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Tumpism or Trumtasy?

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21.05.2019

In November 2016, no one was more surprised at Donald Trump's victory at the polls than Trump himself. Beating Hilary Clinton, a career politician, he became the first American president with no prior public service experience.

Needless to say, when he came to power, Trump did not have a comprehensive plan for the United States, much less for its role in the world. Analysts and the media struggled to figure out what exactly he would mean for US foreign policy.

The only clue they had was a dozen lamentations, which he paid to get published as a full-page ad in the New York Times in 1987, and which he repeated regularly until he won the White House.

The world had its first close encounter with Trumpism two years ago this week, when Trump embarked on his first foreign trip as president. He patronised, bullied and chastised dozens of heads of state in seven days that shook the world.

At his first stop in Riyadh, Trump praised Saudi Arabia, bashed Iran, and lectured 50 Arab and Muslim leaders on the need to combat "Islamist extremism" and "Islamist terrorism". In return, Trump received $110bn in Saudi arms purchases and investment commitments. It was a profitable visit which not even his "Muslim ban" could overshadow.

On his second stop, the US president visited Jerusalem and Bethlehem where he praised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, berated Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and vowed to "trump" all previous deals with the "ultimate deal", courtesy of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The latter, of course, is a certified radical Zionist with no foreign policy experience, who insists on ignoring all UN resolutions and scrapping all past agreements.

Trump then attended three consecutive summits with his supposed allies from NATO, the EU, and the G7. At the three gatherings, he scolded partners about defence spending, trade, refugees, and Russia, avoided making commitments to Western collective security, and even shoved a European head of state for good measure.

If there was any doubt about Trump's........

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