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Trump’s theatrics make him the real loser on the world stage

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As he repeatedly reminds us, Donald Trump likes winning – on the economy, on his immigration policies and particularly on trade. Having painted himself as the dealmaker extraordinaire, his reputation depends on it.

The problem is that he keeps picking trade wars that are easy to lose such as with China and the EU. Bruised, and requiring wins to bolster his re-election credentials and fend off the Democratic challengers, Trump has turned his attention to Mexico. In the manner of many who are powerful but thin-skinned, Trump has sought a comfort blanket and a punching bag.

First he started big, trying to rein in Beijing. China is Washington’s biggest economic challenger with whom it has been fighting pitched battles at the World Trade Organisation for years. Trump’s ego is such that he believes he can bring another superpower to heel with the magic bullet of tariffs. Make enough threats of economic damage and anyone will bow........

© Independent