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A protester shouts while displaying an anti-Donald Trump placard during a rally at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines to coincide with Trump's inauguration, Manila, Jan. 20, 2017 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).

Trump Really Likes Dictators. That’s a Problem for U.S. Foreign Policy

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Observers around the world have found many of the statements coming out of the White House in recent days deeply unsettling. That is nothing new in the era of President Donald Trump. But within the overall stream of Trump’s controversial pronouncements, there is one current that contains important clues about what lies ahead in his presidency.

Since taking office little more than 100 days ago, Trump has reversed course on countless issues, including major matters of foreign policy. But he has remained remarkably consistent in his praise of authoritarian leaders. It has become indisputable that respect for strongmen is a viscerally felt sentiment for the U.S. president, and one that will have major ramifications for American policy during this administration. ...

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