Trump’s dan­ger­ous game

The Observer - - Comment & Analysis -

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.

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