

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