Trump’s dangerous game
It has been clear from day one that Trump’s approach to diplomacy is a continuation of the bullying and bluster that served him so well in business (“Trump built his empire on bullying and bluster. It can’t save him now”, Comment, last week).
Come on tough, offer an olive branch, set up meeting, walk away, leaving the other side asking: “What was all that about?”, claim a victory, talk tough again, wear down the opposition by continually walking away and then offering hope, clinch the deal on favourable terms to himself or walk away, leaving the other side in a shambles.
The trouble is that he is now playing that game with international trade and finance, trusting that from the wreckage the US will reign supreme, as it did after the depression had wrecked the world economies and leaving the US in the box seat to pick up the pieces and the loot after the Second World War.
Trump has to be stopped, preferably by his own party, if not by the American people and the US courts. Another world war following an economic collapse will not see the US come out on top this time, much as Trump and his supporters may think it will. Melvyn Cheal Manly, Australia
A piece of scrimshaw at the Museum of London Docklands.