What effect does the Trump circus have on the world?

By Fareed Zakaria of the Washington Post

It’s easy to get distracted by the circus of the Trump presidency. But what is its larger effect?

  • A persistent complaint from Asian countries has been that while the United States worries about the rise of China — as Pence did in his speech at the ASEAN summit — it is abandoning the field to Beijing.
  • Few ideas have been as thoroughly tested through history as the notion that trade raises a country’s income and living standards. It can also create habits of cooperation, even peace, as it has done in Europe and as it might help do in Asia.
  • In 1988, President Ronald Reagan warned, “We should beware of the demagogues who are ready to declare a trade war against our friends — weakening our economy, our national security and the entire free world — all while cynically waving the American flag.

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About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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